Channeling excess heat from kitchen into adjacent rooms
Is there any easy, i.e., nonstructural, way to channel heat from kitchen activities into adjoining rooms? Something like a deflector shield (no I haven't been watching too many Star Trek reruns) that could direct the warm air out of the kitchen?
The oven generates enough heat to make the kitchen comfortably warm, but I'd like to blow it into the dining room which isn't quite so warm.
I thought of a fan, but I think that would probably just blow the hot air around the kitchen. I'm trying to move it from where it's not needed to where it is.
The house is a 1950's bungalow, with walled off rooms (i.e., not an open floor plan at all).
Any suggestions would be appreciated, including whether or not this is even feasible.This message has been edited. Last edited by: GardenSprite,
Jan 22, 2013, 05:38 PM
If you have forced air heat, you can turn the fan to the furnace to get air circulating, if the air return duct is close to the kitchen it would work better.
Back in the day, I lived in an apartment in England with really crappy heating. All the rooms had doors and we heated the kitchen by cooking. It didn't have a heat source in it. We heated the rest of the apartment with bottled propane heaters. They had a safety feature that would cut them off if the O2 levels got too low. We heated all three bedrooms with one unit in the hallway. Ah, the memories of my early adulthood in the USAF.
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Jan 22, 2013, 07:20 PM
If it's always a case of moving the hot air from the kitchen to the dining room than a simple duct system with an in-line duct fan will do the trick.
If you have attic space above, then it will work very well. Just install a round, 6" grill in the ceilings of the kitchen and the dining rooms, connect with 6" duct and place a 6" duct fan in-line so that it blows towards the dining area. Add poser from a switch installed in the kitchen and it's ready to work. With the fan sucking hot air from up near the ceiling, it will work well to both cool the kitchen and heat the dining.
If you have living space above then there are two other options:
1. Install a fan in the common wall between the kitchen and dining. Here too, best mounted up high.
2. Run ductwork down and through the crawl space or basement and come up through the floor in the dining room. Try to get as high up as possible in the kitchen, either by installing the fan intake in an end cabinet or up in a pantry.
Jan 23, 2013, 03:51 PM
heat from our kitchen wafts around the dining room to the hallway, holds down the thermostat, and the rest of the house cools off in winter.
since fan-forced hot air heat/cooling is so prevalent in North America, turning on the furnace fan is what I'd do to even it out.
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