Monthly Archives: July 2017

Q&A: How Loud Is A Range Hood Fan?

july 28

How loud a range hood fan can get is actually something that many people forget to consider when shopping for a new range hood. Many people end up choosing a range hood according to how it looks or according to price without factoring in how the fan sounds.

Not all range hoods are quiet, so it’s important to take the time to listen to each fan in the showroom. Even listening to the level of noise a fan makes might not be enough. Remember that the fan noise may seem low if you’re standing in a large store showroom. But, it may end up sounding quite loud within the confines of your small kitchen.

Fan noise is rated according to sones. You can expect a range hood fan to fall somewhere between .5 sone, which is similar to the sound of a refrigerator, and 7.0 sones, which is louder, but not so loud that the sound would prevent you from holding a conversation in the kitchen while cooking.

My best advice is to speak to a knowledgeable salesperson. Read the information that comes with the range hood fan you like before you make the purchase. Being as informed as possible before you install the unit will go a long way in making sure that you’re happy with your choice in the long run.

Give our Support Team a call if you have any other questions. We’re always happy to help!

The Color Of Beauty – Glass Range Hoods

july 26

Range hoods come in a variety of materials. Flipping through magazine images of kitchens, you might think that stainless steel is the only choice. In fact, glass is a very popular alternative to the look of stainless steel.

The glass that’s used to construct range hoods is actually a standard clear color. But it does have a slight green tint to it. It’s a high quality glass, so you don’t have to worry about accidental chips or cracks. The glass is built to withstand the high temperatures that rise up from the stovetop as well as the vibrations caused by the fan.

If your kitchen features a modern design, then glass is as appropriate as stainless steel. Glass is also particularly good in another situation. Most of us are living in homes equipped with small to medium-sized kitchens. A glass range is ideal in a smaller space. The fact that it’s at least partially see-through helps make the room look larger. So, if you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen, or if you’re already in the middle of a remodel, I definitely recommend considering installing a glass range hood.

Give our Support Team a call if you have any other questions. We love hearing from you!

Pro Tip: How To Hire The Right Person To Install A Range Hood

july 24

Are you an avid do-it-yourselfer? At first glance, I thought that installing a range hood would be fairly straightforward … until I glanced at the installation manual that came along with it. All those diagrams and measurements were just far enough beyond my (clearly) limited expertise that I had to concede defeat. There was no way that I would be installing my own range hood this time. But, if I’m not doing it, who should I hire instead?

Installing a range hood isn’t hard, but I wouldn’t classify it as a do-it-yourself job. It does require some knowledge of how to work with building materials, like drywall and electrical components.

My advice would be to hire a general contractor, an HVAC technician, or even a handyman to install it. Any of these tradespeople will have the skills to install a range hood quickly and cleanly. Also, as most tradespeople will tell you, things sometimes do go wrong. You might find that the space to accommodate the ductwork for the range hood might need to be altered a bit. In that case, you’ll need to have someone who knows how to cut and repair drywall or plaster properly.

Or, if a new range hood is being installed in an older home, a qualified technician will be there, on hand, to deal with any electrical wiring issues that might arise. Ultimately, make a point of asking the tradesperson if he or she has had experience installing range hoods, and ask for references if you can. A range hood is an important part of your kitchen. So, it’s best to make sure you hire someone who’s absolutely qualified to install it.

If you have any questions at any point before, during or after the installation, give our Support Team a call.

Q&A: Does My Kitchen Need “Make Up Air”?

july 20

Let me state right off the bat that this question is perhaps one of the most confusing for most people who are in the market for a new range hood.

It’s so easy to get drawn to all those big, beautiful range hoods lining the aisles in home improvement centers. Maybe one of those powerful, professional grade range hoods is exactly what you need. If you’ve opted for a large, industrial-sized stove, then you will most definitely require a large range hood.

Here’s what Range Hoods Inc suggests on the question of whether you need “make up” air or not with your new range hood:

When a range hood operates, it draws air from inside the house to the outside and creates or contributes to a slight vacuum in the house. The resulting negative pressure can be serious. If the negative pressure is strong enough, it can cause the furnace and other fuel-burning appliances to back-draft dangerous gases, such as CO, into the home. All exhaust fans, including clothes dryers, must have an adequate supply of air. The air needed for this purpose is called makeup air.

