Category Archives: Indoor Air Pollution

Range hoods ventilate kitchens to decrease indoor air pollution caused by combustion during cooking. Indoor air pollutants include nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide.

This Is Why Variable Fan Speeds On A Range Hood Rule

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Did you know that range hoods can use up a lot of electricity? You can’t just decide not to use one, either. The kitchen range hood plays a very important role in keeping your kitchen clean and the air inside your home pristine.

Turning the range hood fan on at least 15 minutes before you begin cooking and leaving it running at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking will optimize how well the range hood does its job. That important job is to draw up as much grease, smoke, odors, and potentially toxic fumes as possible and exhaust them all to the outdoors where they can just dissipate naturally in the environment.

So, now you know how important a range hood can be to you and your family’s health. But, how can you maintain a healthy home environment without increasing your electricity use?

Glad you asked!

Look for a range hood that is equipped with variable fan speeds. Most range hoods come with at least two speed options – low and high. If that’s what your range hood has, use the low setting just before you start cooking. Switch to high while you’re cooking, and drop the setting down to low again once you’re done cooking.

Some range hoods come equipped with a greater number of setting options, anything from 1 to 6. Range hoods that offer more settings allow you to better control how dirty air is drawn up and exhausted out. So, if all you’re doing is boiling a small pot of water, you will probably only need to use a setting between 1 and 3. If, however, you’re using your stovetop grill or dealing with oil splatters from frying, you will probably want to use one of the higher settings.

A range hood that features greater setting options may cost more at the outset. But, you will make that money back in terms of energy savings and better air quality in your home.

Recipe Collection: Shrimp Tostadas

feb. 1

Even though these scrumptious shrimp tostadas cook up very quickly, don’t forget to turn on the range hood fan. The fan will draw up all of the grease, odors, and smoke that even quick cooking can produce.

Find more great recipes in our Recipe Collection.

Shrimp Tostadas

  • 1 lb raw deveined large shrimp, talks removed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 3/4 cup guacamole
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 35 round or triangle tortilla chips
  • Lime wedges
  1. Toss the shrimp with salt, chipotle powder, and lime juice. Let stand for about 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan set over high heat. Fry shrimp until pink and cooked through, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Top each chip with a spoonful of guacamole, shredded lettuce, cilantro, and 1 shrimp.

Enjoy!

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.

Recipe Collection – Pineapple and Sausage Skewers

jan. 12

It may be January, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t fire up the BBQ! Definitely try these very delicious chicken and pineapple skewers. They’re quick to whip up and perfect when you want to impress a crowd.

Some stoves are equipped with a grill component allowing you to cook up these skewers indoors. Remember to turn on the range hood fan about 15 minutes before cooking, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking.

Chicken-Pineapple Skewers

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into large cubes
  • 300 g pineapple chunks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  1. Soak large wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes. Preheat grill.
  2. Taking alternate turns, thread chicken and pineapple chunks onto skewers.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together sriracha sauce, honey, and oil.
  4. Grill for about 10 minutes, or until chicken is almost cooked through. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, brush the skewers with sauce mixture.

Serve with a side of rice and grilled vegetables. Find more delicious recipes here.

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.

Eat & Be Merry – New Year’s Eve Recipe Collection

dec. 29

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Are you ready for 2018?

If you’re having a party, let us know what’s on the menu. Remember to turn on your range hood fan 15 minutes before you begin cooking, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done. Your guests will probably love the aroma of baked desserts. But, grease for frying isn’t so pleasant. The range hood will draw up all the grease, smoke, odor, and steam, and send it to the outdoors where it belongs!

If you’re looking for some New Year’s Eve inspiration, check out our top picks:

How To Host The Perfect New Year’s Eve Party

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake

Deep Clean Your Kitchen

Turkey Salad With Minted Mango

 

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.

All About The Range Hood Heat Sensor

dec. 19

Here’s another great range hood feature that you might not give much thought to. It’s the heat sensor. Do you know when you should operate the range hood at low power? When should you switch the range hood to high power? Honestly, I wouldn’t really know. I suppose that if you have all burners going, and there’s lots of steam rising up toward the range hood, running it on high would make sense. But what about those times when what your cooking or baking falls somewhere in between heavy and light use?

Enter the heat sensor. This feature is first and foremost a safety device. You don’t even need to buy a professional range hood to enjoy the benefits! It monitors the temperature of the steam emanating from the stove. If that steam reaches a certain temperature, the range hood is programmed to automatically switch to a higher speed. When the temperature decreases again, the fan speed also switches back to low.

The heat sensor is a great way to save energy because you’re only using the highest power when absolutely necessary. It also makes the range hood more efficient. The fan will continue to draw up as much steam, grease, odors, and smoke as possible at both low and high settings.

Contact us if you want to know if your range hood comes equipped with a heat sensor.