How to Vent a Range Hood Through a Soffit

Things You\’ll Need

  • Saw

  • Duct tape

  • Sheet metal screws

  • Caulk

  • Rigid straight ducting

  • Adjustable elbow ducting

  • Protective grille

  • Transition fitting

... Range hoods are the most efficient kitchen ventilators.

Range hoods remove smoke, fumes, moisture and odor from the kitchen. Homeowners who want to pass these substances to the outside air without going through their roof may instead divert the range hood's air duct through an overhanging soffit on the side of the house. The process is similar to running a duct through the roof but requires an additional step to angle the exit properly and seal it from animal life.

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Step 1

Identify the areas of the wall, ceiling and soffit where the venting ducts will run. Ensure that these spaces have adequate room for the ducts.

Step 2

Use your saw to cut a duct-sized hole in the back of the cabinet or wall close to the installed range hood.

Step 3

Connect the range hood to the duct-sized hole using adjustable elbow ducts if the hole rests perpendicular to the range hood's upper vent. Secure this first area with duct tape and sheet metal screws.

Step 4

Connect more ducts to the duct attached to the range hood. Run these ducts behind the wall or in the attic until you reach the soffit.

Step 5

Run the duct straight out the side of the soffit by cutting a duct-sized hole with a saw. If you need to angle the vent down toward the ground through an overhang, cut a hole in the overhang and connect the horizontal duct to a vertical duct using another adjustable elbow duct or a transition fitting.

Step 6

Cover the exposed exterior vent with a protective grille. Seal the edges of the vent with caulk.


Rectangular ducts are more difficult to install, but they have more durability and last longer than other types of ducts.


Don't connect plastic ducts to your range hood or the hot air may cause them to melt.