By Francis. Range Hood. Published at Monday, March 05th, 2018 - 09:32:22 AM.
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.
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.
Range hoods are one of the most important appliances that you need for your kitchen. It collects the smoke, grease, oils, and odor produced while cooking in order to keep the area clean and smelling good. Without an efficient range hood, the smoke and grease can stick to the kitchen and even on your hair and clothes. You definitely dont want to smell like cooking oil or a hint of what you had for breakfast. Range hoods come in various sizes, designs, and brands. And, each type has both strengths and weaknesses. Understanding these differences and choosing based on your specific requirements and preferences will help you make informed decisions when buying. Here are some important factors you need to consider.
Maintenance and Cleaning With regular use and frequent cooking, the aluminum base and charcoal filters in ductless hoods will build up with dirt and other filtered substances. When this happens, the hood wouldnt operate in the best condition and efficiency. Eventually parts may break down without proper maintenance. That is the downside to ductless range hoods. Every 3 to 6 months, you need to clean the aluminum base filter with soapy water and replace the charcoal filter, unlike ducted hoods that simply need basic cleaning every 6 months. The time and effort of cleaning regularly and the cost of replacing the charcoal filter are a few disadvantages to this type of hood. Noise or Sone Range hoods have the tendency to make noise when they are running. Noise can be measured in sones and suppliers indicate this in the spec sheet or manual of the unit. The higher the sones, the noisier it can be. Kitchen hoods with higher speed or cubic feet per minute (CFM) also tend to make more noise than low-speed models, but there are expensive and higher quality hoods designed to be quieter. Price and Cost of Investment Compared to the ductless hoods that cost around $80 to $100, high-performance ducted hoods cost more per unit and installation combined. However, if you consider the regular replacement of filters in ductless hoods, theres better and long-term investment in the ducted type of range hood. Plus, less maintenance required.
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