Microwave Over the Range Venting Options Guide

MICROVISOR® Removable Mini Hood/Micro Hood Extension

Full Frame Door Microwave
Full Frame Door Microwave

Microwaves over the range (OTR) typically vent in two different ways.  In the first example, the microwave over the range (OTR) will vent through the manufacturer installed grease or carbon filter, then directly through an exhaust port that is ducted to the outside of the structure.  Typically there might be a cabinet installed over the microwave and inside that cabinet will be duct work or a soffit above the microwave, or a direct wall exhaust.  Normally, this type of microwave over the range (OTR) will have a full frame door, with no panel above it, as depicted here.

In the second example below, the microwave over the range (OTR) will exhaust through the manufacturer installed grease or carbon filters, then recirculate the air back into the home.  In many cases there are visible vents at the top of the microwave face frame, or a top panel that opens as a flap when the exhaust fan of the microwave is activated.

microwave-louvered-top exaust
Louvered Top Exhaust Microwave
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Top Opening Flap Exhaust Microwave

In either example, the cooking by-products are filtered through the filter medium, which is important. Capturing as much of the by-products as possible is the most crucial portion to any kitchen venting solution.  That is where the MICROVISOR® comes into play.  Our Removable mini hood / micro hood provides the additional capture zone necessary in order to complete your OTR microwave's exhaust function.  Once the MICROVISOR® removable mini hood / micro hood extension is installed, more effective containment is achieved, and improved updraft is accomplished.  The positive effects of using our mini hood / micro hood include reduced cooking product exposure throughout the home, less grease on cabinets and ceilings, reduced on-set of fire alarms, and better exhausting performance of your microwave over the range (OTR).

OTR microwaves shown above are for illustration purposes only.  Please refer to FAQ page or Spacer Kit information for specific models or contact: customersupport@microvisorhood.com
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