Ventilation from Jenn-Air

Thank you to the designers that joined us this week for CEU Training in the Wall showroom.  The topic was: Emerging Technologies Impacting Kitchen Design: What’s New in Kitchen Ventilation?  The presentation was by Bridgitte of Jenn-Air and explored cooking appliances, new technologies, how technologies impact the placement of the appliance and the surrounding storage space for the appliance and LED lighting.

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Here’s what you need to know when you’re considering ventilation.

Think about esthetics, and how you like to cook.

Several factors should go into your decision on the type of ventilation you select for your kitchen. An important one has to do with your design preference: Do you like the idea of a visible hood above your cooking appliance? Or do you prefer an open space, with ventilation that remains unseen—or appears only when needed?

Before you decide on a specific ventilation system, also think about your overall kitchen space and even the way you like to cook and entertain. Do you plan to place a cooktop or rangetop on an island, or will your cooking appliance be placed against a wall? Do you like to interact with guests as you cook or do you typically prepare everything before guests arrive? Hood placement, duct-free options and noise levels are all important facets of your choice for ventilation.

There are two main types of ventilation: vented and duct-free.

Many homes have exterior venting—ductwork that vents outside—allowing for either vented or duct-free installation. Many other homes, however, do not offer exterior venting: multi-housing units like apartments and condos, homes with slab construction or with other venting restrictions such as no basement. This requires different installation and set-up for a ventilation appliance, such as a duct-free kit for a downdraft cooktop or recirculating option for a microwave-hood combination.

A vented exhaust system pulls smoke, steam and odors out of the air above the cooking surface and expels them outside through ductwork. Both hoods and downdraft cooktop options can be vented. If your kitchen includes an exterior wall, a vented exhaust system may be a good option. This means you can install a hood above your cooking surface.

Duct-free ventilation captures smoke, steam and cooking odors and expels them through a filter, then recirculates the clean air. Select downdraft cooktops can be converted to a duct-free ventilation kit, providing you with a variety of ventilation options. And, many Jenn-Air® hoods can be set up to recirculate.

CFM ratings help you determine the proper ventilation level.

A CFM rating is a measure of the air-capturing power of your ventilation system. CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) is directly related to the level of BTUs (see below) your appliance outputs. The higher the BTUs, the higher the CFM should be.

It’s important to make sure you select a correctly sized ventilation unit as well as opt for the proper CFM level. Check the product specifications of your cooking appliance to determine the minimum CFM requirements. Your CFM requirement is also a function of how far the ventilation exhaust has to travel along ductwork before it’s expelled; the longer the ductwork, the higher the CFM should be.

Assessing the correct CFM rating is important for delivering the proper level of ventilation for your heat output and the amount of smoke, steam and cooking odors generated. A too-low rating might not thoroughly clear the air; an overly high rating might capture too much heated or air-conditioned air within your kitchen environment.

Consider the power of your cooking appliance and the type of cooking techniques you use frequently. Searing, blackening and frying often require more ventilation power to clear the air as you cook, whereas simmering and sautéing require less.

BTUs (British Thermal Units) are the measure of a burner’s energy output, and refer to gas burners. Higher BTU output means higher heat—important for cooking techniques like searing. Lower BTU output means lower heat—important when melting butter or simmering delicate sauces.

Each burner has its own BTU measurement; your appliance’s total BTU level will determine the CFM rating required for proper ventilation.

There are several ventilation mounting options.

The type of ventilation mounting you choose will depend largely on the location of your cooktop within your kitchen. Also consider how you like to cook. For instance, do you frequently sear, blacken or flash-fry? This determines how much ventilation power you’ll need.

Wall mount hoods are a good option when your cooktop is positioned next to a wall. They offer powerful ventilation. Many of our models feature commercial-style design.

Island mount hoods essentially “float” directly over where your cooktop is placed within an island, for powerful ventilation right where it’s needed.

Low profile hoods offer a more minimal-looking installation but offer slightly less powerful ventilation than other hood types. They install directly underneath the cabinet situated above your cooking surface.

Microwave hood combinations offer space-saving design by featuring a microwave with a built-in ventilation system. They can be installed above a cooking appliance to provide ventilation for smoke, steam and cooking odors, and can be vented or set to recirculate.

Perimetric hoods, designed to hang on the wall like a work of art, offer powerful ventilation and will make a dramatic statement in your kitchen.

Telescoping downdraft ventilation can be installed directly into the cooking surface for a streamlined look. Its slim exhaust fan appears with the push of a button to capture smoke directly at cooking surface level, and then disappears when no longer needed.

Custom hood liners are ideal to achieve a distinctive ventilation look. They feature a ventilation system mounted to the inside of a custom vent cover. The cover can be made of metal, wood, plaster or tile, to complement cabinetry or make a bold statement. It offers you a choice of motors for different levels of ventilation power.

Choose a style that combines power and beauty.

