By Francis. Range Hood. Published at Saturday, December 16th, 2017 - 08:49:40 AM.
Installation can generally be done by any contractor for a reasonable rate (or packaged in with the cost of installing other appliances if the hood is bought as part of a major kitchen remodel), but you should always check the installation requirements with the range hood manufacturer or dealer before purchase. Its a good idea to avoid no-name range hood brands, since the cost of uninstalling and reinstalling a failed range hood will quickly erase any short-term savings gained by purchasing an "Italian style" or "European design" hood, instead of a quality unit actually made in Italy or Germany, by a well-established company, such as Miele, Gaggenau, Futuro Futuro, Elica, Faber, Kuppersbusch, and so on. Always check the manufacturers warranty terms, and make sure your contractor or installer follows the installation requirements. A high-quality, properly installed range hood will keep your air clean and your house smelling fresh for years to come.
Wall-chimney hoods are generally mounted above stovetops where there are no cabinets. Island hoods. Similar to wall-chimney hoods, these hoods are installed where there is no cabinet structure. They are attached to the ceiling above island-style stovetops. Downdraft hoods. These hoods are often used above island-style stovetops, but they exhaust through piping air to the floor, where ducts suck air and filter it through floor piping. Ductless hoods. These types of hoods are mostly designed to trap grease and oil that enter the air above a stovetop. They do not filter air, but rather direct it back out into the kitchen for dispersal. Extractor hood design allows for variations in installation, appearance and efficacy, but all feature standard components. An extractor hood maintains a skirt directly above the cooking surface that is at least as wide as that cooking surface. The skirt houses one or more grease filters in front of a fan that sucks air into the unit for ventilation.
When you are in the market for a new kitchen range hood, choosing between the ducted and ductless type is your first consideration. Both have advantages and disadvantages so its wise to understand these differences in order to choose the most suitable type for your own use. Your requirements and budget will also be important factors in the decision-making. Here are things to consider when selecting the right kitchen hood. Ease of Installation Ducted hoods are designed to expel the smokes, steam, grease, and odors in your kitchen to the outside area. Ductless hoods, on the other hand, sucks in the grease, odors, and smokes, filters these, then releases back clean air into the room. The difference in the process of exhausting air also means that they differ in installation and requirements. The ducted type requires drilling a hole through a wall or ceiling to create a path to vent out the unclean air. With the ductless hood, no need to drill a hole but simply mount the equipment at its ideal location in your kitchen.
Seek recommendation from friends and interior designers: Word of mouth and recommendations are probably one of the best ways to find a range hood. That way you can be reassured of the quality of hood and after-service and it also gives you an opportunity to see a working version already set up in the home. You are now ready to go shopping for your range hood. Make sure you get a number of quotations from a wide range of suppliers, not just for the hood but also for fitting and subsequent servicing. Make sure you know whether your kitchen has any venting or whether this will need to be installed. Enquire as to whether any additional accessories are supplied with your hood, especially larger stores, whom may throw in an extra appliance for your kitchen. Know what warranty period you are getting with the hood so you are not left with any nasty surprises should the hood become faulty. A copper range hood is a very stylish addition to your kitchen but it is also an important piece of safety equipment and so remember that cheapest is not always the best.
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