Monthly Archives: June 2017

What’s Your Range Hood Style

june 30

If you’ve ever been in the kitchen of an older home, you’ll notice that either there is no range hood or the range hood that is there is an under-the-cabinet type. In other words, range hoods from years past (if they were there at all) weren’t much to look at.

Now, however, kitchen designers and other artists have begun to see this necessary kitchen appliance as an open canvas. That’s a great development on the one hand. On the other hand, it can present a bit of a dilemma. You suddenly have tremendous choice when it comes time to pick out a range hood for your kitchen.

Here’s what our experts suggest:

Choosing the right range hood can be like selecting the right outfit; it’s a matter of personal preference and style. Your kitchen ventilation range hood will likely be one of the focal points in your kitchen, making it one of the important design elements. When deciding on a design, take several things into consideration, including whether the rest of your home is traditional, contemporary or even rustic. The best shape for the hood’s performance is the pyramid shape hood, as it helps with the suction.

Here’s where you can get even more tips:

Stylish Kitchens – Chimney Style Range Hoods

Unique Range Hood Designs – Metal

The Island Range Hood

Pros And Cons: Stainless Steel Range Hoods

Which range hoods do you love?

Pro Tip: Depth Matters

june 28

If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you’ll know that the size of the range hood really does matter. It affects both the air quality inside your home and how well it vents all of those cooking odors, grease splatters, steam, and fumes. The depth of the range hood is as important as the width.

We know, deep range hoods just make bumping your head on the corner that much more likely! But, there’s a very good reason why your kitchen’s range hood must extend the whole depth of the stove.

Here’s what our experts suggest:

The depth of your range hood should ideally cover the cooking surface of your range from front to back. Our regular hoods are usually 20″; standard PROFESSIONAL wall vent models range from 24 to 27 inches deep, depending on cooking surface requirements, while our island models are a standard 27 inches depth.

The point of extending the range hood right to the edge of the stove is so that it can better suck up all of the steam and smoke that’s produced. If the range hood is not deep enough, and you’re boiling water on the front burner, you’ll see the majority of the steam produced head straight up to the ceiling. After a little while, that steam will discolor the ceiling paint, potentially cause the paint to peel, and damage the drywall underneath the paint.

Want to know more? Read: 3 Tips On Choosing The Range Hood For Your Gas Stove

Have questions about how to choose the right size range hood for your kitchen and stove? Give us a call. We love hearing from you!

How To Choose The Right Sized Range Hood For Your Kitchen

june 26

You might have thought that you already have enough on your plate trying to choose the right color and style of range hood for your kitchen. But, I’m about to complicate it a bit.

You also need to consider the size of the stove vis-à-vis the size of range hood. Very simply put, a range hood that’s smaller than the stove will not be very effective at venting all the grease, odor, smoke, steam, and fumes that cooking produces. A range hood that’s too large for the stove will be too effective at doing its job. In other words, it will waste more energy than is necessary, which may end up costing you more on your energy bill. You’ll also pay much more for a larger range hood than a smaller one. All that extra money you’re spending is basically wasted if you end up with a range hood that’s just not right for your kitchen.

So, keep these tips in mind.

Fan Size

At a minimum, don’t look at any range hood that has less than 300 CFM (What is CFM?) for an average 36-inch wide stove. Even with an electric stove, that amount of fan size just won’t be enough for average use. Look for a minimum of 750 CFM for an average 36-inch wide stove. So, the wider the stove, the wider the range hood. Also consider whether you’re cooking with electric or gas. Gas will produce more fumes than electric, and so you’ll need a hood fan that’s powerful enough to expel those fumes to the outdoors.

Room Size

The ultimate reason for having a range hood at all is to ensure the purest indoor air possible. All of our appliances, not just the stove, give off fumes, odors, steam … you name it. Allowing that polluted air to remain inside our homes can, in the long run, affect our health. So, consider how large your kitchen is when shopping for a range hood. Just like any air purifier, you’ll want a range hood that can circulate and exchange the air in the kitchen every 5 minutes or so.

Ductwork Size

Just because all or most of the ductwork sits unseen behind walls does not mean you don’t have to think about it. Consider how many times that ductwork must twist and turn before it meets the outside wall of your home. Consider also the diameter of that ductwork. The further the ductwork has to travel between the range hood and the outside wall, the larger in diameter it should be. Also, more powerful range hoods require larger ductwork.

One Further Tip

Here’s what our experts suggest:

The ideal width of your range hood should be six inches wider than your cooking surface (overhanging by three inches on either side). Having the range hood wider than the range allows for additional capture area, which allows for more efficient ventilation. Where space is restricted, the hood should be no less than the width of the cooking surface. Island units are a bit less forgiving than wall mounted units, and they require the additional 6 inches of capture area due to drafts within the room. Abiding by these recommendations will ensure optimal performance from your range hood.

