Category Archives: Air Conditioning

How To Reach A State Of Peace And Quiet In The Kitchen

april 30

Did you know that one of the reasons people do not use their range hoods is because of fan noise? Some range hoods are so loud, it’s hard to hold a conversation near one. That forces your family and friends to move out of the kitchen to talk while you’re left behind to finish preparing the meal.

Better quality range hoods and more powerful range hoods usually come equipped with 3 to 6 fan settings. So, you can use a lower fan setting if you’re cooking something that doesn’t produce a whole lot of smoke, grease, fumes, or odors.

But, what if you do cook meals that require a higher fan setting? Should you just grin and bear the fan noise? No! You can actually purchase a silencer.

The silencer is made of galvanized steel and is insulated with rubber on both ends. It can be installed between the range hood and the duct. The silencer looks a little like a car muffler, and it acts like one, too.

Installing a silencer will not affect how well the range hood does its job. It will still draw up as much smoke, grease, fumes, and odors as it can. It will just be a whole lot quieter.

With a silencer’s help, you and your friends and family will be able to fully enjoy that kitchen party.

Top BBQ Party Tips!

april 26

Even if you live in the coldest, snowiest part of the country, it’s grilling time!

Head outside to that outdoor kitchen and fire up the BBQ. We have some pro tips to help you get the most from your grill.

  1. Plan on noshing on some stellar appetizers while you’re grilling. Eating in the great outdoors is fun and a great way to connect with the natural environment.
  2. Invest in a range hood over your BBQ. Releasing all that smoke into the natural environment is not the problem. Breathing in a lungful of smoke, however, is something entirely different. An outdoor range hood will draw up all the grease, smoke, and fumes and direct it away from you and your guests.
  3. Turn up the volume on your favorite tunes… and maybe invite the neighbors so they don’t complain!

Most of all, relax and enjoy your time in the great outdoors.

Have questions about which range hood would be best in your outdoor space? Give us a call!

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 27

Few of us give much thought to the range hood that takes up a significant amount of space over the stove. It is, however, an absolutely essential appliance. That range hood helps keep your indoor air as pure as possible by drawing up all the grease, smoke, steam, odors, and fumes, and exhausting all those pollutants to the outdoors.

At least once per month, especially if you cook a lot, you should give your range hood a good top to bottom cleaning. Use a natural, citrus-based cleaner on the hood to clean up any accumulated dust and stains. Then unhook the housing that holds the filter and fan in place. Most range hood filters can be put through a regular dishwasher cycle. That makes keeping it clean easy, right?

If your range hood has been around for many decades and is just not working as well as it used to, it might be time to consider ripping it out and replacing it with a new one. Consider, too, that the latest range hoods come equipped with a series of modern and convenient technologies. Cleaning reminders, multiple fan speed options, multiple power grades, touch sensitive options, and even timed on and off functions.

Not to mention the varied styles and sizes available today, too.

Need help choosing a range hood for your home and lifestyle? Call us!

Yes! A Range Hood Can Ease Allergy Symptoms

mar. 21

A range hood doesn’t replace an air purification system. Ok, now that we’ve got that one out of the way, let’s talk about what a range hood can do for you.

Your range hood works with your air purification system to clear out as many irritating particles as possible. Turn the range hood fan on every single time you cook. Turn it on at least 15 minutes before you begin cooking, and leave it running at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking.

It will help clear the air of grease, smoke, steam, odors, and potentially harmful fumes.

You might be wondering what those typical by-products of the cooking process have to do with allergies. Good question.

Here’s the answer…

Even in our draft-free, highly efficient homes, pollen, dust and all the other particles that offend our senses are always present. A range hood fan can draw those irritants out of the air and exhaust them to the outdoors where they belong.

Just make sure that your range hood isn’t adding to the problem. Give it a good inside-out cleaning using a natural, non-abrasive cleaner about once per week. At least once per month, depending on how often you cook and what you cook, unhook the filter and run it through the regular dishwasher cycle.

Now you can breathe easier!

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You Might Need A Backdraft Damper

feb. 27

The backdraft damper is one of those range hood components that most of us don’t ever spare a thought for.

And that’s ok.

Having said that, though, I’m going to spend a little time telling you about what a bonus a backdraft damper is.

The whole point of a range hood is to help maintain clean and healthy indoor air quality. It does that by drawing up cooking odors, smoke, grease, and potentially toxic fumes and exhausting all of them to the outdoors.

But, what stops outside air from making its way into your home? Usually, nothing. If you’re trying to make your home as energy efficient as possible, then you don’t want outside air leaking in.

That’s where the backdraft damper comes in.

The backdraft damper opens when you turn the range hood on allowing all that dirty air to escape to the outdoors. Once you turn the range hood off, the damper falls back into place blocking any outside air that might otherwise make its way into your home.

Not all range hoods come equipped with backdraft dampers. For instance, range hoods that are not ducted to the outside don’t need them. Actually, not all range hoods that are ducted have them. Sometimes, a backdraft damper isn’t really necessary, especially if the duct is located in a wind-protected side of the house.

Think that you might want a range hood with a backdraft damper? Give us a call. We’ll explain which modes might work best for your home.

This Is Why Variable Fan Speeds On A Range Hood Rule

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Did you know that range hoods can use up a lot of electricity? You can’t just decide not to use one, either. The kitchen range hood plays a very important role in keeping your kitchen clean and the air inside your home pristine.

Turning the range hood fan on at least 15 minutes before you begin cooking and leaving it running at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking will optimize how well the range hood does its job. That important job is to draw up as much grease, smoke, odors, and potentially toxic fumes as possible and exhaust them all to the outdoors where they can just dissipate naturally in the environment.

