Searching for Your Dream Home? Consider Indoor Air Quality
By: Danny Lipford
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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