Posted by Kerry on September 22, 2000 at 08:52:55:
In Reply to: Bathroom and Kitchen vents posted by Daniel on September 21, 2000 at 20:54:31:
Do you live in a highrise? If not what kind of structure is it? AND where do you live?
It may appear that the vents do nothing, but that doesn't mean there not working, one way to test them is to light a match and hold it up to the vents, blow it out, and then see if the smoke is being drawn into the vent. These style of vents do not draw a lot of air but they are code, and as long as they are functioning there is no violation. If you are in a highrise then there is a chance the fan is on the roof and you would never hear it, none of them draw much air.
Some vents are only required to go to the outside, they don't even have to draw air, it all depends on the configuration of the apartment, the size of the building, and a lot of other stuff.
If you live in a small apartment or tenament building you are lucky to have vents. Are there any windows close to the kitchen?
New York is very antiquated, the infrastructure here is very old, many highrises built in the 50's. Many things are grandfathered, venting has a tendancy to be very low priority.
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