Category Archives: Cleaning the Kitchen

Keeping the kitchen clean is a big task, but it can become easier with some tips and tricks you will learn in these articles.

How To Clean The Range Hood Filter

Photo: Build.com

The range hood does wonders when it comes to helping you maintain a healthy home. It’s purpose is to draw up all of the smoke, fumes, grease, and odors that are normally produced every time we cook. It then exhausts all of that stuff to the outdoors where it can dissipate safely. If those by-products stayed in our homes, the indoor air we breathe would become potentially toxic. The paint and other types of surface materials would also discolor and become damaged over time.

So, other than making sure that you purchase the best range hood that suits your cooking habits and lifestyle, you should also make sure that the range hood filters are cleaned regularly.

Check out this video (courtesy of Build.com) that takes you through a step-by-step mesh filter cleaning.

 

Featured Product: Rangemaster RM51000 Wall Mount Hood

Broan Rangemaster RM1000 Wall Mount

Sometimes you just need your range hood to be so much more than a powerful cleaning machine. If you weren’t sure before why we bother to install a range hood in the kitchen, you need to know that the purpose of a range hood is to ensure pristine indoor air quality. It does that by drawing up all the smoke, grease, odor, and fumes that are produced every time we cook. For best results, remember to turn on the range hood fan about 15 minutes before you start cooking, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’ve finished cooking.

Beyond it’s ability to keep the air we breathe clean and healthy, a range hood acts as a beautiful focal point. This Broan Rangemaster RM1000 Wall Mount is no exception.

Check out its features:

  • 370 CFM, 7.0 Sones
  • 22 gauge stainless steel, #4 brushed construction with seamless corners
  • 3-speed slide control
  • 2, 20-watt halogen lamps
  • Dishwasher-safe aluminum filters with quick-release latch
  • Vertical or non-ducted options
  • Telescopic chimney for ceilings up to 10 feet tall
  • Sleek, graceful design

Want to know more? Contact us here.

Monthly Pick – Wall-Mounted Range Hoods

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Take a walk down the aisle of any kitchen hardware store and you can be easily overwhelmed by the array of choice you have when it comes to range hoods. Do you choose an island range hood, a wall mounted one, or an under-the-cabinet model?

Unless you’re working with very specific kitchen measurements, you could really go with any. Every range hood is designed to draw up smoke, fumes, grease, and odors and exhaust them outside. If you’re kitchen doesn’t allow for an island or an island range hood, then a wall mounted unit is a great choice.

All wall mounted range hoods come in a variety of sizes and styles. They’re made from brushed stainless steel so they won’t show fingerprints! Stainless steel is very easy to keep clean and will last a very, very long time. If your kitchen features an extra tall ceiling, you’ll be able to purchase a chimney extension. Some range hood styles even come with an extension as part of the whole package.

Just check with our Support Team to make sure you’ve chosen the right one for your kitchen.

Featured Product: Under Mount Double Bowl Square Kitchen Sink

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This under mount double bowl square kitchen sink is the perfect do-it-all kitchen helper.

Think about how much thought you really give your kitchen sink. Probably not very much, right? Well, you won’t need to give this one much thought either. Because it’s installed under the countertop, it looks clean and integrated into the kitchen decor. The double bowl offers more functionality than a regular sink without taking up too much more counter space.

Unlike nearly any other sink material, like stone, stainless steel is super easy to clean. It won’t show scratches and certainly won’t crack (under normal use, of course!). The brushed steel works with both traditional and modern kitchen decor.

Wondering if this is the right sink for your kitchen? Give us a call! We love hearing from you.

 

Monthly Pick – Stone Sinks

Photo: Sonoma Cast Stone

So, you’ve bought a gorgeous range hood, added stylish chandeliers, and the right kitchen flooring for your needs. What’s left? How about really kicking up the style temperature by opting for something truly unique?

Photo: Signature Hardware

Most kitchen sinks are made from stainless steel. But, there’s a growing trend toward natural stone. Marble and granite have been around for awhile. And they still are as gorgeous and as popular as ever. But, other types of stone have entered the market now.

