I bought what I thought was a more powerful range hood but it moves very little air at all.
After having one of those low power range hoods that can either vent back into the kitchen, or up into duct work I purchased what I thought was a much more powerful range hood (fan).
Specifically, it is this model from NuTone
. I don't know who writes the reviews for products on websites but if you go by what is on their site and the HomeDepot site
for the range hood I feel like I have a different fan entirely.
The fan moves so little air that condensation from steam (say when boiling water for pasta or canning) forms on the underside of the unit that drips back down onto the range. It's nasty and I have to wipe it down before it gets into the food.
Before you ask, I have tried this thing in every conceivable configuration: I had it ducted directly outside, then after putting a metal roof on our house I vented it outside under an eave, as a last resort just to see if ANY air was coming out of it, I vented it into my attic directly with the shortest possible run of duct (about 4'). (No, it's not like this now, I know not to do this.) None of these configurations made any difference.
How weak is it? When steam rises from a pot of boiling water, it actually goes around or in front of
the fan part of the range hood! It's like the fan is making fun of me.."haha..you think we're removing that air?..sucker."...
Also, I do what I call the "Tissue test". Take the lightest piece of tissue paper or kleenex you can find and hold it near the back of any fan (box fan, desk fan etc). The airflow should pull the tissue toward the fan right? Well on this range hood you can put the tissue right on the intake
where the grills are, and it does not get pulled towards it or stick to it like you think it should! (Yes, the grilles are clean, btw). I think the old cheapee unit I had worked better!
What is going on? It certainly is loud enough and and the blower (squirrel cage type thing) spins fast enough, but it does not move air. I hate it hate it hate it hate it. I paid $400 or so for this fan and thought it was expensive...I don't have the funds for a $1,000+ commercial unit...but is that what I need?