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The Importance of Selecting the Right Kitchen Ranch Hood
Range hoods are a necessity in any kitchen. A properly installed kitchen range hood improve the cooking experience by venting hot air and cooking odors outside as well as help keep kitchen surfaces free of grease. A kitchen range hoods can also help to remove other pollutants from your kitchen air.
A good kitchen range hood is an important kitchen tool for both safety and comfort. Hood choices can range from basic ductless wall-mount units, to systems with lights, timers, and easy-clean surfaces.
Hoods come in many styles, stainless steel, tile, or paneling that matches the cabinetry in your kitchen.
An important thing to consider when choosing the right kind of kitchen range hood for your kitchen is your current ventilation system. Next would be the size, location, and the quality of the range hood that you are looking for. High tech fans are used for outsourcing fumes. Some range hoods offer great charcoal filtration others have more cost efficient have fans built in to push hot air towards your ceilings.
There are two main types of range hoods - venting and recirculating (or non-venting). A venting range hood is a bit more complicated to install in that it requires a connection to an exhaust duct. The non-venting range hood simply blows the air back into the room, and all it requires is an electrical connection. It is considered to be the most basic system but also the least efficient.
Slim-line hood designs are available which are concealed under cabinets which slide out when in use. Another kind of kitchen hood can be used as a shelf for microwaves with the venting fans underneath.
Another kind of hood design can incorporate a wall-mounted microwave above the range.
Whether it is performance or design that matters to you for the serious cook it is important to make the correct choice of kitchen range hood.
Other types of hood systems include updraft and downdraft systems. Updraft systems pull the air through a filter then vent it along ductwork to the outside. Downdraft systems are usually located on the stove top near the burners. Downdraft units use one or more fans, pulling the air through a filter into ductwork.
The hood or vent should be at least as wide as the range top. If you are designing a kitchen range hood you should select the ventilator unit first. The range hood should be designed to permit enough room for the ventilator and ductwork required to vent to the outside.
Because kitchen range hoods collect grease and filter smoke from the air, the range hoods should be cleaned frequently. Any exposed portions, including the blades and internal filters may be cleaned with sponges and soapy water and wiped dry. You should never clean with abrasive clothes or pads however. You can clean the exposed metal with an ammonia/water mixture if necessary. Metal mesh filters can be removed and soaked in a washing solution for a few minutes, then sponged, rinsed, and dried before replacing in the hood.
About the Author: James Mahoney is the author of many kitchen design articles and has a site about kitchen design ideas at Kitchen Designers Ideas.com.
He also publishes a newsletter on kitchen design.