A Range or Vent Hood is essential in maintaining the odours lingering in the kitchen. Many herbs and spices have properties that last long after the meal is over. Ensure your kitchen and home continues to smell fresh by eliminating the casualties of great cooking. Food, grease, smoke, and spices should not ruin the aroma of your house. Though, there are many different types of range hoods, the current design of your kitchen, as well as the duct system, will be the key factors in determining what type of range hood you can install in your home. Unless, of course, you are planning to remodel. Find the right type that fits your needs.
Standard Over Range– This style of hood is gracefully installed over the range or cooktop. The options both include under-cabinet and/or wall mounted hoods without cabinets. Accessorized with a fan and a light, this style is very popular.
Micro-Hood Range- This hybrid style has a microwave oven and range hood encompassed in one unit. Its installed over a range or cooktop and the vent is located at the bottom of the microwave; able to diffuse smells and rising hot air away from the range or cooktop.
Built-in Over Range– The built in hood has a sleek look because its hidden inside a cabinet. Normally, very little of the hood is exposed under the cabinet and the controls are found on a slide-out panel. If you’re attempting to execute a kitchen without numerous appliances being the focal point, this is your best option.
Behind Cooktop- This type is very modern; the hood is located behind the cooktop and lifts upward when it is needed. Due to its close location adjacent to the cooktop, the fan pulls the smoke and hot air into the exhaust, filters it, and then expels the unwanted matter outside.
Size & Style
In regards to size, its best practice to make sure your Range Hood is at least the width of your cooktop or Range. Know what size to look for by measuring your cooking surface. Usually, when deciding on the appropriate style of Range Hood, the location of other appliances and cabinets help determine what should be installed.
Under-Cabinet Hoods- Enjoy extra storage by installing this hood under the cabinets. Most homes are ready to accommodate this style because they have shorter cabinets above the stove. This is the most affordable style of hood and usually has pre existing ventilation. Always ensure your hood has enough clearance from the stove.
Wall-Chimney Hoods– This style of hood is very fashionable; installed when there are no cabinets; the exposed hood adds flair to any kitchen. Wall-chimney hoods are very noticeable and can help form decor but are usually more expensive than under-cabinet hoods.
Island Hoods– Conveniently located above a kitchen island stovetop, this style is fabulous at eliminating fumes from the kitchen. The Hood is mounted beneath the ceiling and connected to the vent above. Not surprisingly, this style is a focal point in any room because it is suspended without the constraint of walls and/or cabinets.
External– This type is most proficient but is more labour intensive. The hood vents air externally by installing the unit to your ductwork. Air should never be vented into the above attic or crawlspace. This method is most effective at eliminating unwanted scents and fumes.
Re-circulating– This hood is unattached to any venting system; the heat, smoke, and odours become swept away from your cooking area, then become re-circulated back into the kitchen. Though this type has a filter, this cycle is not as effective as the external ventilation system.
Downdraft– Commonly used when ductwork is not possible, this hood pushes air downward to a return air system. It is very simple and practical but not as reliable as the external ventilation hoods.
Convertible- This hybrid option combines the best of both worlds; it attaches to the external ventilation system and also has the option to re-circulate air through the filter. This hood is perfect if you are unsure of your homes venting system, planning to take the item with you when you move, or looking to remodel in the future!