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Checking under the Zephyr hood (fan)

Back last November, I attended a blog retreat with Zephyr hoods in San Francisco, where I was invited to see the latest in hood ventilation design, California design, and, course, Napa Valley and wine country. Since then, I haven’t had the opportunity to spec the very striking Lucé Wall and Island hoods with ICON Touch Controls that debuted during our #ZephyrBloggerRetreat2015, but it’s coming, I can feel it. *rubs hands together*  Lucé is Italian for “light” and if you haven’t seen these yet, have a peek:

Luce_wall hood

The Lucé Wall Hood – the ambient LED lighting can change from white to blue to amber. CFM extraction speeds at 290, 390, and 600.


The Lucé Island Hood – even on its highest speed will not going to overpower kitchen conversation. Also available with make-up air damper for sealed homes.

Last time, I promised you some tips about Zephyr hoods and why they’re on my specification lists. I’ll try to keep it short. Here’s three:

TIP #1 – The hood doesn’t need to be on all the time.

If you’re scoffing, you’re clearly of the age to remember the noisy lights we used to have above our ranges. Many had charcoal filters that didn’t vent, but promised us that the fish we cooked would be slightly less fishy. (By less fishy, I think they meant our noses gave up.)

Even the ones that did vent to the exterior still took half my teenage years  a couple of weeks  several hours before they would extract any smoke or steam from the kitchen at all.

Take a look at this short video of the Zephyr Anzio hood. I believe the smoke demonstration starts at 0:42 seconds in, but this is really short, less than a minute long:

A short burst of the fan on high is all that’s needed to clear the air. They’re already quieter and there’s no longer any need to waste a lot of energy right?

TIP #2 – They’re easy to clean

Ventilation companies like Zephyr have really paid attention over the years to how much we hate to clean, especially grease. I could explain in detail, but videos really are as good as pictures for word-saving worth. Here’s another short 1-minute video showing the clean-up:

TIP #3 – There are options for sealed homes

Zephyr has a ventilation system that is not only very quiet, it also has the option of air control in their ACT or Airflow Control Techology:

ACT Is available and pre-installed into all Zephyr products with DCBL Suppression System technology. DCBL Suppression System technology features an on-board computer and Direct Current (DC) motor that increases overall torque at lower speeds and provides increased CFM levels and lowers noise simultaneously. Using a DC motor also allows Zephyr to reduce energy consumption by 80 percent, which is unheard of in the ventilation hood industry. – Zephyr

Here’s the basic premise: every time an exhaust fan removes air from a sealed home, an equal amount of air must be replaced or restored to avoid the potential of back drafts from any gas fireplaces and other gas units. Some new homes come with HVAC (heat, ventilation, and air conditioning) calculations with how much CFM or cubic feet per minute of air that the hood fan can remove from the home. With this technology, Zephyr can limit the maximum blower CFM to 590, 390 or 290 to meet local code requirements.

Zephyr also offers a Make-up Air (MUA) damper kit (as mentioned on the Lucé hoods) , which works via a pressure switch to trigger your HVAC system to allow fresh air into the home while the hood is in operation.

I haven’t designed within a sealed home for years, but it’s nice to know the options are there. I recommend checking with your local and building codes, as well as your HVAC specialist for details of the max. CFM requirements.

Until next time,





Disclaimer: My trip last November was sponsored by Zephyr.

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