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Broan®, NuTone® and BEST® Offers Ventilation Education for Designers

Survey Says Designers Play Key Role in Ventilation Advice

Hartford, Wis., April 16, 2010 – A survey conducted by a leading appliance manufacturer in conjunction with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) revealed that almost 90 percent of the 573 kitchen designers polled said their clients either always or usually rely on their professional opinions regarding a kitchen's ventilation needs. In addition, 86 percent of the designers said that their clients are less knowledgeable about kitchen ventilation appliances in comparison to other kitchen appliances.

Today's designer can't afford to be unprepared when it comes to the importance of proper kitchen and bath ventilation. It is for this reason that Broan-NuTone® has been working to improve the knowledge base of these designers with its ongoing partnership with the NKBA. Broan-NuTone offers its "Clearing the Air: Fresh Ideas in Ventilation" program and more recently its newest program "Anatomy of Kitchen Ventilation."

"The NKBA presentation of 'Clearing the Air' focuses on the importance and the effectiveness of ventilation specifications of any planned kitchen and bath. In looking at the variety of both kitchens and bathrooms that are currently featured in many home design and home improvement publications, homeowners all have different views when it comes to designing their dream kitchen and bath," says Brian Wellnitz, marketing manager, kitchen ventilation, Broan-NuTone.

Almost half (46 percent) of the designers surveyed said that they are using wall hoods the majority of the time in their kitchen projects, followed by custom inserts (28 percent), chimney hoods (18 percent), downdrafts (4 percent) and island hoods (3 percent). Wellnitz explains that it's important to keep designers up-to-date on vendor product performance and benefits as they incorporate different hood designs into their kitchens.

"'Clearing the Air' takes a look at the importance of proper bathroom and whole-house ventilation, as many designers are not aware of the recent studies that have shown that ventilation fans in the bathroom are underused whether it is from lack of installation or homeowners simply forgetting to turn them on," says Wellnitz. "This presentation shows a number of ways that ventilation can be incorporated throughout the home such as a decorative light fixture or a recessed light in a hallway, laundry room or walk-in closet. It also shows how ventilation systems provide humidity control; odor/fume control; proper air exchanges; and prevent the growth of mildew, keeping paint or wallpaper looking new."

Broan-NuTone's newest program, "Anatomy of Kitchen Ventilation" takes an in-depth look at the key to good kitchen ventilation by discussing important elements of any range hood installation such as: blower versus duct requirements; the pros and cons of installing a recirculating hood; sound level ratings; different blower options; and the keys to having a successful custom designed hood. According to Wellnitz, this program picks up where "Clearing the Air" leaves off regarding range hoods and their proper installation. In addition, it also gives tips on how to simplify the installation process for any craftsman to ensure a smooth installation on all ends.

Dedicated to positively improving the indoor environment while protecting and preserving the outdoor environment, more than 80 percent of Broan-NuTone products sold in the USA are designed, engineered and manufactured in the U.S. of U.S. and foreign parts which means the carbon footprint required to make products available to homeowners is less than some competitors. Additionally, homeowners will appreciate that ENERGY STAR® qualified fans from Broan and NuTone can use less than 10 kilowatt hours per year – or about one dollar per year in electricity. And, on average, an energy-efficient Broan or BEST kitchen ventilation product will cost less than a dollar a month or $10 a year to operate.

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Broan® is a trademark of Broan-NuTone LLC, North America's leading manufacturer and distributor of residential ventilation products including range hoods, ventilation fans, heater/fan/light combination units, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Fresh Air Systems, built-in heaters, whole-house fans, attic ventilators, paddle fans and trash compactors. NuTone® is a trademark of NuTone Inc, a subsidiary of Broan-NuTone and North America's leading manufacturer and distributor of residential built-in convenience products including door chimes, central vacuum systems, stereo intercom systems, home theater speakers, medicine cabinets, ironing centers and ventilation fans. Broan-NuTone is proud to be an ENERGY STAR® partner.

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