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RE: Quiet range hoods (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: akchicago on 11.29.2009 at 01:06 pm in Appliances Forum

I don't have a specific recommendation for you, but I do suggest you read through this forum, or do a search in the search box at the bottom of the Appliances page (search "quiet hood" or something like that), there are a lot of threads on this topic, and the hood selection is vast.

I just wanted to say that a great deal of noise in a hood arises from the ductwork. If the duct diameter is too narrow, typically less than 8", then the exhaust will be noisier. Also, if there are a lot of bends in the exhaust ductwork out of the house, there is a lot of noise. And if the duct run is very long, that creates a lot of noise. That is why you can have two identical hoods in two different homes sound very different, due to different ductwork. Many times people blame the hood for noise, when the duct is to blame. Also, know that ANY motor, at head height the way a hood is, will be noisy. People get around that by having inline blowers or external blowers, but they are more expensive.

You should try to get a hood with baffle filters, rather than mesh filters. Baffle filters are quieter, more efficient, last longer, and need cleaning less frequently. E.g. you would never find mesh filters in a hood in a restaurant, only baffle filters.

As to CFMs, the rough rule of thumb is that for every 100 btu's in your burners, you need 10 cfms. So if you have 4 burners with each one 15,000 btu's (total of 60,000 btu's), you should have a 600 cfm hood. Do not shortchange on the cfms. There is no point is spending money on a hood if it is inadequate; you would then be throwing your money away. In your OP, you said you "don't need a lot of cfm's". Some people feel 600 cfms is really low, others feel 1000 cfms is really low. So, can you be more specific about how many btu's your burners have?


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RE: All-Refrigerator/ All-Freezer: Frigidaire, Electrolux, Icon (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: rhome410 on 02.08.2012 at 02:33 pm in Appliances Forum

MichelleDT is right that we have 2 Icon fridges and 1 Icon freezer, still doing well 4 yrs in. When we bought ours, I think the Frigidaire units were not energy star rated, but the Icon were, and I think they both are now. I also think the Frig had wire shelves while the Icon had glass, and as JScout said, less in organizational features and lighting.


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