Month: August 2013

Labor Day: Celebrating the Contributions of American Workers

As Labor Day approaches this weekend, we want to pause and reflect on why we honor and celebrate this very special holiday.

Each year, the first Monday of September comes with added meaning to us at the Vent-A-Hood family. That’s because the United States Department of Labor describes Labor Day as a dedication “to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

In our 80-year history at Vent-A-Hood, we take pride in the fine work of our team — the fine work of American workers! Through the jobs we create and the products we produce, an American business has established an iconic brand with a reputation that leads our industry. This holiday we will once again celebrate the contributions we have made to the kitchen ventilation industry and to our country as Vent-A-Hood and all of those we employ remain a shining example of Made-in-the-USA success. And for that, we say thank you. Happy Labor Day!

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Vent-A-Hood Scholarship Recipients 2013

Each year Vent-A-Hood and Milestone Distributors award scholarships to graduating seniors and/ or past graduates of any Dallas county, Collin County, Denton County, or Tarrant County, Texas high school. This scholarship may be used at any accredited College or University. The student must have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement, school or civic activities, and financial need.

For the 2013-2014 school year the scholarship recipients are:

Rafael Serrano, will be a first year at the University of Texas at San Antonio.Lauren Wells , is a first year at the University of Oklahoma.

Denise Mata, is a Junior at Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, TX.

Eva Zavala, will be a first year at North Lake Community College.

Krysta Dabideen, will be a Junior at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Congratulations to all of the recipients! We hope that everyone has had a great first day of classes and a great start to the school year!

“If you can’t stand the heat…”

        Everyone knows the old saying. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. That made sense back in the day when cooking your average meal at home made the kitchen hot and unbearable. It was all the more reason for an entrepreneurial company to come along in 1933 and not only change things in the kitchen, but drastically alter the way houses were designed and built for years to come.
         Your great-grandmother’s house probably featured a closed off kitchen at the back of the property with a window or two that was opened often to let in fresh air. Cooking over a hot stove was the perfect recipe for heat, smoke and odors that needed an escape route. That was enough to prompt Vent-A-Hood to come along and answer the call in a new way that shortened that journey from the window to right above the cooktop.
          Fast-forward 80 years, and we’re still doing what we do best. Not only did Vent-A-Hood uncover a consumer demand for a new appliance category. We made the kitchen inviting. You could cook without creating a sauna. Over time that meant people could actually congregate in the kitchen, talk, cook, eat and be together. An amazing evolution began to take place.
          We take a little pride in today’s elevated status of the kitchen as the heart of the home. Nowadays, kitchens are places where people literally entertain. Homes are designed with kitchens as part of great rooms that create an open environment for everyone to enjoy all at once.
         Yes, a lot has happened in 80 years. Our entrepreneurial spirit has literally knocked down walls for today’s modern home. So, the next time you hear someone say: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen…. just know that Vent-A-Hood is the real answer to the problem.

Fighting Pollution

The New York Times posted a blog on July 22 that was music to our ears. It said what we know to be true in our own tests at Vent-A-Hood about the need for good kitchen ventilation. And we’re hoping that the headline of the Healthy Consumer column resonated with thousands of readers. Range hoods are serious business!

 The title of the story was a warning in itself: “The Kitchen as a Pollution Hazard.” You see, those wonderful aromas from your kitchen don’t come without possible consequences. As the article said, people who cook in the kitchen are engaging in an act of ‘controlled combustion.’ More exactly:

 …frying, grilling or toasting foods with gas and electric appliances creates particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, and volatile organic compounds.

 (All hail The New York Times. This is very true. Read the full blog here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/the-kitchen-as-a-pollution-hazard/?_r=1)

 And this underscores the need for an effective range hood. But we’ll let The New York Times and a study mentioned in the article do the talking for us. Yes, you need that range hood to ventilate to the outside of the home. And, despite a lack of regulations for this industry, you need to know what is GOOD ventilation. We couldn’t agree more.

 That’s why the air quality engineering study of a variety of range hoods at Berkeley Lab mentioned in the article was a bonus to this whole message. The study found ventilations standards to run the gamut from low to high efficiency. And, lo’ and behold, the Vent-A-Hood range hood came out on top. (See the study here: http://eaei.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-5545e_1.pdf)

 In our constant goal to educate consumers about the effectiveness of good kitchen ventilation – beyond the pretty canopies with the fancy options which we manufacture with pride — there’s a function that cannot be missed. The function to rid your home of cooking contaminants. We say it all the time. It’s just wonderful to see The New York Times say it too!