How to Choose The Right BlueStar Vent Hood For Your Kitchen

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Adding a new gas range or rangetop to a kitchen is a big decision that many consumers spend countless hours researching online and in appliance stores, but many times they fail to consider the ventilation system and everything that goes along with it.  To have a pro-style ventilation system that is able to keep up with the power of the appliance under it, there are a few things that need to be considered early in the shopping process.  Let’s look at the Top 8 Factors to Consider When Adding Pro-Style Ventilation to a Kitchen.

Consider Your Budget

Although you can find ventilation hoods that cost only a few hundred dollars, they most likely won’t give you the performance you need with today’s powerful pro-style ranges.  Planning early for the ventilation system you need will avoid unexpected expenses in your remodel.

 

 

Hood Size and Capture Area

It’s not just the total CFM’s, which we’ll cover later, that are important it’s the size of the hood itself.  Brands like BlueStar recommend a hood be 6” larger than the cooking appliance to maximize the hood’s capture area.  This area should cover most of the cooking surface of the appliance and is extremely important in funneling the heat, smoke and grease towards the blower for removal from the kitchen.

Installation Height of the Hood

How high the hood is off of the cooking surface just might be as important as the capture you just read about.  If the hood is too high, any smoke or heat could just go out around the edges into the room.  This is why BlueStar recommends installing the hood 30” – 36” above the cooking surface.  This height range will allow your hood to work efficiently and still be at a comfortable height for you to cook below it.

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What’s a CFM?

CFM’s are the measurement of how many cubic feet of air a hood’s blower can remove from the kitchen in minute.  Determining how many CFM’s you’ll need is directly related to the total number of BTUs that your cooking appliance can produce.  A recommendation from the Home Ventilating Institute is to divide the total BTUs of the stove by 100.  Using this formula, a gas range that can produce 100,000 BTUs would need a hood with at least 1,000 CFMs of power.  Factors such as altitude, length of the duct run and duct width may require the need for more CFM power.

Choosing an Externally Venting Hood or Recirculating Hood

You have two choices when it comes to venting your pro-style appliance.  First you can choose to vent externally which is when the dirty air is removed from the home through ducting that runs outside.  This is the most efficient venting system and will remove all of the heat, smoke and grease from the kitchen.  Unfortunately this isn’t always an option which is why BlueStar and other manufacturers offer recirculating systems.  In these systems the air will pass through the filter system and then be recirculating back into the kitchen.  The grease will be removed from the air but the heat and any smoke will get pushed back into the room.

Size of Your Ducting

You’ve installed a pro-style ventilation system with all of the power you need, but now it needs somewhere to go.  If you’ve chosen to vent externally than this is where the size of your duct work comes into play.  Even though an 8” duct will work, we do recommend at least a 10” round duct be incorporated into your ventilation system.  This will provide more than enough space to effectively and efficiently remove the “dirty” air from your kitchen.

Do you Need a Make-up Air System?

The entire subject of make-up air can seem intimidating but it really isn’t.  Essentially for any air that is removed from the kitchen you need a way to replace it which is where the make-up air system comes into play.  Your local building inspector and appliance dealer will be able to let you know if you’ll need to add one of these systems your kitchen.

Customization Options

There are almost endless styles and options to choose from when selecting a ventilation system for your home.  BlueStar offers dozens of styles along with over 750+ colors to choose from.

Introducing the new Danby® Fresh herb grower

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Have you ever purchased fresh herbs from your local grocery store only to use a portion of it and then days later it has gone bad?

Do you and your family appreciate the fresh and scrumptious taste of fresh herbs and vegetables picked the same day you prepare them?

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Introducing the new Danby® Fresh herb grower. This garden cultivator can provide anyone the opportunity to create a sustainable source of their favourite herbs and vegetables all year around. The Fan-assisted air circulation system and ultra-efficient LED lighting which radiates the full colour spectrum of the sun, allows the plants to grow fuller, heartier, and healthier as if they were in their natural environment.  Plants need a full spectrum of light in the same way humans need a variety of vitamins. The best part is that you can grow these hearty hedges in the comfort of your own home on your terms. Available in 19″ inch wide and 24″ inch width

FEATURES

  • The most advanced and energy efficient full spectrum LED grow light
  • Ultra efficient 100 watt LED light
  • Fan-assisted air circulation system
  • Adjustable and removable shelves
  • Set it and forget it timer for light cycles
  • Overflow trays for water reservoir
  • Stainless steel door and kick plate
  • Vertical towel bar handle
  • Offered in 24” and 19” width to fit in more locations
  • 18 month warranty

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FRIGIDAIRE: KITCHEN RENOVATION SAVES & SPLURGES WITH SCOTT MCGILLIVRAY

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Making generalizations when it comes to where to spend money on a kitchen renovation can be tricky. What’s important to one person may not be important to another – particularly when it comes to those who love to cook and those who don’t. But when it comes to ROI there are certain elements that are more important than others. Here are my recommendations on where you can save money, and where you should splurge.