Jenn-Air® ventilation systems are available in a wide variety of styles to suit your personal style and enhance the look of your kitchen, from statement-making perimetric hoods to commercial-style wall-mount hoods to unobtrusive telescoping downdrafts. We also offer a variety of finishes to complement your appliances and contrast beautifully with cabinetry.

Source: http://jennair.com/appliances/kitchen-ventilation

 

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Top Line crew visits Miele

Last night, some of our staff visited the Miele Princeton Center and participated in the “Full Steam Ahead” class.  This is a hands-on class featuring the Combi-Steam and Steam ovens. The class covers operation, the principles of steam and the utilization of multi-stage programs.  Our customers are welcome to sign up for a class at Miele in Princeton.  Check out their upcoming events here: Miele Class Schedule

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From left to right: Bea, Tony, Maria, Traci, Mike, Marc, John, Todd, Adam, Wes & Dan (our Miele rep)

Maria was quite proud of her delicious cobbler!

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John is no stranger to the kitchen!  Professional.

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Thanks for a fun evening Miele!

Voted Best of Houzz 2015!

 2015ServiceBadges-80X80Good news! We’ve been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of the Best of Houzz 2015 awards! We won in the Customer Service category. Visit our profile page (http://www.houzz.com/pro/toplineac) to see a “Best of Houzz 2015” winner badge on our Houzz profile page. Customers, thanks for the reviews. They mean a lot!

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Sub Zero’s New Generation Integrated Hinge System

With the constant evolution of design, Sub-Zero has consistently executed to meet the needs of designers and customers alike and will be doing so once again with its “New Generation” Integrated Hinge System.

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The new generation integrated hinging system can be found on all full-size Sub-Zero Integrated products: Columns, talls, and NGI wine storage units.

Let’s discuss.

The new generation hinging system provides the ideal combination of customer convenience and design flexibility.  While still maintaining a 1/8″ reveal, the hinging system allows easy access into the unit without the worry of damaging adjacent cabinetry or appliances.

BENEFITS:

Owners will appreciate the soft opening and soft closing that the new hinging system provides, so bottles and condiments stored in the door don’t “shake, rattle and roll.”

Past 60°, the door stays open, making it easier than ever to unload groceries. And with a maximum door swing of 105°, the unit is always easy to access.

The new generation hinging system also provides greater design flexibility, since it can accommodate multiple installation options such as handle-to-handle, handle-to-hinge, and hinge-to-hinge without the use of a partition. Because of this flexibility, the applications in which NGI product can be installed are endless.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The doors do not go beyond the width of the unit.  When you open the door, the hinge first swings forward, then swings open – but the door stays within the width of the unit and does not intrude into adjacent cabinetry or other integrated appliances.

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Dacor’s Four Door French Door, Convertible Refrigerator

NEW PRODUCT UPDATE
FOUR-DOOR FRENCH DOOR, CONVERTIBLE REFRIGERATOR

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The active, modern, American family wants and needs flexibility in the world around them, and now Dacor’s new 36” Distinctive Four-Door, French Door Refrigerator gives them just what they need. The Energy Star® Qualified Refrigerator with dual compressors and three cooling zones, has one dedicated zone that allows you to switch between Fresh or Frozen as the need requires. Perfect for storing fresh fruit and extra sodas, or switch to freezer to hold those glorious steaks for next weekend’s BBQ.

Besides the convertible cooling zone, the unit comes with proprietary Dacor BlueV™ lights in the crisper sections to extend and preserve the vitamins and freshness of fruits and vegetables. An external control panel allows for a larger interior with adjustable storage and shelving elements. Ice and water in the door keeps the need for opening and closing to a minimum.

Sharp’s New and Updated Microwave Drawer

One of our most popular appliances has been updated!  Meet the NEW Sharp Microwave Drawer.

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Model:  SMD2470AS 

  • 24″ Built-in Microwave Drawer, 1.2 Cu Ft Capacity, 1000 watts
  • Easy Touch Automatic Open and Close
  • Concealed Digital LCD Display
  • Even Cook Technology | Auto Defrost and Sensor Cook
  • New Updated Design: Fully Integrated Design without a Handle Blends in Your Kitchen

Our Price: $1,199.99 

The enhanced design boasts a low-profile, stainless steel finish and concealed display, designed to complement a wide range of kitchen appliances.  The 45-degree angled control panel opens when needed and seamlessly blends into any kitchen designed when not in use. Sharp’s Microwave Drawer Oven is a perfect fit for any kitchen from compact kitchens to sprawling open-plans, because it can be installed in islands, peninsulas, under the counter, or adjacent to a wall oven.

The Microwave Drawer Oven itself offers you plenty of cooking space, roomy enough for a 4-quart casserole dish, and tall enough to reheat a 20 oz. beverage from your favorite coffee shop. Sharp’s exclusive AutoTouch system allows you to open and close the drawer with a push of a button. And the smooth gliding drawer prevents liquids from spilling.  The microwave drawer offers advanced cooking performance, including even cook technology, auto defrost and sensor cook options to bring even greater convenience to the kitchen.