The right range hood can save space and be an eye-popping element in your kitchen. Every cook top or stove should ideally have a range hood to provide ventilation for unwanted cooking odors, smoke, grease, etc. If you are in the market for a new range hood, there are several factors to consider in choosing one that would be the best fit for you. The following are 6 tips will help you with this choice.
Tip 1 – Determine Where the Hood is to be used before you begin shopping for a range hood, you must decide where the hood will be used. Is your range in an island in your kitchen? Will you need a wall-mounted range? There will be several different styles available to meet any of these needs.There is no such thing as a perfect product—this truth extends even to range hoods and vents. Any consumer who wants to own one should understand the pros and cons first to know which type would work best for his or her needs. Cabinet Range hood also known as the under-cabinet range hood, this has been one of the best-loved and most reviewed hoods for several years. During installation, the range hood is intended to be attached on to the bottom of a wooden cabinet, hence the name. Pros: It is one of the least expensive hoods in the market today, yet it is highly technological, replete with fan tray slides made of stainless steel. It does not eat up a lot of space and can work very efficiently. You can set it up yourself to avoid spending money on installation costs. More modern designs include stainless steel, making the modern under-cabinet range hoods sturdier.Cons: You needs a cabinet first before the hood installation is possible. If the hoods are not used during cooking, the heat from the range can destroy the wood cabinet. Island range hoods are easy to spot as they hang straight from the ceiling. They look massive or sleek, depending on the design or the material used.Pro: If you want your kitchen to be the height of design and style, get island range hoods. They come in a variety of types. Minimalist homes can use stainless steel island hoods while country-style houses can pick those that are made of bricks.Cons: It will cost you a lot, perhaps because of the size and the design. It also does not work as effectively as the other types of hoods and vents. It is too far from the kitchen walls, which is supposed to prevent the escape of heat. Wall-Mounted
range hood; as its name suggests, this range hood is attached directly to the kitchen wall. It does not need any type of cabinet to hide it.Pros: It is one of the most effective range hoods in the market today. As mentioned, one does not have to build more cabinets, so there is no need for extra cost. Although it is very visible, there are several stylish designs available, adding more kitchen value. Cons: Though not as expensive as the island range hood, it still costs a lot as compared to other types of range hoods. Downdraft Vents: the fans of the downdraft vents are found at the cook top surface. It has the ability to push smoke, steam and grease down and into
the base cabinet or underneath the flooring.Pros: One can use the vents to an island installation since it is completely unobtrusive and does not interrupt in the kitchen plan. This is the ideal solution if installation of other hoods and vents are not possible in the present kitchen layout. It also comes in different types such as flush mount and counter-top level.Cons: It seldom works and costs a lot to purchase and install. There is also the tendency that light smoke and fumes do not reach the downdrafts and are not pushed out. Rather, they stay in the kitchen area.
Tip 2 – Decide Which Features You Want The main purpose of a range hood is to filter and remove smoke, grease, steam, etc. When looking for a range hood, you may find other features you may feel could contribute to your choice of a hood. For example: lights, a timer, hooks to hang your cooking ware on, etc. When choosing your range hood, also check out the fan carefully. Some fans are more high-powered than others (also noisier), some have a multiple speeds and some are quite noisy, although you can often find fans that come equipped with sound buffers.
Tip 3 – Choose a Range Hood that Vents to the outsideyou may be happier with a range hood that vents to the outside of the house vs. a hood that filters cooking exhaust but does not vent outside. The reason for you may prefer the outside vent is it will help keep the air and surfaces in your home cleaner.
Tip 4 – Consider Your Cooking Frequency if you will be cooking on your stove top on an average of once each day, you might want to consider purchasing a hood with a fan that can move the air at a rate of 200 to 300 cubic feet per minute. If, however, you plan to cook more often, then a fan with capacity of 250 to 400 CFM would be a better choice. If your cooking area is somewhat drafty, you should consider an extra 100 CFM. Consult your stove operation manual to decide how many CFM’s are recommended. (all Hoods display are above 800 cfm but calculations are done from the length of your vent pipe and the number of corners to determine the number of CFM;s you will benefit from.)
Tip 5 – Measure Your Cooking Range Size before purchasing a range hood, measure the top of your range. The ideal size of a range hood extends three inches beyond both sides of the range, itself. In addition, the hood width should match the width of the cooking surface. The distance from the bottom of the hood to the surface of the stovetop should be 18 to 24 inches for maximum ability to capture.
Tip 6 – Improve the Ventilation by Other Means. Another thing to consider is whether your home is constructed tightly. If it is, even with a range hood, you will need to also open doors and windows to prvodie additional airflow to replace the air that is typically exhausted from the house by the hood range fan. Some of the higher end models have so many CFM’s that they reccomend additional air intake at the furnace to counter it.