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