When choosing appliances for a kitchen renovation, range hoods are often overlooked. It is important to understand the purpose of range hoods, various designs, CFM requirements, and venting options to avoid buyers' remorse. Keep reading to learn more about range hoods.
There are three elements to a range hood ... a canopy, blower motor, and venting. The canopy is the most visible part of the hood. It is the "capture area" located over the stove or cooktop. As the name implies, it captures the steam, heat, and smells rising from the cooking surface. The blower motor creates airflow to pull steam, heat, and smells upward. It is important to correctly size the blower motor to the cooking surface. We will talk more about CFM in an upcoming blog post. Finally, the venting carries the air away from the kitchen and out of the home.
The purpose of a range hood is to extract "dirty" air resulting from cooking and force it outside your home. There are a number of benefits from removing "dirty" air, including:
- Drawing airborne grease from cooking out of the house before it settles on your new cabinets. This helps avoid / minimize time consuming cleaning to remove grime in your home.
- Pulling steam, smoke, and heat from the cooking surface up and out, keeping it away from your face. This is safer and it makes cooking easier.
- Preventing your house from smelling like last night's dinner. A number of foods and spices have very strong smells. Installing a range hood cleans up strong smells so they don't linger.
- Improving overall air quality of your home by eliminating various airborne contaminants and moisture from cooking. Range hoods also encourage the inflow of fresh air.
While not the most exciting kitchen appliance, range hoods serve a valuable purpose. Watch for future blogs and our discussions of the various range hood styles, venting options, and how to correctly size a range hood for your kitchen.
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