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Old 01-13-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
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Insulating a range hood?


I have a range hood that vents through a wall into my garage that is not insulated. This was installed this past Feb. My old range hood was a recirculating type. Although it has a damper which opens/closes automatically when it's on/off, I feel a draft through the range hood. I'm thinking this could have raised my heating/electric bill by 500 kW/h. I nearly messed my pants when I saw the bill!

Is there anyway that I could insulate the damper, or the ducting?

If not possible, what are my alternatives?

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Old 01-13-2009, 08:02 PM   #2
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No good way.

But, its showing you, that your house has a lot of air leakage.

Seal the switches and receps on outside walls.
Seal/replace worn door seals.
Caulk around your windows.

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Old 01-13-2009, 08:24 PM   #3
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BT knows way more about drafts than I, but I have found a horizontal steel vent with weighted damper and felt seal that has made a HUGE difference for both my dryer and range hood. I would add that to his list.
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:55 PM   #4
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Be carefull of felt deals in range hood vents.

They can trap grease.
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