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Range Hood Height Above the Range

Installing a kitchen range hood is crucial for ventilating the air in an enclosed kitchen. Range hood height should also be taken into consideration in the design of the kitchen. First of all, it’s important to make sure the range hood is going to fit in the space. Secondly, the range hood will provide the best ventilation possible if it is installed properly and at the correct height above the range.

“Range hood height” describes the distance between the range (the cooking surface) and the bottom of the range hood. The best way to determine range hood height is to check the manual that comes with the range hood. The manual should include instructions for installation of the range hood as well as the specifications of the range hood.

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Cavaliere-Euro SV218F-36 36″ Wall Mount Range Hood

The distance between the range hood and the cooking surface may also differ depending on what type of range hood. Generally, the average range hood height is 26 inches to 36 inches above the cooking surface. Wall mount range hoods are commonly installed 30 inches away from the range, while under cabinet range hoods are installed between 21 inches and 27 inches away from the range. Again, always check the manual for your specific range hood for the exact mounting height you need to install it at or have it installed at.

There are cases in which a homeowner may want to install the range hood farther away from the cooking surface than is recommended. This may be because the homeowner is a tall person and wants to be more comfortable while cooking. You wouldn’t want your head hitting the range hood, would you?

To overcome this, a more powerful range hood can be installed. A higher CFM (cubic feet per minute) rating will help compensate for the greater distance between the range hood and the range. (Remember, CFM describes the power of the range hood and how much air it can move per minute.) The distance has to be compensated for in some way to ensure the ventilation is still the same quality.

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Kitchen range hoods ventilate the kitchen air of grease, smoke, odors, smells, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Without the range hood, grease would build up on the range, the cabinets and the surrounding kitchen décor. Smoke could set off the smoke detector, and odors can make the kitchen an unpleasant place to spend your time. Turning on the kitchen range hood will help diminish these problems. Not to mention, proper ventilation will also making breathing in the kitchen easier! Call Range Hoods Inc at 800-914-9775 for assistance or if you have more questions about range hood height and available range hood models.

Ducted Vs. Ductless Range Hoods Infographic

What is the difference between ducted and ductless range hoods on Range Hoods Inc?

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A common question when it comes to kitchen ventilation is: What’s the difference between a ducted range hood and a ductless range hood? The answer is simple; a ducted range hood ventilates air to the outside of the home, while a ductless range hood filters the air and re-circulates it.

Ducted Range Hood:This range hood ventilates grease, smoke, odors and heat out of the kitchen and outside of the dwelling via ductwork.

  • Ductwork goes through the wall or the ceiling.
  • Ductwork is hidden inside of a kitchen cabinet or a decorative chimney on the range hood
  • Uses aluminum grease filters or baffle filters to remove grease from the air; many of these filters are dishwasher-friendly as well
  • Most effective choice for kitchen ventilation
  • Also known as a “vented range hood”
  • Some ducted range hoods can be converted to a ductless option with a ductless venting kit; these kits come with a stainless steel air-diverter and charcoal filters

Ductless Range Hood: This venting mode does not use ductwork. The range hood uses a charcoal filter to filter the air, which is then re-circulated back into the kitchen.

  • Uses charcoal filters to filter the air in the kitchen; they are discarded every 3 to 6 months and replaced with new ones
  • This ventilation method is less effective than a ducted range hood; it is better than having no range hood at all
  • Do not require ductwork, which can be costly to install
  • Good for apartment dwellings, in which ductwork cannot be installed
  • Also known as a “ventless range hood” or a “re-circulating range hood”

Without either type of range hood, indoor air pollution collects in the kitchen, especially during heavy duty cooking and frying of foods. Use a range hood whenever you are cooking in an enclosed kitchen; the range hood will keep the home a healthy space.

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Small Kitchen Ideas

In many homes, especially older homes, you may not be able to make the kitchen bigger. However, you can do the best with what you have and make the kitchen feel larger. There are some tactics for making the most out of a small kitchen. Having a small kitchen will not limit you in terms of style or functionality; you just have to be creative enough to make the space work. While brainstorming ideas, you may also want to review our blog post DIY Kitchen Projects, which includes ideas for DIY storage space in kitchens. These projects will help de-clutter small kitchens and give you more space to work with.