Although make up systems are not mandatory in all regions, some regions have created legislation to ensure make up air systems are installed, and it is important for homeowners to consult with local building codes. The installation of a ducted range hood allows air to be changed efficiently, which improves the quality of the environment in which you live.

Even if a makeup air system is not required or mandatory in a specific application, simply opening a window to the exterior can effectively assist in this process. This is something to consider in many of today air tight homes. Please check with your building inspector to determine whether or not you need a makeup air unit.

If you have any questions regarding your own specific range hood model, give us a call. We’re here to help!

Q&A: What Is A Charcoal Filter

Photo: Range Hoods Inc

This charcoal range hood filter looks simple enough, doesn’t it? It’s what’s behind that mesh cover that’s pretty exceptional.

Charcoal filters are, as the name suggests, filled with charcoal. The charcoal functions to filter out odor, grease, smoke, and fumes. They’re used in range hoods that do not vent to the outdoors. So, if you have a ductless range hood in your kitchen, then it will be equipped with a charcoal filter. Sometimes, installing ductwork that runs from the range hood in the kitchen to the outdoors is impossible. In that case, a good charcoal filter functions to clear the air. Microwave-range hood combinations often make use of a charcoal filter, too.

Although these filters help clear the air, they don’t have the drawing power that ducted range hoods have. They are not reusable or washable. So, every four months or so (depending on how much, what, and how you cook) the charcoal filter will need to be changed.

Read more about range hood filters here.

Q&A: Does The Duct Size Matter

july 14

Now, here’s one of those important questions that can get bog one down in numbers and measurements. The reason is because the ductwork that connect the range hood to the outdoors must be accurate.

If you pair ductwork that’s narrow in diameter with a big, industrial-sized range hood, you’ll immediately notice that your new range hood just doesn’t function like it’s supposed to.

Grease, odors, steam, and fumes will settle within on your kitchen’s walls and ceilings instead of being drawn up and out of your home. So, without getting too focused on numbers, let’s just say that the ductwork must match the size and power of the range hood.

Most range hoods require a 6” or 8″ opening to the outside. If you don’t have access to outside, you have to use our Ductless Recirculation Kit. Read the manufacturers recommendation before buying. If you choose a range hood that requires 8-inch ductwork, but your previous range hood only required 6-inch ductwork, you may find yourself embarking on a little, unexpected kitchen renovation.

Have questions about which size is right for your kitchen? Give us a call!

The Range Hood Warranty Is All About Peace Of Mind

july 12

Now that you’ve gone to all the effort of choosing the right range hood for your home, you’ll need to make sure it comes with a warranty.

Range Hoods Inc offers a 1 year limited parts warranty. That means that if you have the range hood installed only to find that it’s not working the way it’s supposed to (or not working at all!), the culprit might be one of the factory installed parts. If that happens to you, make sure you call support as soon as possible.

Having said that, I’m pretty sure that it’s safe to say the majority (if not all) of the range hoods purchased through Range Hoods Inc have not malfunctioned.

Have questions about coverage for your range hood? Give us a call!

All About Stainless Steel Range Hoods

july 10

For the longest time, stainless steel was relegated to restaurant kitchens. Long, stainless steel countertops punctuated by stainless steel stoves, refrigerators, and range hoods took whatever the chefs could throw at it. Scratches and dents were hardly visible. The cool, shiny surface remained sanitary and spotless.

The fact that stainless steel is hardworking, durable, and beautiful did not escape the eye of designers for long. Soon, stainless steel kitchen appliances were the trend. That was more than a decade ago, and the trend is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Beauty and strength, together…

The majority of range hoods that are manufactured are made using stainless steel. Take a walk through any store that sells range hoods and you’ll see that it is definitely the material of choice.

