Kitchen Exhaust Fans for Wallless Homes
June 19, 2012 10:21 AM Subscribe
I've been advised to get a 900cfm range hood for my loftlike kitchen/living area, but I really want a ceiling-mounted exhaust fan instead. What are my options?
posted by hyperfascinated to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just bought my first home and am working on making it livable. The most important change I made was to eliminate the wall between the kitchen/family room and the living/dining room to turn the non-bedroom half of the house into one big space.*
So now I've got this 40x13 room, with a gas stove (30", 4-burner, utterly unremarkable) right smack in the center. I was hoping to get a ceiling-mounted exhaust fan to keep the room as open as possible. I really don't want a hood.
The contractor who is going to be installing the fan said I should look for something that does 900cfm, because nothing else is going to be strong enough for such a big room. I can't find any 900cfm kitchen fans, but Googling has turned up a few fans made for hydroponics. Are hydroponics fans OK for kitchens? Alternatively, can I install 2 450cfm kitchen fans for the same effect? (This would be preferable because of the way they look.)
Or is 900cfm overkill in general? Each of the parlors on either side of the kitchen has a ceiling fan, and the climate is so nice that the windows will be open all the time. The ceilings are standard height.
*Imagine the house as a hot dog bun, opened flat. One side of the bun is bedrooms & bathroom, the other is the big open living area.