Routine maintenance for your ventilation.
Wipe away grease stains, change carbon filters (for recirculating units only), and wash grease filters on a timely basis.
View our How-to-Videos to learn how to clean stainless steel.
Please also refer to the VENTILATION – CLEANING & CARE SECTION for additional information.
Information on ventilation operation modes.
Exhaust-Air Mode: The ventilator fan draws the vapors produced during cooking into the extractor hood, where they pass through the grease filter and out into the open air. The grease filter absorbs the grease contained in the vapors produced during cooking. The kitchen is kept virtually free from grease and odors.
Recirculating-Air Mode: To operate in this mode, it is necessary to install an Activated Carbon Filter. The ventilator fan draws the vapors produced during cooking into the extractor hood, where they pass through the grease filter before the clean air is discharged back into the kitchen. The grease filter absorbs the grease while the activated carbon filter absorbs any odorous substances.
Information on filters.
Activated Carbon Filter: Carbon filters are used to neutralize odors when your hood is recirculating air around the kitchen. Carbon filters should be replaced when they are noticeably dirty or discolored (usually every 6 to 12 months, depending on ventilator usage). You cannot clean the non-ducted carbon filters; they must be replaced. They may be purchased from your dealer.
Metal Grease Filter: The grease filter should be cleaned every 1-3 months depending on usage. When you remove your filter you may notice it is discolored, this is normal and nothing to worry about. Directions for cleaning the grease filter are listed below:
- Remove the filters according to the instructions in the Use & Care Guide.
- Drain and wipe all excess grease with a dry paper towel.
- Soak the filters in hot water and detergent and gently agitate in the water to loosen food particles. Do not use products containing ammonia, abrasives or oven cleaners. Rinse the filters and let them dry before placing in the ventilator.
- Filters may also be cleaned in a dishwasher (please do not include any other items or cutlery in the wash).
- Some formulations of dishwasher detergent can discolor the metal that is used in the filters. This does not affect the performance of the filters.
What ventilation size is ideal?
The hood width should be no less than the width of the cooking surface.
Island Hoods should overlap the cooking surface by 3” on each side.
How high should the ventilation hood be placed?
In general, it should be placed 30” above the cooking area. Contact a professional installer for additional information related to your specific situation.
What do CFM, sones and static pressure mean in relation to ventilation?
CFM: The amount of air flow moved by the ventilator is measured by CFM. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. The higher the CFM, the higher the air flow.
Sones: A sone measures the amount of sound that is perceived by a person. It is not the same thing as a decibel, which measures the intensity of sound. One sone is equivalent to the sound of a quiet refrigerator. The lower the sone, the lower the sound perceived.
Static pressure measures the air flow resistance as air is moved through ductwork. This air flow resistance reduces the effectiveness of the ventilator fan. A fan must have the ability to overcome the static pressure to effectively move air through the duct.