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Buying Guide: Ventilation and Hoodfans

Ventilation is an integral part of any kitchen. Proper ventilation provides a cleaner, healthier and more enjoyable cooking environment by removing moisture, odour and unhealthy by-products of combustion.

Why Do I Need a Hoodfan?

Did you know the kitchen is the main source of pollution inside your home? Cooking creates unwanted and unhealthy heat, odours, gases, grease, steam and smoke. A kitchen range hood, or hoodfan, is a fan with an enclosure designed to capture and vent these unwanted pollutants. The hoodfan's internal fan effectively captures the rising column of air directly over the cooking surface and sends the contaminants outside the home.

Different hoodfans perform this function in different ways and with varying levels of efficiency. Most kitchen hoods are located directly over the cooking surface. Alternatives include downdraft kitchen exhaust units and hoods with remote-mounted fans such as an inline, wall or ceiling mounted fan.

Before You Buy

How well a hoodfan performs depends on its airflow (measured in CFM - cubic feet of drawn air per minute), sound, power and ducting. Adequate ducting is essential to properly dispel the contaminants out of the house. To minimize sound associated with your hoodfan, purchase one with a low sone rating and ensure the ductwork serving the range hood is properly sized.

Although there are many contributing factors in the performance of today’s modern ventilation appliances, a noted rule of thumb is that for every 10,000 BTU of cooking power, 100 CFM of ventilation is required.  

Actual performance varies greatly among models and manufacturers, so check with your Trail Product Expert to find out which type is right for your home.

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