Installing a vented range hood

Hi,
I've been looking for a vented range hood for my kitchen, and have a couple of questions.
First, has anyone installed a Nutone Allure WS1 Series range hood? It seems like one of the better models out there, but I'd like to hear from those w/ personal experience. If you have it installed - is it quiet? Did you vent it vertically or horizontally? I'm going to vent horizontally, but I'm concerned that a 3"x10" vent duct (as called for by manufacturer) will created a draft (or cold spot) in the kitchen - is there a way to make the duct directional? (i.e. for cooking area air to only travel out, but not for cold outdoor air to travel in) we are in NH, and winters here call for tight, well-sealed houses...
My house is typical wood framing with vinyl siding. I'm hoping that the studs line up correctly w/ the positioning of the stove/cabinetry (which cannot be changed) so that the vent duct hole isn't smack dab in the middle of a 2x4 (w/ 16" spacing the odds would appear to be on my side). Once I cut these holes in the walls of the house to vent the range hood, what works best to "cap" the hole made outside in the vinyl siding? - a vinyl louver? can I get one that's color-matched? or maybe something made of metal? All my exterior trim is white.... Vent will be in kind of an odd spot (middle of the back of the house) and I'm concerned about the aesthetics...
Also, the price is 150.00 for black model - 180.00 for Stainless Steel. I can use either as the stove (and other appliances) are a combination of both. Anyone use a SS model? are fingerprints/grease a problem? I'm thinking that black will be easier to keep looking clean...
Thanks in advance for any/all info
Kevin O'
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I installed a similar range hood and it only took half a day. We too have a wooden home with vinyl siding. If you run into a joist, you may be able to rig up a flexible connection with the metallic pipe used on clothes driers. As for the outside, there are vent kits available. They have a flap which closes when the fan is not going. We too live in a cold climate (Muskoka Ontario...30 below in the winter) but there have been no drafts. Obviously there is a bit of heat loss. Our vent is on the wall of our screened porch. It is aluminium. I've thought of painting it to match the siding but haven't got to it yet. But it's not a problem. The only problem --- and it's not serious --- is that it vents cooking odours into the porch. (But my wife is such a great cook, the odours are good!) I also installed a range hood through a brick wall in another house. It ended up on a back outside wall. The problem there was weird noises and banging of the vent when the wind blew. Our hood takes a screw in bulb. I replaced it with one of the new florescent screw ins and the quality of the light is really nice.

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