If you’re not sure how to put all this information together, give us a call. We love hearing from you! You can also ask a contractor who has experience installing range hoods.

How To Match A Range Hood With Ductwork

Photo: Pinterest

Take a look at this picture. That sure is one very large piece of ductwork that leads from the over-size range hood to the outdoors! The professional range hood look really fits this kitchen nicely, doesn’t it? But, it does make us want to talk about something that’s very important when choosing a range hood – the size of the ductwork.

I know, it doesn’t sound like the most interesting topic in kitchen design. But, let me tell you, it is absolutely one of the most important.

Here’s what our in-house experts suggest:

For maximum performance, keep the duct straight and short. Use the shortest route with the fewest turns possible. 45° turns are better than 90° turns. Be sure to use an external roof or wall cap. If in doubt, consult a qualified designer/installer who is knowledgeable in ventilation or contact us.

The main issue is that different range hood sizes require different duct sizes in order to work properly. Before shopping for range hoods, take a look at the ductwork that leads to your existing range hood. Is it 6-inches in diameter, 8-inches, or larger? Make a note of that measurement. You’re going to need to match it to your new range hood … unless you’re planning on renovating. Then, the sky’s the limit!

Q & A: Should I Opt For An External Or Internal Blower?

Photo: Range Hoods Inc

Most of us look at photos of range hoods and consider the shape and size of each. Ultimately, we want to know if the range hood we like is also going to be the one that looks best in our kitchen. It needs to fit in terms of style, color, and function.

Let’s take a look at that last one for a moment – function.

Before you plunk down your money for a brand new range hood, you need to mull over some important considerations. Think about how often you cook, and the kinds of dishes you regularly cook. If you tend to make food that produces pungent aromas or is heavy in grease splatter, you’re going to have to choose a range hood that can handle that kind of output. A range hood that fails to vent odors, grease, smoke, and fumes from the kitchen to the outdoors is just not going to give you the kind of home environment you probably want. It won’t improve your home’s indoor air quality. In fact, it could make it worse.

So, once you’ve narrowed down your option, you’ll need to consider one more thing. Should you opt for a range hood with an internal blower or one with an external blower?

Internal Blowers

Internal blowers are located right in the range hood. They suck up all those bad odors, grease droplets, smoke, and potentially toxic fumes and send it all flowing through the ductwork to the outdoors. The drawback of a blower built directly into the range hood is that the noise level can sometimes be quite loud. Internal blowers are the best option if the ductwork has restrictions or many bends.

External Blowers

External blowers, as the name suggests, are actually mounted on the outside of the house. These may not be very practical in very cold climates where they’re likely to be subjected to ice and snow for part of the year. But, elsewhere, they make a lot of sense. These units still require you to install a hood over the stove. But, the fan is not built into it. Because the blower is located outside of the home, fan noise is reduced significantly. External blowers can be much more efficient at their job. Pulling all of that odor and smoke laden air out of the house is much easier than pushing it.

Got questions? Give us a call. We’d love to help!

 

Give Dad A Tasty Treat For Father’s Day

june 16

C’mon, nothing says I love you like a good meal, right?

This Father’s Day, treat dad to a very yummy meal. Switch on the range hood and play dad’s favorite music. This Pan Roasted Veal recipe is easy to pull together, and it will infuse your home with the most amazing aromas! Pair it with a side of your dad’s favorite vegetables and his favorite wine or beer.

Pan Roasted Veal

  • 4 lbs boned veal shoulder
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken or veal stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Rub rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper over the veal roast.
  2. Heat oil in a deep pan or pot. Brown the veal.
  3. Add wine, stock, and water. Cover and bring to a simmer.
  4. Cook on the stovetop for 1 1/2 hours, or until veal is cooked through. Turn veal periodically.
  5. Once cooked, remove veal from the pan, tent it with foil, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid remaining in the pan into a clean pan. Bring to a simmer, uncovered, and reduce to 2/3 cup. Slice veal and serve with pan juices.

Try Pineapple Habanero Paletas for dessert.

Enjoy!

How To Clean A Range Hood Properly

Photo: Thermador

Does the thought of cleaning the range hood make you break out in a cold sweat? All that grease that’s accumulated on the filter, and all the dust that’s stuck to the surface of the hood … just the thought of scrubbing it away might make you turn and run in the other direction!

It really doesn’t have to be that scary. Let’s take it one part at a time.

The top of the range hood attracts dust, splatter, and all manner of grime because of the heat that the stove produces. In other words, if all that gunk is going to stick to anything, it will stick to the range hood. We’ve already listed some products we like, and some tips on how to take your hood from grimy to sparkling.

Here’s the advice that Range Hoods Inc gives:

Stainless steel range hoods should be washed regularly with a clean cloth, warm water and a mild soap or dish detergent. Clean in the direction of the polish lines. Rinse well with clear water, and wipe dry immediately. You may wish to apply light oil used for furniture polishing to emphasize the range hood’s bright finish.

