Kitchen Exhaust Fans
How many of you have ever cooked a meal and set off the fire alarm in the process? There are two possible reasons for this. The first may be because you have a cooking problem. The second is because you didn’t have a kitchen exhaust fan or the one you have isn’t working the way kitchen exhaust fans should.
Even if you are a great cook mistakes can happen and burning of any food will cause smoke. It is the job of the exhaust fan to suck in the smoke and to remove it through the vents and out of the house or move up into the air and to disburse it so that it does not set off any alarms and so you can see what you are doing.
There are some homes that are designed with a kitchen exhaust fan that vents off into the attic. This is one of the worst designs that is used and if this is the case with your home than you should try to get it removed. The problem with this is that if there is a fire in the kitchen the vents will pull it into the attic and burn more of your home. This is especially true when there are large amounts of grease running through the vents.
It is better to invest in a commercial grade exhaust fan that are available to be used in homes. These are quiet and are better at removing the smoke and smell from your home. To make it safer to use you should have it vented outside of your home. These particular kitchen exhaust fans usually cost between $100 to $600.
These fans can be purchased in a variety of sizes. The larger the fan the more air it is able to circulate. The most important thing you need to know when trying to shop for one is the BTU or British thermal units it should have. For each 10,000 BTUs produced by your range hood the exhaust fan will have a cubic feet per minute rating of 100. This is how much air it can circulate. If you have a range that is measured out to 50,000 BTUs then you need a fan that has been rated for 500 CFM.