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Very Nice Product and Great Value
on December 16, 2012
We've been using this island vent for about a month; it is mounted about 31" over our cooktop. It vents directly through the roof. Our living room and dining room open onto our kitchen so getting the cooking smells out of the house is particularly critical. And so far this vent is doing an excellent job. We use a lot of garlic and onion as well as Asian spices in our cooking, so we've put this unit through its paces. It seems to be excellent value.
Installation is straight forward but not easy. If you are lucky your cooktop will be centered between two ceiling joists (otherwise you will have to cut out and box around). The first step is to use a plumb bob to center a ceiling hole over the cooktop. Then get into the ceiling and install two rails between the joists so that you have something very solid to screw the mounting plate into. This plate will carry all the weight. With the mounting plate centered mark a cut for the duct hole. You will have to make a corresponding hole in the roof. The upper support frame (see the instructions) attaches to the ceiling plate, and the lower support frame telescopes so that you can set it at the proper height above the cooktop.The blower box attaches to the lower support frame. The inner and outer duct cover are cosmetic, but as one other reviewed mentioned, you have to take care with the installation.Pulling the inner duct cover up and out of the outer duct cover is awkward because it is a tight fit. As for the roof, you have to be sure it is well sealed, obviously. I found simple unit at Home Depot that fits over the duct protruding out of the roof. This unit takes a right angled turn and it has a squirrel guard as well as hinged baffle (as does the Akdy unit) that is effective in keeping the cold air return to a minimum. I was afraid we would have a lot of cold air coming down through duct and into the house (it is a chimney), but this has not been a problem. Finally, you have to have or install an electrical outlet in the ceiling next to the duct so that the unit can be plugged in. The instructions that come with the AKDY are not completely useless because they show you how the parts fit together. But as installation instruction, they are useless, particularly the instruction to use screw anchors in the ceiling to hold the unit. NO WAY! This thing is not lite. You must install rails between the joists and anchor directly into them. I have a good handy man; he and his son did this work. I watched and took notes. Then I had a roofer take care of the roof seal. You will save a lot of money with this unit, but the installation costs, which would be the same with any island vent, are not insignificant.