By Francis. Range Hood. Published at Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 - 08:42:21 AM.
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.
During the cooking process, air pollutants such as smoke, steam, grease particles, and odors come up from the cooking surface. Gas cooktops and ranges add carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide to the mix, and grilling tops it off with volumes of greasy smoke. In addition, excess moisture from the dishwasher, escaping odors from the trash can, the lingering smell of last nights takeout, and many other sources, together create a serious air quality problem. Range hoods solve this problem by removing the polluted air to the outside (ducted installation) or cleaning it with a series of filters (ductless / recirculating installation). However, besides the obvious benefit of keeping the kitchen air odor-free, range hoods offer several other, more subtle, advantages.
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.
If you are looking to renovate your kitchen and remodel its old style, one of the obstacles you may come across is how to refit your new kitchen range hood into your old kitchen. The problem is largest in an old house that may not have any type of exhaust system in the kitchen let alone a modern range hood. Many years ago, range hoods were not common so in an older home you may have more work to renovate. Its safest to just pull out whatever old system exists and install your modern appliance and range hood. Youll need to know where you want your new range to go in your kitchen. If you have ample space then you may want an island range in which case youll need to consider the different island range hoods available. The most popular of types for an island are stand alone hoods that are stylish and functional. If there is already a cabinet above where you want your range to be located then your solution is to either have a carpenter shorten the cabinet or replace it with a shorter cabinet that will give more breathing space to the range underneath it. Wiring is a consideration as well. A ductless range hood would require that you shorten the cabinet and do the required wiring before you install your range. Ducted kitchen range hoods are different and require an opening in the cabinets bottom to accommodate the ducting. Another hole will be needed for the exhaust.
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