Our last few posts have focused on range hoods. We will wrap up this series with a few last thoughts on guidelines for a range hood's width, depth, and mounting height.
- Width of a Range Hood -- You always want to choose a range hood that is as wide, or wider than the your stove or cooktop. Following this guideline creates a capture area under the hood large enough to trap heat, steam, and smells given off by cooking. For example, a 36" cooktop should have a range hood 36" to 42" wide.
- Depth of a Range Hood -- To keep from hitting your head, a range hood's depth needs to be less than your cooking surface. The optimal depth will result in the range covering the rear burners and part of the front burners.
- Mounting Height -- This is referring the distance between the bottom of the range hood and the top of the cooking surface. Ideally, this should 24" to 36". Like the width of a range hood, this will help capture the steam, heat, grease and smells generated by cooking. If the range hood is located more than 36" above the cooking surface, it will render the hood ineffective.
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