Minimal Construction Ideas

As a rule of thumb, the less construction you have to do to make your space work, the better. Less construction means less money spent on costly changes and the ability to make faster changes, so you can start enjoying your new and improved kitchen. The following are some minimal construction ideas you may want to take into consideration for your small kitchen. These projects won’t take as long as a full kitchen remodel.

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Create more space in your kitchen by knocking out walls in-between the kitchen and the living room space. Open kitchens are currently the hot trend; they make it possible for people in the kitchen to socialize with those in the living room and other areas of the home. Also, knock out doors that close off the kitchen from the rest of the home. Placing archways between the kitchen and living room is another trend in open kitchens, which creates a “wow” factor.

As you’re redesigning the layout of your kitchen, think about moving the kitchen sink to a corner. This position takes up less counter space, which you will then be able to use for food preparation.

If possible, replace kitchen counter tops for larger ones that give you more space for preparing food. The additional counter space will cut down on hassle and frustration you may feel during your cooking routine if you don’t have enough room to work.

Accessories and Furniture

If you don’t have one already, a kitchen island (even a narrow one) can add more functionality to a small kitchen. It adds a place to sit while eating or socializing. It can also be used for storage and as additional prep space.

Kitchen carts that roll around can be a great addition to a small kitchen. They can also be rolled under another surface to create more room when not in use. For example, you can roll them under a counter top or roll against a wall.

You can instantly create more room to work in the kitchen by purchasing cutting boards and/or butcher blocks that go on top of the sink. This cuts back on the amount of counter space you are using while cooking. Slide out cutting boards that come out of kitchen cabinets are also a good space saver. Anything that can slide out when you need it, and slide out of sight when you don’t need it, will help you navigate your small kitchen.

On that note, do not forget dining room tables that can slide under the kitchen island. These are also economic on space. Make sure whatever tables you have are on casters, so they can easily be rolled around. Backless stools can also be pushed under a kitchen island when not in use. With a table on casters and stools on hand, you can pull out a complete dining area that can be hidden after your meal is over.

While choosing these kitchen accessories, choose items that are not bulky and that won’t take up too much precious space. For example, bar stools with narrow legs and small tables are easier to move around and won’t make the small space feel crowded. Remember, you are adding items to a space that is already small, and you don’t want to clutter it in the process.

Lastly, consider installing ceiling to floor cabinets. These will create an illusion that makes the ceilings look taller as they draw people’s eyes upwards towards the ceiling.

Chris Barrett found the tall 1860s Czech table, with beautifully turned legs at J.F. Chen. It works perfectly in a space that was "too small for a dining table and too big to have nothing," Barrett says, serving as both breakfast island and buffet for dining on the terrace outside the French doors.

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Lighting

Thoughtfully planning out or redesigning the lighting in your kitchen can also create the feeling of a bigger space. Install task lighting under your kitchen cabinets that will light up the counter tops. You can also install big windows that allow more natural light to come into the room. However, be careful not to block out this natural light with large window curtains.

National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Design Competition, small kitchen

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Storage Solutions

One of the best and easiest ways to open up space in a kitchen is to get rid of clutter and to install smarter storage solutions. One of these popular solutions is floating shelves. These look great on walls above the counter tops. With these shelves, you will be able to get a lot of items off of the counter.

Recessed shelving is another method for hiding away items. A third option is a pull out pantry that is flush against the wall when the doors are closed. You can also create additional storage on a small wall by adding magnets and racks. You can find magnets and racks that will not damage the wall; use them to hang pots and pans, kitchen utensils and spices. Alternatively, start a DIY project that repurposes an old door that you can hang your pots on. This will look chic and create smart storage.

I love the mix of materials and colours in this kitchen. The black rangehood works beautifully with the charcoal grout on the subway tiled splashback.

