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Where Should A Kitchen Exhaust Fan Be Placed?

The placement of kitchen exhaust fans can affect both the fan's performance and your home's air quality. An ineffective installation can cause several problems, including a rattling noise, poor air movement, and the dumping of contaminants into other parts of the home. You can improve the operation of a kitchen ducted exhaust fan by installing it in the right place according to the layout of your kitchen and your home.

Best locations for kitchen exhaust fans

There are different types of kitchen exhaust fans and ventilation systems that can be installed within kitchens to eliminate moisture and odors while cooking. These include kitchen ceiling fans, under-cabinet exhaust fans, downdraft vent hoods, and kitchen ducted exhaust fan. Of these styles, a ceiling fan will mostly move air around, while under-cabinet fans or downdraft vent fans work to remove and replace greasy, humid air with air that has been filtered.

The kitchen ducted exhaust fan is the only one that will take contaminated air out of the home and dispel it into the atmosphere. But, knowing where to locate these exhaust fans can make a big difference in performance.

Best Kitchen Fan Locations

  • Ceiling mounted above stove
  • Inside cabinet above stove
  • Inside a range hood
  • Wall-mounted beside the stove

Best Venting and Ductwork Locations

  • Vent kitchen fan directly outside of structure
  • Avoid venting between floors or walls
  • Keep ductwork as straight and smooth as possible
  • Minimize duct bending to avoid crushing or dents
  • Use the maximum diameter duct to fit exhaust fan
  • Do not vent into attic or crawlspace

Sidewall Exhaust Fan Locations

The Canarm kitchen shutter mounted wall exhaust fan is a great option for locations that do not have the ceiling space and/or sufficient duct routing space up and out of the home's roof or other vent locations. These fans can not only vent but also cool a variety of locations, including kitchens, attics, sheds, greenhouses, and garage spaces. These new generation of shutter fans are quieter and feature smart technology, such as a programmable controller that automatically adjusts air flow in response to changing temperatures.

Shutter exhaust fans can also be installed within an existing window or opening in the wall to avoid the necessity of duct routing up and out of the kitchen area. The added benefit to removing stale, greasy air is the cooling effect and ease of installation for these high-powered fans. Shutter fans are mounted on the interior side of the structure without any need for external framing or additional shutters to deflect rain water.

Visit us at Industrial Fans Direct for a wide selection of kitchen exhaust fans, kitchen ducted exhaust fan, and the Canarm kitchen shutter mounted wall exhaust fan. We carry a large inventory of exhaust fans for commercial, residential, and industrial applications from major manufacturers such as Continental Fan, Canarm, and more.

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