Direct-Vented vs. Recirculating Range Hood Fan
The ongoing debate about direct vented versus recirculating hood fan has come up as we’re about to pour the slab. The house is better than Pretty Good House but not quite Passive House with an all electric home that will have a small wood stove. We initially thought about doing a recirculating hood fan but after the HVAC contractor planted the seed about a direct vented, my wife is second guessing now because we do a lot of cooking.
My concern is the make up air from a 100-200 CFM hood fan and more so with having a woodstove in the house. I suspect the weakest point in our house will very likely be the chimney and the directly connected outdoor air kit where make up air will be pulled from. The concern is backdraft from the woodstove.
Anyone has direct experience with a similar situation and how they approached it? What were the results from that approach?
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