We use our smoke detctor to tell us when dinner is cooked. When the alarm goes off the steaks are done. The only problem is the neighbors hear the alarm and start arriving with knife and fork in hand. Providing steaks for all the neighbors is expensive.
Using a good vent fan that moves the smoke from the kitchen to the outdoors stops the smoke detector from going off. Now the only hungry visitors we get are the down wind neighbors that smell the steaks cooking.
In the heat of summer the kitchen vent fan helps remove the excess heat from all that cooking. It is also very helpful to get the excess moisture out of the house. The air conditioner works hard enough to move the heat out and reduce the humidity in the house without the added kitchen heat and steam.
The problem with the kitchen vent fan is that every lung full of air that is pushed out of the house has to be replaced. When you push indoor air out of the house an equal amount of outdoor air sneaks in to replace it. You can not stop it. You can not have a vacuum inside your house.
When it is bitter cold outdoors in the winter you might not want to invite any of that cold air in. Avoid using the kitchen fan when it is either very cold or very hot and humid outdoors. Running the kitchen vent fan in extreme weather will add to your heating or air conditioning bills.
The kitchen vent fan is great to clear the air but avoid wasting energy by over using it. Shut it off as soon as it has done its’ job.
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