By Francis. Range Hood. Published at Saturday, March 03rd, 2018 - 09:30:01 AM.
The most common type is that which is attached to a cabinet and directly over the range or cook top. They exhaust to the outside, which is best. A ducted copper range hood is perfect for removal of pollutants associated with cooking. Shockingly, most homeowners dont even realize they are ducted to the outside! Less Noise Its actually very simple to find a copper range hood that isnt noisy. One way is to look for the Energy Star label affixed on the hood. Not only are they built to be more efficient overall, but they are definitely less noisy. Sound levels are at around 2.0 sones, which is more of a soothing sound than a loud, obnoxious one. There is even a searchable database for Energy Star that can be very helpful when on the hunt for a copper range hood. The newest copper range hoods, among others are those which have heat-sensing devices and automatically engage when they are detected. This way, using the hood is brainless as it will come on and turn off on its own. These "smart" range hoods are the best addition to any new home or kitchen remodel and they are fast becoming the standard across the building industry.
The hood consists of a skirt positioned over this surface at a height that is comfortable for the average user. The skirt surrounds grease filters backed by a fan that sucks air into the unit. Fans may feature several speed options. Most fans have at least two speed settings, one designed for operation during cooking, and one that is much quieter to be used during meals. Some advanced models have an automatic fan feature that turns the fan on when temperatures get too high. This feature is a signal to the fan that steam or smoke might be present in the air and the fan should be operating. Range hoods can also feature automatic shut-off timer options. Under-cabinet hoods. A very common type of range hood is an under-cabinet hood, which is installed beneath a cabinet above a stovetop. These hoods generally require piping and tubing to exhaust fumes, smoke and gas outside of the building. Wall-chimney hoods. These hanging hoods attach to the ceiling or wall and then exhaust air outside.
In 2016, its been found that most people dont use a copper range hood or other type to control moisture and ventilate their kitchens. This is a scary finding. Studies show that they only turn on their copper range hoods for smoke and odor removal. What could possibly be the reason they use it so minimally? Surprisingly, its due to noise. Most copper range hoods on the market arent as noisy as they were several years ago, so it pays for homeowners to reconsider, and maybe update their current hood. A Necessary Element For any home, there is no doubt that use of a copper range hood or any type is detrimental to the inhabitants health. It doesnt matter if its a gas or electric range, it still produces pollutants within the home over time when a hood vent is not utilized. Sadly, most homes have one available but due to ignorance or noise they dont activate them when necessary.
The ducted range hoods will always be the recommended choice when it comes to performance, but there are certain instances wherein a user has no choice but to use ductless range hoods. People living in apartments or condos might be prohibited in drilling holes through their wall or the layout of a home limits any possible installation of vents. A good example is a kitchen located in the center of a home with a second floor. You cant install vents to the ceiling if you have second floor or attic. You also cant install vents through the wall into another room. In this case, the ductless hood is always a good option. It may not perform as well as the ducted types but it does the job of filtering and maintaining good and healthy air within the kitchen. Furthermore, the kitchen hoods without ducts are easy to install and move around in any desired position or space within the kitchen. Remodeling is easier, too. With a vented hood, however, you need to close up the hole and drill a new one if you ever feel the need to move your range hood. You might have to do external changes the kitchens heating and ventilation systems as well when remodeling.
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