How to Choose Hood Type and Vent Fan for Your Kitchen

How to Choose Hood Type and Vent Fan for Your Kitchen

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A range hood significantly impacts your kitchen’s overall style and comfort. Range hoods protect your family’s health and enhance your comfort while you’re cooking and spending time in the kitchen.


Important Information On Range Hoods


Range hoods keep your kitchen smelling fresh. They come in different styles, and there are many aspects to be considered when buying one for your kitchen. The aim of this article is to provide you with some essential information about a range hood so that you are in a position to make the right choice that will have the best effect on your kitchen’s aesthetic and comfort.


Types of Range Mounts


There are various styles of range hoods to choose from, but we’ll discuss three of the most popular ones here.


  1. Under-Cabinet Range Hoods

A common type of range hood goes beneath your kitchen cabinets. An under-cabinet range hood saves space and can be easily concealed and blended with your other interior design choices. Many under-cabinet range hoods install seamlessly to suit your range's dimensions.


  1. Wall Mount Range Hoods

Just like the name says, a wall-mounted hood is installed on your wall, typically higher than an under-the-cabinet-style range. This type of hood is placed above the range to capture the particles from your exhaust fan while you're cooking. A properly mounted wall range hood will also have a prolonged life.


  1. Island Mount Range Hood

The island mount is prevalent in open-concept layouts where the range is in the center of your kitchen. The range hood mounts to the ceiling and the vertically ventilated hood collect particles.

Since it's typically your kitchen's focal point, island mount range hoods often come in various attractive materials such as stainless steel, copper, wood, and glass. You can customize your ventilation in a way that enhances your kitchen's unique style.


  1. Downdraft Range Hoods

Remain hidden but need to be pulled out when you need to draw steam as well as smoke across the range horizontally. These range hoods are also used popularly for island applications. You can opt for this range hood if you prefer not to have a hanging range hood. Downdraft range hoods cannot be used for ovens.


Vent Fan Options


Replacing your range hood also means customizing your ventilation options, such as:


  • Ductless range hoods

A ductless range hood is easy to install and performs the same ventilation functions as a ducted model, though it uses a different system. A ductless range circulates your air through a filter before releasing the air back into your kitchen. The main benefit of ductless range hoods is that they don’t require extensive ductwork, which can be costly and disrupt your home during installation.


  • Ducted range hoods

Ducted range hoods take in fumes, grease, and harmful contaminants and vent them outdoors. A ducted hood ensures your air quality is as clean and healthy as possible for all of your house’s inhabitants.


How to Choose Range Hood Vent Fan


Most vent fans are made of stainless steel, while some provide good lighting. Therefore, it is important that you know key points before buying a range hood.


Air Flow

One of the factors to be considered when purchasing range hoods is airflow. The volume of air to be handled by a range hood is measured regarding cubic feet per minute or CFM. The factors that decide the CFM requirement as far as your kitchen is concerned are the type, as well as the output of the range, the size of the range hood, its positioning and configuration, and the length of ductwork.


Fan Speed

Another factor to be considered when choosing range hoods is the speed of the fan. Many range hoods come with three to six fan speeds. Some types even have an automatic speed variation arrangement. It is a good idea to choose a model that provides at least two speeds. The fan should run at a higher speed when you are cooking and at a lower speed when you are finishing off your meal preparation or cleaning your kitchen.


Baffle Filters

A ducted range hood makes use of baffle filters for trapping grease before forcing smoke and odors outside. The baffle filters have to be washed at least once a month, we offer dishwasher-safe filters, and it's easy to clean. A non-ducted hood makes use of charcoal filters. These filters cannot be cleaned. They have to be replaced after every few months.


Range Hood Sound Levels

The noise generated when a hood is in operation is specified in sone. What you need to keep in mind when choosing a hood is that the higher the CFM rating, the higher will be the sone rating.


In summary, it is critical to keep all of the above aspects in mind and discuss them with a specialist in the field of range hoods when shopping for the right one for your kitchen.


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