Range Hood Vents: Wall, Soffit or Roof Vent

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Range hood vents are a necessity in modern homes. These helpful kitchen aids are accompaniments to range hoods to make cooking a more pleasurable experience by eliminating cooking vapors, odors, smoke, and grease from the kitchen through a ventilation system. Which type of vent to install in the kitchen will depend largely on where a homeowner would want it installed.

Wall Vents

A wall vent is the most common type of range hood vents and is ideal for most house-based kitchen situations. It is installed much like an exhaust fan and works by expelling the heat directly from the kitchen in a straight passageway. This type is most effective in eliminating damp and stale air that accumulates in the kitchen. It comes in a variety of sleek designs, making it an attractive attachment in a kitchen setting. It also has ventilators in both the exterior and the interior areas of the unit, which may be controlled according to cooking temperatures. A wall vent comes with efficient filters and exhausts and is built to fit in kitchen walls with the exhaust installed on the external wall of the house. This is the most budget-friendly type and among the simplest to install.

Roof Vent

For homeowners who prefer an inconspicuous vent, a roof vent is a better choice. A roof vent is a type of ventilation system wherein intake vents are placed under the eaves, while the exhaust vents (or the outtake vent) are placed on the top ridge.

One of the most used or popular roof vents is a turbine vent that has spinning tops. Turbine, or rotary vents, are often seen in industrial buildings, commercial spots or restaurants. For most homes, the most popular and a better-looking roof vent option is a Soffit vent.

Soffit Vent

A soffit vent is a type of roof vent. It is typically located on the eaves of a house, and is used mainly for drawing fresh air into the attic of a house as stale or hot air is exhausted. A soffit vent is usually built-in during house construction.

A range hood vent could be modified to filter into a soffit as another means of cooling the air in the kitchen. This type of ventilation can be ideal for homeowners who want a concealed exhaust. Since a soffit vent is located on the eaves or atop a house or building, it does its job of expelling heat without affecting the building's design or aesthetics.

Soffit or roof vents, because they are inconspicuous, are the most design-conscious of all the range hood vent options. They might be the more expensive option in the long run since they are more complicated to install and require extra interior work. Look for a roofing contractor who knows the ins and outs of roofing and the latest in ventilation technology. Also, before any considerations are to be made as to what kind of exhaust is suited to a building, there should always be a thorough feasibility plan.