preventing greasy kitchens and smelly homes.

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Has anyone had a greasy kitchen issue despite having a high powered stove hood? Is it difficult getting tenants to use proper ventilation?

The reason your house is greasy is that your range hood is underpowered for the cooking that is done. All that oil vapor accumulates on the walls and cabinets, and becomes a sticky mess over time because it's not getting sucked out fast enough.

A powerful range hood would solve this issue, but they tend to be loud. If they're loud, I'm not so sure tenants would want to use the hood exhaust consistently.

My new tenant is a stay at home mom, and I recently realized that she cooks full blown meals for lunch and dinner, smoke smell and all. 

She either doesn't turn on the fan, or turns it on low speed, which doesn't do jack. Looks like I'm going to have to tell her that breathing cooking smoke causes cancer, and see if that helps. I don't want a smelly home that is unrentable.

We just repainted the kitchen ceiling & walls near a stove, they even cooked/burned their own stove top popcorn in oil. (This is a $925/month apartment). The power vent (to the outside) was obviously never used so it's a losing battle if they don't turn the unit on. I even placed a smoke detector in the kitchen but they just took the battery out. At least in the bathrooms I can interconnect the venting with the lights to force moisture extraction. So now I'm thinking about how to get an above the stove vent to fire up via a captive air temp/thermal switching unit activated upon stove top ignition. Some high end Thermador hoods have them & we had a similar unit in a lab I once worked in & it was very effective so I know it's a viable <$100 fix.

But in retrospect they were great tenants (3years) & kept the place spotless in every other area.