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Attractive Make-Up Air Hoods with ACT Technology (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

The average kitchen accumulates four gallons of grease per year. To protect your kitchen cabinetry, walls, and ceiling, proper ventilation is an essential part of any kitchen. Ventilation is one of the trickiest parts of kitchen design to understand because it is conceptually abstract.

If you want to pass inspection on any permitted job, you need to pay very close attention to local codes. With a new hood, range, or cooktop purchase in Massachusetts you need to know about make-up air.

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We will look at Make-Up Air and some new vent technology to accommodate this new code.

What is Make-Up Air?

In 2009, Massachusetts adopted a stretch code for any range hood capable of extracting over 400 cubic feet per minute. You must also install a make-up air system to replace the air drawn outside.

Below is the code:

Code 1503.4: "Exhaust hood systems capable of exhausting in excess of 400 cubic feet per minute (0.19 m3/s) shall be provided with make-up air at a rate approximately equal to the exhaust air rate. Such make-up air systems shall be equipped with a means of closure and shall be automatically controlled to start and operate simultaneously with the exhaust system."

Today, this code is enforced for the majority of new construction and renovation projects in Massachusetts.

If you are not going to install a make-up air system, your selection of cooking products should be limited to electric, induction, or non-professional gas appliances.

The Problem

In the past if you were planning to avoid installing make-up air you were limited to low CFM, low design type of hoods. There is a very limited selection and the options out there were generally lower quality models.

Fortunately, with the addition of Active Airflow Technology or (ACT technology) expanded the selection of make-up air convertible attractive hoods.

What is ACT Technology?

Certain hoods have ACT Technology which allows you to limit the airflow of the hood to meet local code requirements. Hoods with ACT can have their power reduced to 590, 390, or 290 CFM to meet make-up air standards.

Best Make-Up Air Hoods 

At Yale we have our own line of private label hoods. This collection of hoods are attractive and are make up air compatible with the ACT technology.

Yale Stainless Steel Chimney Hood - $899 for 30’’ / $949 for 36’’

Yale Stainless Steel Chimney Hood RH00636S

Features:

  • ACT Technology
  • 600 CFM Internal Blower
  • 3-Speed, Electronic LED Controls
  • 3 Speed Levels
  • Stainless Steel
  • 2-50W Dual-Level Halogen Lights – can accept LED bulbs
  • Recirculating optional with accessories
  • 2 Aluminum Mesh Filters
  • 6" Round Duct

Yale Glass Chimney Hood - $849 for 30’’ / $849 for 36’’

RH007 Yale Glass Chimney Hood

Features:

  • ACT Technology
  • 600 CFM Internal Blower
  • 3-Speed, Electronic LED Controls
  • 3 Speed Levels
  • Stainless Steel
  • 2-50W Dual-Level Halogen Lights – can accept LED bulbs
  • Recirculating optional with accessories
  • 2 Aluminum Mesh Filters
  • 6" Round Duct

Yale T-Box Chimney Style Hood - $699 for 30’’/ $799 for 36’’

yale brand T Box Chimney Style Hood RH00830AS

Features:

  • ACT Technology
  • 600 CFM Internal Blower
  • 3-speed, electronic LED controls
  • Sturdy stainless steel construction
  • 2 aluminum mesh filters
  • Optional re-circulation kit
  • Standard telescopic duct covers up to 9’ ceilings
  • Optional duct cover extensions for up to 12’ ceilings
  • Designed for 6-inch vertical ducted installations

There are also many different hoods that offer this technology in the Zephyr line as well if you are looking for a hood that is not in the decorative chimney-style.

Final Thoughts

I want to reiterate, if you are not going to install a make-up air system, your selection of cooking products could be limited to electric, induction, or non-professional gas appliances.

If you want to avoid make-up air, I would suggest looking into hoods with ACT technology. Our custom chimney-style hoods are a great place to start.


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Topics: Ventilation, Range Hoods, Make Up Air, Yale Hoods

About The Author

Jessica Petrino

Jessica Petrino is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Jessica is a graduate of Brandeis University where she studied Economics and Philosophy. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, golfing, and traveling.

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