best way to vent

buzzzApril 11, 2007

We will be installing a microwave range hood in our kitchen. I want to vent it outside. It comes with two options. I can punch a hole on the top or on the back of the mwrange hood and duct it out of the house. It is up against an exterior wall so that makes it a lot easier. If I go straight out the back of the microwave range hood I will just have a 12 inch duct and that is it.

I have been told by an older and maybe wiser family member that if I go straight out the back I will have problems in winter with the cold air coming into the kitchen and making it cold. He is saying that the flaps on the vent covers and in the microwave range hood do not seal perfetly and then cause the cold to come back in. So what is the best way to deal with these issues.

We live in souther Ontario, Canada.

buzz

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HandyMac

The vent is connected to the interior of the microwave---yes?

If so, that cold air will only intrude to the inside of the microwave---not a problem unless you leave the door open.

If the vent connect to the shell of the microwave, see if there is a way to seal the shell(case) exterior---contact the manufacturer of the microwave.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2007 at 10:40AM
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normel

You're going to get cold air coming through the vent regardless of how you vent it, but if you use a quality exterior vent, it will be minimal. IMHO, it is always better to vent directly out the side exterior wall than to penetrate the roof.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2007 at 10:51AM
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Jon1270

"You're going to get cold air coming through the vent regardless of how you vent it"

I disagree with this statement. I used a spring-loaded backdraft damper in my duct, and have no such problem. Going straight through the wall, however, may make the duct run so short that there's no room for this extra piece of hardware.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2007 at 10:55AM
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buzzz

What if I run the duct through the top of the mwrange hood and go 2 feet up and then out through the wall. This will put an elbow in the duct and may stop the cold from coming in. What do you think?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2007 at 12:05PM
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Jon1270

I'm not sure what you're imagining, but air can go around corners. The elbow won't do a thing except reduce the performance of your hood. You need to make it difficult for air to enter and continue through the pipe. The MW hood may have a built-in backdraft damper, which would be a good start. Look it over and see - is there a gasketed, spring-loaded flap on the back that is normally closed but that can be pushed open by the fan-driven air? Even if there is one, it would be good to supplement it with either an inline damper (Google "Fantech RSK6" to see what I mean) or an exterior hood with a gasketed, spring-loaded flap.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2007 at 2:04PM
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sierraeast

Here's a link-click on products,then household. It's a dryer vent that converts by use of a spring kit.

Here is a link that might be useful: energy saving vent

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 11:15AM
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sierraeast

sorry,i gave you the wrong website.

Here is a link that might be useful: vent

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 11:17AM
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