Photo: Vigo

Look for petrified wood, soapstone, limestone, or travertine. The key is to reinforce the kitchen cabinets and countertops before installing the stone sink. These fixtures can weight up to 300 lbs! Maintenance will be an ongoing task, too. You’ll have to reseal your stone sink every 3 months or so. The biggest benefit of a stone sink, beyond its wow factor, is that it will last hundreds of years if cared for properly.

Monthly Pick – Range Hood Myths Debunked

oct. 16

How much thought do you really give your range hood? I mean, beyond how beautiful it looks, and how stylish it is, and how well it fits with your kitchen decor.

How much thought do you give to how well it works? Don’t feel bad if you’re answer is none at all. You’re not alone. A lot of people don’t spend very much time thinking about how well their range hoods work. In fact, a lot of people out there might have the wrong idea about why they need a range hood in the kitchen at all.

So, here are the three most common myths about range hoods debunked…

Opening a window provides enough ventilation. Actually, no. You’d need a pretty strong breeze to blow through the kitchen to displace any smoke, odors, and fumes that are accumulating as a natural part of cooking. And let’s not even talk about the grease. The problem with a breeze is that it’s not consistent enough to eliminate all those toxins. Beyond that, a breeze is likely to push those toxins through to other parts of your home instead of exhausting them to the outdoors.

The best range hoods fans are the most expensive. Not true. Don’t judge the quality of a range hood by its price. Instead, consider what type of stove you use (gas or electric), how much you tend to cook in the course of a week, and the type of cooking you do (frying, grilling, etc). For help deciding how to choose the best range hood for your home, give us a call!

Range hood fans are too noisy. Some can be very noisy. If noise is a concern for you, there are quiet fans that are also very powerful. Speak to a knowledgeable agent to determine which model suits your needs best.

Pro Tip: Cleaning An Aluminum Mesh Range Hood Filter

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Range hoods vary in look, color, style, shape, and size. Did you know that they also vary in the type of filter the use?

Some filters come with a baffle filter. Others are designed with mesh. Others still have charcoal filters. If yours is a mesh style, don’t panic. Keeping the filter clean is actually really easy.

The aluminum mesh grease filters should be washed in your dishwasher approximately every month, depending on the amount of usage. However, some dishwashers have increased pressure, so hand washing is recommended.

Not sure what kind of filter your range hood has? No problem. Note your range hood’s model name and number and give us a call. We’ll help you out!

Featured Product: Imperial 1936D 36″ Under Cabinet Range Hood

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We love the Imperial 1936D 36 inch Under The Cabinet range hood! Not every kitchen is able to accommodate an island range hood or even one that spotlights a stylish chimney. Sometimes, the key to stunning kitchen design is to opt for understated elegance.

Today’s featured range hood fits the bill.

This Imperial Under The Cabinet range hood comes in white or black powder coat, and features a mesh filter. This is a mighty range hood when set over an electric stove and situated in a small kitchen. Here’s why:

  • 7 inch vent size
  • 6 inches high, 18 inches deep
  • 1 – 40 watt halogen light bulb
  • 2-speed fan
  • 1.5 (low) to 4.6 (high) sones

Wondering if it will be perfect for your kitchen? Give us a call. We’ll help you work it out!

 

Converting A Ducted To Ductless Range Hood

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Depending on the shape and size of your kitchen, you might find yourself considering whether or not you need a ducted or ductless range hood.

Buyers can often be concerned about how much space a chimney-style range hood might take up. In small to medium-sized kitchens, every bit of space counts, and an interior designer or general contractor can help homeowners figure out the best way to make use of space.

But, it really is a good idea to install a range hood in even the tightest space. Range hoods absorb odors, steam and grease that would otherwise end up on the walls and ceiling of the kitchen. That just makes more work for the homeowner who has to turn around and regularly deep clean the kitchen. No one wants to do that, right?

Apart from space considerations, many homeowners really like the idea of using a ductless recirculating system because it comes with a secondary charcoal filter that allows for extra air filtration. If you’ve fallen in love with a particular range hood model, but you’d prefer a ductless system, I encourage you to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales staff or call our Support Team. We do have some models that come with the option of converting the ducting. We’d love to help you choose the right one.

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

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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!