Talking about range hoods is loads of fun and all. I mean, really, who doesn’t love to ogle a beautifully crafted hood set perfectly over a gorgeous stove in a perfect kitchen? But, let’s get real.
Sometimes, kitchens just don’t come equipped with range hoods. You’ll see this particularly in older homes … really older homes. Before the 1950s, homes weren’t typically built with range hoods. Even through the ’50s and ’60s, you might walk into a home that doesn’t have one. Don’t forget, too, that if you’re renting an apartment, you might not have access to one.
So, what do you do if you’re living in a range hood-less home? Here are my best tips. If you’ve got any of your own, include them in the comments below!
In the meantime, you can dream about these great range hoods that incorporate the Internet of Things!
Open up. If you have a window in the kitchen (or at least one nearby) open it up. Even in the dead of winter, opening the window a crack can make a huge difference to your indoor air quality.
Bring in a substitute. Take a trip over to your local hardware or department store and buy the best HEPA air filter and purifier you can afford. The best ones typically have multiple power settings that will filter the air according to how much odor and fumes are present.
Small, but mighty. If your apartment is small enough, you can try switching on the bathroom fan. That bit of extra air circulation might be all you need to keep the kitchen odors, smoke, and fumes under control.