We’re not eager to knock ourselves out of the business of installing range hoods in rental apartments – a key piece of our workload – but there are often situations where a renter can’t get permission to knock out a vent line from the kitchen to an exterior wall. For that, we offer some good insight from our friends over at Apartment Therapy, who are usually full of good ideas.
A while ago, I wrote a post about how to ventilate a kitchen when you don’t have a range hood or vent. A number of Kitchn readers recommended installing a reversible window fan which, when put on the exhaust setting, can effectively draw smells, steam, and smoke out of your kitchen.
I don’t have a hood in my rental kitchen, and for a long time I just ran the ceiling fans in other rooms when I cooked something particularly smelly or smoky. It worked okay, but wasn’t ideal. So I decided to put a window fan in one of my kitchen windows, and now I’m so glad I did.