Save – Tile
Some people disagree with this because they want the tile to be a feature, but good-looking, good-quality tile can be found for cheap so I say save on the tile and use the savings to invest in the counter. That said, if you’ve fallen in love with a really expensive tile use it as a feature in a small area and surround it with a less expensive tile. If you try to use an expensive tile all over you’ll see how quickly the cost of your kitchen renovation goes up.

Splurge – Countertops
If you have the budget nothing beats a quality stone countertop. They’re durable, they offer a great ROI, and they look great. Since countertops take a lot of beatings (dishes clanging, spills, knives scraping, etc.) making the investment in something that won’t get damaged is well worth the price. If you’re unsure of which is the best for you check out my countertop pros and cons.

Save – Cabinets
Custom cabinets are great if you have the budget, but if you’re looking for a place to save money there’s no reason not to go with flat-pack cabinetry. These standard-size cabinets (available at many big box stores) have come a long way and now you can get great-looking, well-made cabinets for a fraction of the cost of custom. You can even give them a custom look by trimming them out and adding high-end hardware. Or consider open shelving instead of upper cabinets. If you’re comfortable with having your dishes exposed it’s a great money-saving option.

Splurge – Hardware
Since cabinet knobs, pulls and handles are used all the time it’s worth it to invest in ones that feel good and are top quality. I always say that whatever you touch regularly in a house should feel good. Also, when your hardware looks dated and damaged it can make your whole kitchen feel that way. Given that the investment is relatively small, splurge on the best looking and best quality hardware you can find.

Save – Sink
Sure, sinks see a lot of action, but it’s not necessary to spend a big chunk of change, especially if it’s an undermount. There are plenty of perfectly good stainless steel options that are durable and look just fine that can be purchased for a few hundred dollars. No need to spend a fortune on something you can’t afford.

Splurge – Faucet
Just like with cabinet hardware, you can literally feel the difference between good quality faucets and bad. Something sturdy that works well is a must. I also highly recommend a pull-down model because it will make washing dishes much easier.

Save – Lighting
Kitchen lighting is very important for safety, functionality and decorative purposes, but the good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot to achieve any of these things. As long as you have the appropriate ambient and task lighting focused in the right places you can increase your ROI. Check out my kitchen lighting tips for more info.

Splurge – Appliances
Since appliances are something you use every day you want something you can count on. This doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy top-of-the-line models full of features you’ll never use, but it does mean it’s worth it to buy quality appliances with good warranties. And yes, I recommend splurging on stainless steel. It’s versatile enough to fit in with different styles of kitchens and it’s unlikely it will go out of style any time soon.

Save – Flooring
The great thing about kitchen flooring is that you don’t have to go high end in order to get a decent return. Tile and hardwood floors are considered the most desirable, but vinyl, linoleum, cork and laminate are all fine choices that won’t compromise your ROI. No matter what you choose they key is to make sure it ties in with everything else in the room (cabinets, countertops, tile, etc) and if your floor plan is open concept make sure it flows with the rest of the space.

Kitchen renovations can be very expensive and it doesn’t take much to go over-budget. But if you know where it’s safe to save and where it’s a good idea to splurge you can still create a stylish and efficient kitchen without compromising your ROI.

Cook Like a Pro with the Panasonic Countertop Induction Oven

Quality Cooking Made Simple.

The revolutionary Countertop Induction Oven from Panasonic combines induction and double-infrared heating technologies for delicious food in minutes. Cook one-pan meals, grill, bake, reheat and more!

Features

  • Precision, easy-to-use countertop oven combines direct induction and instant double-infrared heating for fast, fresh and flavorful one-pan meals — cook a chicken and vegetable dinner in under 30 minutes!
  • Convenient cooking modes and pre-set menus take the guesswork out of chef-quality cooking, grilling, broiling and baking.
  • Unique, heavy-duty dishwasher-safe grill pan radiates conducted heat from center to edges to simultaneously cook foods requiring different heating times.
  • While cooking, the oven’s interior circulates the natural flavors released by foods to heighten the savory taste of umami—the Japanese word for deliciousness.
  • Includes step-by-step induction cookbook with 26 CIO recipes created by Certified Master Chefs at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) for Panasonic.

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