So, now you know how important a range hood can be to you and your family’s health. But, how can you maintain a healthy home environment without increasing your electricity use?

Glad you asked!

Look for a range hood that is equipped with variable fan speeds. Most range hoods come with at least two speed options – low and high. If that’s what your range hood has, use the low setting just before you start cooking. Switch to high while you’re cooking, and drop the setting down to low again once you’re done cooking.

Some range hoods come equipped with a greater number of setting options, anything from 1 to 6. Range hoods that offer more settings allow you to better control how dirty air is drawn up and exhausted out. So, if all you’re doing is boiling a small pot of water, you will probably only need to use a setting between 1 and 3. If, however, you’re using your stovetop grill or dealing with oil splatters from frying, you will probably want to use one of the higher settings.

A range hood that features greater setting options may cost more at the outset. But, you will make that money back in terms of energy savings and better air quality in your home.

Venting a Range Hood Outside

Range hoods are common in the sense that the majority of kitchens have them, but what many people do not have in their homes are range hoods that vent the air outside of the house as opposed to simply filtering the air and recirculating it throughout the kitchen. Air ventilation is very important in any kitchen, primarily because of the grease, smoke and debris that crowds the air as a result of cooking and baking. Without proper ventilation, these air pathogens may eventually lead to health problems or food borne illness, so proper ventilation from the start is a necessity.

Under Cabinet Range  Hood                                                       Photo Credit: lovinghere.com

If you already have duct work built into your home, installing your new range hood should be a pretty simple process. On the other hand, if you were previously using a ductless range hood and are looking into switching to a vented range hood that will actually deposit the contaminated air to the outside of the house, you may need some additional construction and design work to make sure that everything is properly set up and ready to go.

Step 1:
Before beginning the ductwork and vent hood installation process, make sure to remove any unnecessary body parts from the hood such as the filter, fan, light housing and electrical work

Step 2:
Lift the hood to its permanent location above the range and outline the section that will be knocked out for the duct with a pen or pencil. The knock-out can also be made through the top for wall mounted vent hoods.

Step 3:
Saw out the rectangular piece from the wall where you made the outline, and drill a hole next to this box for the electrical line.

Step 4:
Repeat the same process for cutting a rectangular hole on the outside of the house. If possible, remove the block from the outside wall from inside of the house to achieve better alignment with the first hole.

Step 5:
You can create a mounting plate by aligning a piece of PVC plate to the hole against the inside of the kitchen. You can affix the plate with screws and a silicone adhesive as necessary.

Step 6:
If possible, get someone to help you hold the vent hood in place as you feed the cable through slot next to the knockout hole, and clamp the range hood into its permanent position against the wall and above the range.

Step 7:
Now it’s time to install your duct work. You can do this by starting with the rectangular hole on the outside of the house. Slide the exterior vent cap into the hole and secure with screws. As necessary, apply a silicone sealant around the edges of the cap to ensure no moisture can seep through on wet or rainy days.

Step 8:
On the inside of the wall, ensure electrical function before sealing off the duct work. Use a wire not to conceal the electrical wiring, and attach the vertical cover to hide the ductwork and finish installation.

Step 9:
Finally, install the body parts back into the range hood and enjoy a cleaner, more breathable kitchen space!

Range HoodPhoto Credit: heimdecor.net

Have you installed a range hood and/or ductwork in your home? If so, how did it go? Did you encounter any issues, or do you have any suggestions for others who are looking to do a self-manned installation?

How to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

This guest post is by Lewis Jackson of Air-N-Water.

G1   Summer cooking can be a real pain. Not only is it hot outside, but the heat from your stove and oven adds to it, raising the temperature even higher. Even worse, if it leaks out into the adjoining rooms, it can wreak havoc on your electricity bills. The additional heat triggers your thermostat, signaling your air conditioner to work overtime in an attempt to maintain its temperature settings. Besides switching to cold foods or restricting your cooking to late night or early morning, the best way to avoid these problems is either to vent the heat, cool your kitchen, or both.

Ventilating Your Kitchen

If your home uses a central air conditioner, ventilating your kitchen can be difficult. The natural solution, opening a few doors or windows to circulate the air with a cross breeze, isn’t practical, so the best solution is to capture the heat before it can dissipate, through a ranged hood. They use fans to draw in the hot air from the stove and funnel it out of your home so it doesn’t affect the rest of your home or throw off your cooling system.

 Cooling Your Kitchen

Ventilation keeps the heat from your kitchen appliances from interfering with the temperature settings in the rest of your home, but staying cool while you’re cooking most likely requires spot cooling. Spot cooling is used to reduce hot spots in buildings. Small coolers are brought in to provide additional air wherever local conditions prevent central AC systems from lowering temperatures effectively.

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In kitchens, spot cooling is normally performed by portable air conditioners or window air conditioners. These are low-cost, single room units that utilize less electricity that central air or split AC systems and remove excess humidity from the air, which makes it easier for your body to regulate its internal temperature. Some units, like the NewAir AC-12200E and the NewAir AC-14100E, actually use the collected moisture to cool the compressor, boost their efficiency rating, and reduce their electricity consumption.

To determine what sized air-conditioner will work most effectively in your kitchen, measure its area (length x width) and compare to the chart to the right. By the standards of most rooms, the average kitchen is pretty small, only 150 square feet, which is why spot cooling makes sense as an economical solution to your heating problems. 150 square feet only requires 5,000-6,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of cooling power, so a small unit is all that’s needed to handle the job. To keep costs under control, only activate them as needed, and add 4,000 BTUs to your rating in order to compensate for the activity of your stove or oven.

Air & Water is a family owned appliance company and one of the premier air cooling and heating companies online. We supply cooling solutions for everyday living. To learn more, visit us at air-n-water.com.

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