hvac guy suggested 300 cfm vent a hood to avoid mua--thoughts?
We are struggling with what to do and have probably looked at every hood on the market. We think VAH is overpriced (come on around $600 for just a stainless steel chimney to fit on the already pricy unit). I've read complaints about them being noisy. I believe they used to be considered hard to clean, but that has been upgraded in newer models.
We live in an area with strict guidelines for MUA. When he was out today, here are the choices the HVAC guy said we would have.
1. We could buy a 300 cfm VAH because it is really more effective than the rated 300cfm. He and all of the guys who work for his company have them and like them. If we do this we'd be in compliance and have a pretty effective hood.
2. We could install heated MUA, something he said we really don't want to do because of the cost. He is coming back with the estimate for this. We know we don't want to spend the money on this, and now that the person who installs this for a living is recommending against us doing this, we are doubly sure.
3.We could put a gas insert in our wood-burning fireplace (something we have been talking about doing for years anyway). If we do this, we could go up to 600 cfm without any MUA.
We have a 30" AG Wolf with the 4 16K burners, but we aren't people who cook with a wok or do any real frying. We also can't go any wider than 30" for a hood. And, we've had the Wolf in for 2 months now with no venting other than the window and for the most part haven't missed having venting.
What are our choices if we decide not to go with the VAH? Are there any effective brands where we'd be able to stay under either the 300 cfm (option 1) or the 600 cfm (option 3) limits? We've decided that option 2 is completely out.
Or, should we just bite the bullet and go with the VAH? The appliance salesman (who also sells other brands and gave us a variety of options to choose from) also told us VAH.