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grommey

Why are so many kitchen renovations done with downdraft ventilation? Can anyone out there speak to the efficiency of this? I always thought venting to the outside was the only truly efficient way to go.

   
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Angie Lemaire

Downdraft DOES vent to the outside. It generally will be run through a crawl space. However, you have to turn it on BEFORE you need it. In my experience it does not work as well as a traditional exhaust. Downdrafts are visually better for some people as you don't have it blocking your field of vision. Or taking up wall space. IN my remodel case, it had to be done because of the construction of my home. Houses in 1976 normally just had circulation fans, no actual exhaust fans. My home is two story. It was just wasn't possible to add in the traditional exhaust without a HUGE price tag.

   
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