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Searching for Your Dream Home? Consider Indoor Air Quality

By: Danny Lipford

Installing a range hood over the stove or cooktop, such as this one from Broan NuTone, is a great way to remove smoke, heat and cooking odors.

People searching for their dream home may have many items on their checklist.

Those usually have to do with curb appeal, a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms and spacious backyards for recreation and relaxation.

But indoor air quality should be included in that list, and the kitchen is one central location to consider — particularly over the range.

Over-the-range mounted microwave ovens can save space in a kitchen, and that’s part of their appeal, but a space-saving option could mean sacrificing something much more important: indoor air quality.

The exhaust fan in a microwave often just recirculates the air, rather than venting it to the outside.

Even if they do vent outside, over-the-range microwaves just don’t cover enough space to adequately capture all the smoke and stream generated in most kitchens.

There’s another concern for households with children: kids could reach over the stove to access the over-the-range microwave and inadvertently burn their hands on a hot stove.

Since a range hood protrudes farther, it does a better job of capturing smoke, steam and cooking odors and venting them outdoors.

In this video, we removed an over-the-range microwave in a home and replaced it with a NuTone range hood.

And we recommend homebuyers to do the same if their dream home happens to include an over-the-range microwave.


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Danny Lipford is among the country’s most sought-after home improvement experts.
The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 180 national television appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” Fox Business Channel, Rachael Ray and more.
He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and each year contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets.

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Searching for Your Dream Home? Consider Indoor Air Quality