Category Archives: Filters for Range Hoods

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

How To Install A Ductless Range Hood

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This one’s for all of you out there who love DIY projects. Although we always recommend that you hire the right professionals to do the work for you or to help you out, there’s no reason you can’t install a range hood yourself. You’re going to need to know your way around working with drywall and electrical wiring.

Check out this great video, and contact us if you have any questions!

How To Clean The Range Hood Filter


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 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.

How To Install The Cavaliere Euro Professional Series Range Hood

Oct. 2

The Cavaliere Euro AP238-PSF Professional Series Range Hood is a sleek and beautiful stainless steel range hood that brings a touch of modern style to any kitchen decor. Whether you love DIY projects or just want to be informed, check out our installation video below!

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!


This Is The Best Type Of Filter For Your Range Hood

August 7

There are really just two types of range hoods. There are chimney-style range hoods and filter-style range hoods.

The chimney-style range hoods do not require any sort of filter. They come with fans and plates that absorb steam, grease and odor and whisk it all away. However, that’s not to say that chimney-style range hoods never need to be cleaned. They do. Which pieces detach for easy cleaning depends entirely on the specific model. If you have a chimney-style range hood, consult your owner’s manual or contact our Support Team for help.

Filter-style range hoods do, as the description suggests, require a filter. There are particular kinds of filters that fit each range hood. But you don’t need to worry about choosing incorrectly. The right filters come with your range hood when you buy it. Some models use aluminum mesh filters while other models use stainless steel baffle filters. In each case, the filters are quick and easy to clean, and clear instructions are included in the owner’s manual.

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

Q&A: What Is A Charcoal Filter

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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.

How To Clean A Range Hood Properly

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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.


Do This If You Don’t Have A Range Hood

April 25

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.