When most people think of air conditioning and ventilation, they think of keeping entire rooms cool. They may not consider individual appliances. However, certain appliances need cool air too. Your kitchen range is one of these. Grease, offensive odors, and heat can make cooking highly unpleasant. The right range hood fan will eliminate these issues.
Replacing Your Range Hood
How do you know if you need a new range hood and fan? Excessive heat is often the first sign. The top range shouldn’t be extremely hot when the oven is on. If the heat feels excessive compared to what you’re cooking, it probably is. Basic maintenance issues are another clue. If your range hood wobbles or you notice cracks or breaks, it’s time to buy a replacement. Finally, be particularly cognizant if you have a gas stove. If your eyes burn or water while you cook, replace your range and fan immediately to avoid permanent vision damage.
Crunch The Numbers
Before replacing a range hood, make sure it’s the right size. Hoods should be at least as wide as your cooktop; to be safe, they should be three inches longer per side. Read specified requirements for mounting height. If you still aren’t sure about size and width, ask for professional assistance.
Choosing The Right Hood
The type of hood you need depends on your kitchen style, what you cook on your stove, and many other factors. Each type has positive and negative components, so consider your choice carefully. Here are some things to consider when choosing a new hood:
- Under-cabinet hoods. As the name implies, these hoods mount to the undersides of kitchen cabinets above your range or cooktop. One specific type is a chimney hood, which uses a flue to move hot air from the kitchen. You’ll need to remove all cabinets above the range to install a chimney hood.
- Island hoods. These hoods are ideal if you have an island cooktop. They come in many materials and styles such as curved metal or glass canopies. They provide excellent ventilation.
- Insert hoods and power packs. Many homeowners find these attractive because they’re built directly into the cabinet or cooktop. This way, the range hood doesn’t take away from your kitchen’s décor. With a power pack, you can ventilate the kitchen as much as you want, which may diversify the type of cooking you can easily do. Speak with an Advent Air professional to learn about your many power pack options.
- Downdraft hoods. This is another type of hidden hood. They pull steam and smoke horizontally across your cooktop, preventing odors, eye irritation, and other annoyances. They also don’t require traditional installation, so the focus remains on kitchen décor. Finally, downdraft hoods may make it easier to see while cooking.
- Wall mount hoods. These mount to walls instead of kitchen cabinets, making it easier to access the ingredients and tools you need while cooking. They’re often easier to install because you don’t have to remove cabinets.
- Pro hoods. If you’re a professional or paraprofessional chef, you might want one of these. They have more power than a typical under-cabinet or other hood and support a variety of exhaust choices.
Need help choosing the right range hood? For assistance choosing the best range hood for you, contact Advent Air Conditioning Inc. or come in for a consultation.