Category Archives: Filters for Range Hoods

Range hood filters, including baffle filters, aluminum filters and charcoal filters, trap grease.

The Amazing Automatic Cleaning Reminder Function

jan. 30

Many of our range hoods have one feature (among many) that is really particularly exciting. That feature is the automatic cleaning reminder. Here’s how it works: every 30 days, the range hood will let you know that it’s time to clean the filter.

Range hoods work silently to draw up all the smoke, odors, steam, and all other potentially toxic fumes that are produced every time we fire up our stoves to cook. We remember to turn the range hood fan on about 15 minutes before cooking, and we remember to leave it running for about 15 minutes after we’re done cooking. But, do we remember to wash the filter regularly? Well, if you’re at all like me, the answer is probably not!

No worries, though. Most filters – whether they are baffle or mesh – can be placed in a dishwasher and put through a regular cleaning cycle. Easy, right?

Now, with the three automatic cleaning reminder function, there’s no reason to not maintain a perfectly clean range hood.

Contact us today to find out which range hood (with automatic cleaning reminder feature!) is best for your kitchen.

The Amazing Centrifugal Fan

jan. 8

Can’t picture what a centrifugal fan looks like? Just think of a whirligig or spinny wheel that some people place in their gardens and that spins when the wind blows. It’s basically a series of blades enclosed in a container inside a range hood. That’s why it’s called a fan wheel.

When the hood fan is turned on, the wheel spins. The spinning motion creates high pressure that draws air in. Centrifugal fans are typically found in more powerful range hoods because they need more power to operate properly. Centrifugal fans are particularly good at removing smoke, steam, grease, and odors from the kitchen.

Contact us if you want to find out what kind of fan is built into the range hood model you’ve chosen.

All About Automatic Shut-Off

jan. 2

Many range hoods come equipped with a heat sensor. This is a very handy feature, indeed. It allows you to concentrate on cooking, entertaining, and eating instead of trying to figure out how much grease, smoke, steam, or odor that cooking is producing.

The point is that if there is a lot of smoke, grease, steam, and odor being produced, you would have to stop whatever you’re doing and select a higher fan setting. Then, once you’ve finished cooking – and you’ve let the fan keep running for another 15 minutes or so – you would have to remember to go turn the range hood fan off. The heat sensor takes that responsibility off your shoulders.

But now, some range hoods can go one better.

Not only do they control the fan setting automatically as you cook, they even switch on and off automatically.

The heat sensor on these range hoods is programmed to activate, then de-activate, when the air reaches a particular temperature.

The fact that the range hood keeps the indoor air in our homes clean and fresh is great. The fact that it does that without us needing to worry about it at all is simply fabulous.

All About Range Hood Fan Speeds

dec. 27

We’ve been recommending that you turn on your range hood fan each and every time you cook. Turn it on at least 15 minutes before, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. But, do you know which fan speed you should be using?

The purpose of a range hood is to keep indoor air clean and fresh. The fan draws grease, smoke, smells, and steam up and out of your home reducing stains on paint and tiles, and improving the air you breathe.

The fan power you need depends entirely on what and how you’re cooking. Frying in oil or boiling a big pot of water will require a stronger draw, while keeping food warm in the oven will require a low setting. Because most of us use different methods of cooking, most range hoods come equipped with 2 to 6 speeds. Range hood manufacturers always have recommendations regarding which fan speed should be used for different kinds of cooking.

Better yet, opt for a range hood that features a heat sensor. These switch from low to high and back again according to temperature. So, you won’t ever have to wonder if you should be using a higher setting or not. The range hood will automatically monitor the temperature of the surrounding air. When the programmed temperature is reached, the range hood immediately switches to a higher fan setting. When the air cools, the range hood switches back to a lower fan setting. Neat, right? Yes, it is.

Contact us for more information about range hoods equipped with heat sensors.

Choosing Energy Efficient Kitchen Appliances

dec. 25

Energy conservation is more important now than it has ever been before. Most of us want to live in healthy homes. When we spend time outside, we want our environment to be as clean as possible.

The kitchen is one of the keys to a healthy home environment. Using the range hood fan every time you cook, bake, or roast goes a long way toward keeping the air in your home clean, fresh, and healthy.

The other key to a healthy home environment is to choose new appliances that are energy efficient. Most energy efficient appliances are marked as such. Sometimes, they bear the Energy Star logo. Sometimes, they’re identified in other ways.