But, what about that sticky, greasy filter? Some filters can be washed in the dishwasher. So, that it makes easy, right? Run the filter through a cycle about once per month depending on how often you cook. If you own a dishwasher with a particularly powerful spray, you shouldn’t place a mesh filter through a cycle. The jet spray could damage the filter. If that describes your situation, you’ll need to handwash the filter.

 

How To Install A Range Hood

Photo: This Old House

When you’ve hired a professional to come into your home to fix or install something, do you hang around and watch them work? I have to admit I do. Even if I know absolutely nothing about how to fix or install that object, I make sure I’m around to answer any questions they may have and also to ask questions.

Whether or not you know your way around a toolbox, I would suggest that it’s a good idea to know a little about how that pro might go about fixing or installing whatever the object is. Big appliances and fixtures, like a range hood, definitely fall into that category. Something as vital to your home’s air quality, like a range hood, should be installed correctly.

Here’s what Range Hoods Inc recommends:

Range hoods are very heavy and must be well-fastened to the wall studs. Do not hang a range hood on the drywall or plaster alone. Use the stud locator to find the studs and make marks for the screws. Use the drill bit (smaller than the screw shaft) and pre-drill the screw holes. Don’t use a drill bit that is too large; this could cause the range hood to pull away from the wall and this could result in injury.

Watch this video courtesy of This Old House on how to do it properly.

Color Your Kitchen Beautiful

june 8

Some of us love white. Some of us love color. But, there’s no reason all of us can’t have the kitchens we really want.

Painting is one of the quickest, economical, and easiest ways to update and upgrade the look and feel of your kitchen. The questions isn’t whether or not you should paint. The question is what color you should choose.

So, I thought I’d put together some fun color combinations that typically work very well. Let me know which ones you think are the best.

Blue and orange work really well together. If you’re not sure you can handle that much color early in the morning, you can choose a muted blue and orange.

Photo: bhg.com

Purple and gray give a kitchen that elegant look with a touch of wild abandon. Remember you can alter the amount of each color. Make the room mostly purple with some gray accents, or vice versa. Don’t you think that’s a gorgeous range hood?

Photo: Designing Idea

Brown and green might not be the combination that comes readily to mind. The beauty is that you can lighten or darken the colors as much as you’d like.

Photo: lushome

What are your favorite kitchen color combinations? Let us know! Read more about how to choose the right kitchen color.

Summer 2017 Kitchen Trends

june 6

The kitchen is such an amazing place. It has evolved so much in the last 200 years alone. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that the heart of the home has come full circle.

I’m thinking of the old farmhouse kitchen of more than a century ago. In it, a whole family would have cooked their meals, mended their clothes, enjoyed conversations, and kept warm by the fire. With the rise of cities and smaller homes through the last century, families necessarily had to move out of their kitchens. Moms worked alone to prepare the meals. But, other than that ongoing task, every other chore or family time was spent in some other part of the house.

Well, here we are again. It’s 2017, and the kitchen has returned to its status as the heart of the home. Most of us, even if our kitchens are small, try to maximize the space so that it’s multi-functional. Looking forward to the summer of 2017, kitchen design trends seem to be reinforcing that way of thinking.

Maximize the work space.

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Nowadays, we think nothing of knocking down a few walls and expanding the kitchen. Add in an island or extra long counter space and what was once small and cramped is now an expansive work space. Keep an eye out for super efficient technology for the kitchen, too. Whether it’s an extra faucet near the stove or a smart fridge, the trend toward work spaces that make better use of time are on their way.

Task lighting.

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The old central light fixture placed somewhere in the ceiling of the kitchen is long gone. But, kitchen lighting is till evolving. For a while, we had track lighting set in rows along the ceiling. Then, track lighting morphed into pot lights. It was the same kind of thing … without the tracks. Pot lights have a cleaner look, and they can be directed to wherever you want to light to shine. We’ve moved even further along though. We still love our pot lights for overall brightness. But, now we’re adding task lighting. Sometimes that’s a simple chandelier over the eating area. Sometimes it’s a series of pendant lights over an island. We’re also seeing lighting under the cabinets meant to direct the right amount of light onto the countertop.

I have that sinking feeling.

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The sink is the thing! We can still find lots of stainless steel sinks. But, that once neglected area of the kitchen is coming into its own. Now, you can choose between ceramic sinks, concrete sinks, copper sinks … there are probably sinks made from nearly any material. Even plain old stainless steel sinks are no longer plain and simple. They come with different sized receptacles, covers, and accessories of all kinds.

What trend would you like to see continue? Want to know what trends are coming for the rest of the kitchen? Check out: 2017 Kitchen Appliance Trends.

Got questions? Give us a call! We love talking with you.