All stainless steels contain iron and a minimum of 10.5% chromium oxide (“CrO”) (other elements used to make stainless steel include nickel, nitrogen and molybdenum). The chromium in the steel is combined with oxygen to form a thin, invisible layer of chrome-containing oxide. This layer is only a few atoms thick due partially to the ability of the chromium atoms and oxide atoms to pack together tightly. This layer protects the steel underneath and has a unique self-healing ability. Should the layer become scratched or cut, the newly exposed steel will form another protective area with oxygen in the air. (www.rangehoodsinc.com)

Another boon? Stainless steel won’t rust … ever! It’s super easy to sanitize and clean, which is why restaurants love it. Their industry depends on preparing and serving food that’s fit for consumption. Why shouldn’t your own meals benefit from that extra level of clean?

Don’t worry if you drop coffee or blueberry juice onto the surface. Although stainless steel isn’t stain resistant, it does stain less than other types of steel. Remember, it’s very easy to clean. So, a quick wipe up is all you really need to do. Concerned about the environmental impact of the materials you use in your kitchen? Then you’ll love stainless steel. It’s earth friendly. It can be melted down, recycled and made into something else. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable.

Over 50% of new stainless steel is made from melted scrap metal, rendering it an eco-friendly material. It is important when purchasing any item that claims to be made of stainless steel to ask if the steel is completely stainless or if it is just top-level plating with a cheaper steel or metal underneath. (www.rangehoodsinc.com)

What type of stainless steel?

Although all stainless steel looks the same, there can actually be differences in its make-up that will effect how durable and long-lasting it will be.

A commonly used grade of stainless steel for range hoods and sinks is Type 430 (S43000). The basic alloy contains 11% chromium and 1% manganese. Grade 304 is the most common grade of stainless steel used in our industry. It has a minimum of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, combined with a maximum of 0.08% carbon. Grade 200 stainless steel alloy contains 17% chromium, 4% nickel and 7% manganese. (www.rangehoodsinc.com)

What does the gauge mean?

Gauge (or gage) sizes are numbers that indicate the thickness of a piece of sheet metal, with a higher number referring to a thinner sheet. The equivalent thicknesses differ for each gauge size standard, which were developed based on the weight of the sheet for a given material.

If you’re looking at a range hood, and you’re not sure of the quality of stainless steel, give us a call. We’ll help you figure it out.

 

Q&A – Can The Range Hood Vent Into The Attic?

July 6

One of the most common questions we receive is whether the range hood can be vented into the attic instead of through the roof or wall.

Well, there’s a very quick and easy response to that. Our tech experts have this to say on the topic:

No. You should never exhaust air into spaces within walls, ceilings, attics, crawl spaces or garages. The humidity and grease collect in the space and present a huge fire danger. This is especially important, and it is why we strongly recommend you have a professional installer do this type of installation.

If you just don’t have the room to carry the ductwork to the outdoors either through a wall at the side of your home or up through the roof, you should probably consider opting for a ductless range hood.

Learn more about them here:

What Are Ducted & Ductless Range Hoods?

Is This Range Hood Ducted or Ductless?

Ducted Vs Ductless Range Hoods Infographic

Have questions about how to choose or install a range hood? Give us a call. We’re more than happy to help.

Host A Last Minute 4th Of July Kitchen Party

4th of july kitchen party

Happy 4th of July!

Maybe you’re heading off to a fun party with friends and family today. Or, maybe you’re not. Maybe you got a call early this morning asking you to be the host with the most this year. Fear not. You can most certainly host an amazing 4th of July party at your own home at the last minute.

Here’s how…

Fun & Games

Three-legged races and sack races are loads of fun for adults and children alike. Don’t have burlap backs? No worries. Pull a few pillow cases off your pillows and use those instead.

Pull out a few board games and pile them onto a table. Playing board games is a surprisingly fun activity, especially if you just need to sit for a bit after the three-legged and sack races!

Food

Yes, food might definitely be a problem if you weren’t expecting to host a party. But, we can help you out. Check out our Picnic Recipes For The 4th of July and 4th of July Recipes.

Don’t be shy about asking your guests to bring along some food and drink to share, too!

Decorations

If food might be scarce, 4th of July themed decorations might also be hard to find around your house. Maybe you’ve been accumulating decorations over the years. If not, and if you have some art supplies lying around, you can invite your guests to make some fantastic themed art. Give them paper, pencil crayons, glue, scissors, whatever you happen to have on hand. At the end of the night, they can take their creations home with them as a reminder of the fun they had at your spontaneous party.

How will you be celebrating?