Are you tired of the grease, odor, and moisture that are making your kitchen look unkempt instead of the clean, odorless place it is supposed to be? Do you want to ensure that your kitchen is adequately ventilated, free of excessive heat and smoke? If you’re nodding to these questions, it is time for a new kitchen.

And, one of the major highlights of your spruced up cooking place is going to be a range hood. That said, your quest for the best range hoods starts by knowing the various types available on the market.

Here’s a brief overview of the types of range hoods

Under the Cabinet Hoods

These mount beneath the cabinet but other models can install on the wall. They can be ducted or non-ducted. Some models come with shallow hoods that slide out of the top kitchen when required.

Wall Chimney Hoods

These are ideal for a kitchen that has no cabinets over the range. They are mounted above the cooker and have a duct that goes all the way to the ceiling for ventilation.

Island Hoods

These are designed to hang from the ceiling over a cooktop island, which means that they have to be connected to the exterior vent through ductwork into the roof.

Ductless Hoods

These get rid of the smoke and odors from the cooktop back into your cooking place. They come with filters that work by trapping grease and oil buildup in the air at the top of the range.

Downdraft Hoods

These reverse the rising smoke and fumes through a duct located underneath the floor. Even though downdraft hoods can be used anywhere in the kitchen, they are excellent in areas where it’s impossible to route ductwork through the ceiling.

What to Look for in a Range Hood

For starters, be sure to choose a model that is wide that cooktop for increased efficiency. On that note, here are some of the things that should be running through your mind before investing in a range hood.

Air Flow

The airflow (measured in cubic feet per meter) may determine the level of ventilation that a range hood offers. If your cooking doesn’t involve a lot of steam and strong odors, you could choose a range hood has airflow of 350 CFM. For high output of steam and gas, select a range hood that has an air flow of 450 CFM.

Number of Fans Speeds

Most range hoods offer six-speed fans. Do not go for a unit that has less than two speeds. With dual fan speeds, you can change the settings depending on your cooking. If you go for a hood that has more than three fan-speed setting, make sure that you can shift between speeds easily.

Filters

If you’re going to buy a ducted hood, go for the one with an aluminum filter. Apart from helping trap the gas and smoke, aluminum filters are easy to clean. You can use a dishwasher to clean the filters.

If you’re buying a non-duct range hood that uses charcoal filters, choose a model that is fitted with filter indicator lights to know when you need to change the filter.

Note that charcoal filters are not washable and so be sure to replace them after a few months depending on the frequency of cooking.

Sound Levels

The level of noise generated by a range hood is measured in sones. One sone is equivalent to the sound made by a refrigerator. You can have a normal conversation in four sones. Thus choose a hood whose noise level is manageable. In fact the quieter the hood, the better it is.

Other features to look for in a range hood include:

  • Lighting options – choose a unit that has either incandescent, fluorescent, halogen and LED lighting fixtures
  • Automatic shutoff that can be used to shut off the fan after a given period
  • Heat sensors to automatically adjust the blower to high speed when excessive heat gets detected in the range hood.

In conclusion, a range hood can help freshen your kitchen and ultimately turn it into a place where you can make delicious meals without having to worry about grease, smoke or odor. However, before you buy a hood for your kitchen, acquaint yourself with the basics first.

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Are you tired of the grease, odor, and moisture that are making your kitchen look unkempt instead of the clean, odorless place it is supposed to be? Do you want to ensure that your kitchen is adequately ventilated, free of excessive heat and smoke? If you’re nodding to these...