Ken Gillis, regional sales manager for Best Ventilation, wants people to know that once they’ve invested in their kitchen design they should also choose the highest quality ventilation. His “Clearing the Air: Fresh Ideas in Kitchen Ventilation” presentation at 7 Tide focused on protecting the kitchen design environment—cabinetry, countertops, appliances—with cutting-edge range hoods and innovative ceiling ventilation. “Proper ventilation is so important to remove contaminants from your kitchen,” says Gillis. “The EPA estimates that indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoor air.”
Clarke Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove of New England sponsored Gillis’s presentation, which was part of 7 Tide’s All Day Learn and Lounge series. The event attracted both architects and designers. “It went extremely well, everyone asked a lot of questions, which is always good for training sessions,” says Gillis. “Not only can I share information about installation heights and proper cubic feet per minute airflow (CFM), but we also discuss how to align ventilation with today’s cooking styles to satisfy both style and function.”
With improved blower technology, from range hoods and professional built-ins to downdraft ventilation and ceiling-mounted systems, the products don’t disrupt your kitchen’s design. “People want hidden appliances and many of these are out of sight, out of mind,” he says. There are a number of examples of how to incorporate this technology into your kitchen at 7 Tide. Plus an installation above the test kitchen. “Everyone can see these products in action in the showroom,” says Gillis.
While 7 Tide’s Learn and Lounge series will resume in the fall, Gillis is already planning future Continuing Education events. “It is so important for clients to keep up with new designs and new trends,” he says. “It is an ever-changing industry.”