Photo credit: http://www.domainehome.com/kitchen-design-inspiration-spring-2014

Replacing cabinets with open shelves also creates the sense of additional space and depth in the room. Then use the open cabinets to display your favorite dishware, knick knacks and other décor. You can convert your kitchen cabinets into open shelves by removing the cabinet doors. Feel free to dress up your new open shelves with a fresh coat of paint.

Appliances

You may need to re-plan your kitchen design to allow for better traffic, which will allow you to develop a more efficient cooking routine. This may involve discarding some appliances and/or replacing appliances with smaller versions, if the budget allows you to do so. There are compact and small appliances on the market made specifically for small spaces. For example, replace your fridge with a smaller one if you can manage with less refrigerated space. Install an under cabinet microwave instead of placing one on the counter top. The appliances you keep or replace may depend upon your personal preferences and cooking routine.

 

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Design Elements

There are design elements that help make a kitchen feel wider and roomier. High contrast designs are popular right now in small kitchens to make the area more visually interesting and appealing. Additionally, diagonal floor tiles can be used to make the kitchen look bigger. Remember to place elements in the kitchen that encourage the viewer’s eye to move upward the walls; this will make the ceilings feel taller. An easy way to accomplish this is to design a backsplash with vertical lines going up the wall. Remember that repainting the walls and/or cabinets lighter colors can assist in creating the illusion of more space as well.

Don’t be afraid to go all out and make your small kitchen a glamorous one. A small kitchen is no better or worse than a medium or large kitchen. Your kitchen should reflect your tastes, personality and needs. All you have to do is come up with a game plan to make your small kitchen work for you.

 

What is a Range Hood CFM

A kitchen range hood is essential for ventilating the air in the kitchen during cooking. But how do you pick a kitchen range hood? There are so many specifications and facts at play while shopping for a range hood, including size, mounting type, speeds, lighting, filters, chimney, venting mode and CFM. So you can choose the right range hood for your kitchen and your situation, this blog covers the basics about CFM. For more information, please visit our previous post here: What CFM Do I Need in My Range Hood?

What is Range Hood CFM?

CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. This unit is used in ventilation, and it describes the volume of the airflow that the range hood unit can move every minute; to put it more simply, this is known as the power of the range hood. CFM is

Cavaliere-Euro SV218B2 Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood, 900 CFM

Cavaliere-Euro SV218B2 Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood, 900 CFM

 

Ways to Calculate Range Hood CFM

  1. BTUS: You can use the BTUs in your cooking range to determine how much CFM you need in your kitchen range hood. BTU stands for British Thermal Units and measures the energy the range gives off. For every 100 BTUs, you need 1 CFM. For example, if your range has 60,000 BTUs, you need a range hood with at least 600 CFM.
  2. Range Width: You can use the measurement of your cooking range to determine CFM. With wall mount range hoods, you need 100 CFM for every 12 inches of range width. With island range hoods, you need 150 CFM for every 12 inches of range width.
  3. Kitchen Volume: Calculate the volume of your kitchen by multiplying the square feet of the kitchen floor by the ceiling height in your kitchen. Divide this number by four and you get how much CFM you need.

Try these different methods to calculate CFM. If you get different numbers with each method, always go with the highest number for your CFM. If you need a high CFM, remember that professional style range hoods usually come with a higher CFM rating.

Other Reasons you May Need More CFM in your Range Hood

-How much do you cook? Do you not cook very often, or do you do a lot of heavy duty cooking and fry a lot of foods? If so, then you will need more CFM. The minimum recommendation for those who do a lot of cooking is at least 350 CFM.

-If noise level is an issue for you, you can purchase a range hood with a higher CFM rating and run it at the lower speed levels. It will have more power at the lower speed levels and make less noise.

-You may need more CFM if the ductwork connected to your range hood is long and takes a lot of turns.

-You may decide to mount your range hood at a height higher than what is recommended by the manufacturer. If so, you will need more CFM to make up for the extra distance from the cooking surface.

We hope this blog post has helped clear up some of the confusion about CFM. If you still have questions, feel free to call Range Hoods Inc at 1-800-914-9775. One of our staff members can answer your questions and help you choose the right kitchen range hood.