Ventilation and Hoodfan Buying Guide
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The kitchen is the main source of pollution inside your home. Cooking creates unhealthy heat, odours, gases, grease, steam and smoke. A kitchen range hood (also known as a hoodfan) is a fan with an enclosure designed to capture and vent these unwanted pollutants. The range hood’s internal fan effectively captures the rising column of air directly over the cooking surface and sends the contaminants outside the home.
How much ventilation do you need? Although there are many factors for how much fan power you need to keep your home clean, an easy guideline to follow is that for every 10,000 BTU of cooking power you have, you need 100 CFM of ventilation. This means that if you do a lot of high-heat wok-style cooking you’ll need a more powerful hoodfan than if you mostly cook with a longer simmer or boiling time.
Types of Ventilation
Home & Lifestyle Considerations
How well a range hood 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 range hood, purchase one with a low sone rating and ensure the ductwork serving the range hood is properly sized.
Actual performance varies greatly among range hood models and manufacturers, so check with a Product Expert to find out which type of range hood is right for your home.
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Some hoodfans will turn on automatically once they detect vapours rising from the cooktop. They can also turn off automatically once the area is cleared, or can adjust the speed of air flow as your cooking changes.