Types of Hood Fans

What Are The Differences Between The Different Types Of Hood Fans?

When most people think of air conditioning and ventilation, they think of keeping entire rooms cool. They may not consider individual appliances. However, certain appliances need cool air too. Your kitchen range is one of these. Grease, offensive odors, and heat can make cooking highly unpleasant. The right range hood fan will eliminate these issues.

Replacing Your Range Hood

How do you know if you need a new range hood and fan? Excessive heat is often the first sign. The top range shouldn’t be extremely hot when the oven is on. If the heat feels excessive compared to what you’re cooking, it probably is. Basic maintenance issues are another clue. If your range hood wobbles or you notice cracks or breaks, it’s time to buy a replacement. Finally, be particularly cognizant if you have a gas stove. If your eyes burn or water while you cook, replace your range and fan immediately to avoid permanent vision damage.

Crunch The Numbers

Before replacing a range hood, make sure it’s the right size. Hoods should be at least as wide as your cooktop; to be safe, they should be three inches longer per side. Read specified requirements for mounting height. If you still aren’t sure about size and width, ask for professional assistance.

Choosing The Right Hood

The type of hood you need depends on your kitchen style, what you cook on your stove, and many other factors. Each type has positive and negative components, so consider your choice carefully. Here are some things to consider when choosing a new hood:

  • Under-cabinet hoods. As the name implies, these hoods mount to the undersides of kitchen cabinets above your range or cooktop. One specific type is a chimney hood, which uses a flue to move hot air from the kitchen. You’ll need to remove all cabinets above the range to install a chimney hood.
  • Island hoods. These hoods are ideal if you have an island cooktop. They come in many materials and styles such as curved metal or glass canopies. They provide excellent ventilation.
  • Insert hoods and power packs. Many homeowners find these attractive because they’re built directly into the cabinet or cooktop. This way, the range hood doesn’t take away from your kitchen’s décor. With a power pack, you can ventilate the kitchen as much as you want, which may diversify the type of cooking you can easily do. Speak with an Advent Air professional to learn about your many power pack options.
  • Downdraft hoods. This is another type of hidden hood. They pull steam and smoke horizontally across your cooktop, preventing odors, eye irritation, and other annoyances. They also don’t require traditional installation, so the focus remains on kitchen décor. Finally, downdraft hoods may make it easier to see while cooking.
  • Wall mount hoods. These mount to walls instead of kitchen cabinets, making it easier to access the ingredients and tools you need while cooking. They’re often easier to install because you don’t have to remove cabinets.
  • Pro hoods. If you’re a professional or paraprofessional chef, you might want one of these. They have more power than a typical under-cabinet or other hood and support a variety of exhaust choices.

Need help choosing the right range hood? For assistance choosing the best range hood for you, contact Advent Air Conditioning Inc. or come in for a consultation.

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Ways To Increase Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

The Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling bills are take a large percentage of the utility expenses of most households and commercial buildings. According to the Department, the central air conditioning system is the major source of expenditure in the average US home.

You can take proactive steps to reduce the energy consumed at home. As the weather gets warmer, the following tips can help to improve the air conditioning in your home without increasing your bills.

1. Clean the Outdoor Condenser Unit
To improve the air conditioning efficiency, have the debris thoroughly cleaned from your unit. Debris in the system can make heat to be expended without being used. Contact an HVAC systems professional for in-depth and thorough cleaning.

2. Keep the vacuum indoor vents unblocked
Maintain steady airflow in your conditioning system for optimum energy emission. To achieve this, vacuum any debris or dirt from the indoor supply vents. Also, keep things like toys, furniture and blinds from blocking the vents.

3. Regulate the thermostat
Adjusting the temperature to 5-8 degrees (up in summer and down during winter) can help save energy and money. A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust temperatures to a suitable level at different times of the day or when you are away from home.

4. Keep the blinds and curtains closed
You can easily store some heat inside the house by keeping the blinds and curtains closed when the sun is directly hitting the windows. This will help you cut costs of your air conditioning system.

5. Keep heat appliances away from the thermostat
When heating appliances are placed near the thermostat, the temperature can be automatically adjusted based on the the appliances. Keep the appliances away from the thermostat or else the system will work harder, use more energy and run longer than needed.

6. Ensure your drain line is clear
Most drain lines are built next to the indoor cooling coils mounted directly above the basement furnace. Flushing a cup of chlorine bleach down the air conditioning drain and then rinsing it with a gallon of water will keep the drain clear during summer.

Do you want to improve your air conditioning efficiency? Contact us today.

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How Educators Keep Up With The Latest Trends In The HVACR Industry

In just about any industry, the best and most effective way to stay on top of things is to have constant training and continuous education. Whether you are in the medical field, in beauty and fashion, or in the industrial field, you need to constantly learn the latest trends in order to have your edge. The same goes for the HVACR industry.

Changes and technology and HVAC education

There is no doubt that technology changes almost every minute. Technology does make lives a lot easier and more convenient but keeping up with the changes can sometimes take a toll on you. Take for example the many HVAC instructors nowadays who are scrambling to change their curriculum and their mode of instruction to accommodate all the changes in technology. Students attend training and education year in and year out to become HVAC technicians but after graduating they are left on their own to study the latest developments in the industry. How do teachers makes sure that that trained technicians are able to keep up with changes in technology?

Keeping it simple and sticking to the basics

Many HVAC instructors stress the fact that as long as students have a strong and solid foundation on the fundamentals and the basics of HVAC systems, then they will always be effective and reliable technicians. It does not matter if technology changes or advances. The fundamentals of electronics, basic applied thermodynamics and basic math are set in stone. Once a technician has learned this by heart and has mastered his skills, he will always know how to solve any problem no matter how complex or how new the system he is working on. It is the ability and the skill to be able to apply one’s knowledge on the fundamentals of heating and cooling systems that will help him stay on top. In fact, it is ultimately the key to attaining success in the industry.

Reliable and Efficient HVAC technicians

While it is true that one should stick to the fundamentals of HVAC systems, it is also important that technicians attend workshops and seminars on any of the latest products in the market. If you are a homeowner, take the time to ask your HVAC system supplier if they send their technicians to seminars and industry conferences every now and then. The best companies are the ones who make sure that their technicians are kept up to date with the latest trends in the industry. Having a technician who is knowledgeable and who is skilled enough to tackle just about any new products gives you the peace of mind that your HVAC system at home is in good hands.