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Morgan Swisher, Madera, California
Cabinet Vents Equalize The Heat
2020 Chevy Silverado 3500
2015 Wolf Creek 850
I’m from central California and it gets very hot with the sun beating down. I was concerned about the contents of my cabinets over and under the sink getting very hot. There is no way for any airflow to keep the contents cool or at room temperature.
Every time I opened them, a blast of hot air entered my living space. I keep bread, cookies, coffee, and other foods in the upper and cleaning supplies in the lower ones.
The goal was to try to lower the temperature inside the cabinets, but I didn’t want to install anything that uses power. I bought some small MroMax wardrobe cabinet aluminum vent grilles from Amazon, installed them on the doors and could tell right away that the temperature was going to improve.
I marked and cut out the holes. I used #6 screws, cutting them down to 3/8-inch. These act as a block to keep the vent from coming out.
As you can see the preliminary temperature readings, there is a big difference. This reading was just after I installed them. The 89-degree reading was the face of the grill and the 79-degree reading was the front of the cabinet.
This modification helps equalize the temperature between the living space and the cabinets. After awhile, the bottom cabinets equalized and the top was just a little different.
It took me two hours to complete this modification and cost me $15.07. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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