Choosing a Range Hood

Range hoods aim to improve the cooking experience by keeping heat, smoke, and cooking smells out of the rest of your house. Range hoods can prevent your kitchen's walls from becoming greasy and can also assist in removing other pollutants from your kitchen air. Chemicals from household cleaners, carbon dioxide, animal dander, pollen, molds, and mildew are common in the air and can be hazardous to your health and the health of your family. By installing a range hood, these can all be reduced.

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Range Hood Purchase Considerations

The first thing a consumer should think about when purchasing a range hood for the kitchen is which type to buy. The type of range hood purchased usually depends on its location in the kitchen. Knowing that, range hoods come as the following:

  • Wall mount
  • Under cabinet mount
  • Chimney style mount
  • Island mount.

Range Hoods: Ducted vs. Ductless

The next thing to consider when purchasing a range hood is whether or not it should be ducted or ductless. Most experts would recommend range hoods ducted outside the house, especially if optimum performance is a requirement. This will insure that all the cooking pollutants leave the home. With this important consideration in mind, ducted range hoods should never be vented inside walls, garages, attics, or confined spaces inside the home. This only keeps the heat, humidity, and pollution inside.

If purchasing a ductless range hood is the option you choose, understand that the smoke and heat from cooking will immediately be recycled into your home. And while the filters in the range hood will keep some of the pollutants away, if the filters are not changed regularly, eventually this functionality will be lost as well.

Range Hoods: Power and Noise

Another important option to think about when purchasing a range hood is how powerful your hood should be. If the range hood isn't powerful enough to filter out all of the pollutants in your kitchen, then what good is it? When shopping for range hoods, each hood's power will be measured in terms of its CFM (cubic feet per minute). Generally speaking, for every 10,000 BTU your gas stove generates, you will need a range hood that has a CFM rating of 100.

A final factor to think about when purchasing a range hood is the hood's "sone" rating. The "sone" is the unit of measurement for a range hood's loudness. The lower the sone rating, the quieter your range will be. If a peaceful cooking environment is something you strive for, then selecting a range with a low sone will be a necessity.