In the end, energy efficient range hoods, refrigerators, stoves, and more save us money. They are less of a strain on the environment and on utility companies, and ultimately on the climate.

Contact us to find out which range hoods are the most energy efficient.

Favorite Feature – Change Filter Indicator Lights

dec. 13

The change filter indicator light is such a simple feature, yet so useful. It is, in fact, one of my favorite features of any range hood.

Our lives are so busy! Who wants to keep track of the last time the range hood filter was cleaned? You don’t, either. You would also have to keep track of how much and what kind of cooking you’ve been doing. Do you use the stove every day or most days? Do you cook with oil a lot? Probably more than you think!

I’m always surprised at how much grease my range hood draws up through that filter. It is so easy to forget about the vital task the range hood does to keep the air in our homes clean and fresh. That little change filter indicator light ensures that the filter is always clean and that the range hood lasts a lifetime.

Featured Product: Cavaliere-Euro Wall Mount Range Hood

dec. 11

Deciding which range hood to buy can be an exercise in confusion. There are so many to choose from! So, we thought we’d feature one of our favorites. The Cavaliere-Euro SV218B2 Wall Mount range hood is sleek, simple, and gorgeous. It’s also on sale! It comes with a chimney, so you don’t have to install cupboards above the range hood if you don’t want to. The edges are “folded” stainless steel. So, they make the range hood look both modern and traditional. In other words, it will look great no matter what your kitchen decor and style happens to be.

Check out the features:

  • 900 CFM centrifugal blower. Perfect amount of power for a gas range or for the avid cook.
  • Programmable power auto shut off. This little feature saves you from having to always remember to turn the fan on and off.
  • 30 hour cleaning reminder. By far, this is our favorite feature. Otherwise, months would go by before we remembered to wash the filter.
  • Dimmable halogen lights. For those times when you just want a little, ambient lighting.
  • Dishwasher-friendly filters. Dishwasher-friendly!

Check it out here. Contact us for more information.

Recipe Collection – Slow-Cooker Spiced Pot Roast

dec. 7

Is this the weekend that you head out to get your Christmas Tree? It is for us. Or maybe this is the weekend that you host your first holiday party. It will be for us, too. Whatever you may or may not be doing this weekend, your range hood is likely to get a good workout at some point over this holiday season.

So, just a quick reminder:

  • turn on the range hood fan at least 15 minutes before you start to cook;
  • leave it running at least 15 minutes after you finish cooking;
  • wash the range hood filter before you start cooking.

Once that’s all done, curl up with a scrumptious dish of Slow-Cooker Spiced Pot Roast!

Slow-Cooker Spiced Pot Roast

  • 1 bottle beer (preferably a dark ale)
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 boneless blade pot roast (about 3 lbs)
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water
  1. Combine beer, chili sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and jalapeño in a slow cooker.
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and thyme over the roast. Brown the roast all over in the hot pan. Place the roast in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or until meat is very tender.
  3. Remove the roast to a cutting board. Let rest for 15 minutes. Slice the roast or pull apart.
  4. Use a gravy separator or a spoon to remove the excess fat from the liquid remaining in the slow cooker.
  5. Pour gravy from the slow cooker into a pot. Stir cornstarch and water together until well combined. Whisk cornstarch into gravy and bring to a boil. Gravy should be just slightly thickened. If you’d like a thicker gravy consistency, double the amount of cornstarch and water.
  6. Serve pot roast along with warm rolls, coleslaw, and a green salad.

Enjoy! Find more recipes here.

How To Properly Use Your Range Hood

dec. 5

You’d think that a range hood is a pretty basic device to use … and it is. But there are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind each and every time you cook. Following these best practices ensures that your range hood stays in good working order for a long time. It also means that the air in your home remains as clean as possible.

Some basic best practices are:

  • wash the filter regularly
  • wipe grease and dust away from surfaces
  • turn the fan on at least 15 minutes before you start to cook
  • leave the fan running at least 15 minutes after you finish cooking

Watch the video (courtesy of Broan) for more tips:

How To Clean A Range Hood With A Baffle Filter

Photo: Martha Stewart | Youtube.com

Keeping your range hood looking great and functioning well is easier than you might think. Simply wipe the hood with a non-abrasive cleaner and pop the filter into the dishwasher. But, if you live without a dishwasher, or you just like to be hands-on, check out the video below and this video on how to clean a range hood with a baffle filter.