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.

How To Reach A State Of Peace And Quiet In The Kitchen

april 30

Did you know that one of the reasons people do not use their range hoods is because of fan noise? Some range hoods are so loud, it’s hard to hold a conversation near one. That forces your family and friends to move out of the kitchen to talk while you’re left behind to finish preparing the meal.

Better quality range hoods and more powerful range hoods usually come equipped with 3 to 6 fan settings. So, you can use a lower fan setting if you’re cooking something that doesn’t produce a whole lot of smoke, grease, fumes, or odors.

But, what if you do cook meals that require a higher fan setting? Should you just grin and bear the fan noise? No! You can actually purchase a silencer.

The silencer is made of galvanized steel and is insulated with rubber on both ends. It can be installed between the range hood and the duct. The silencer looks a little like a car muffler, and it acts like one, too.

Installing a silencer will not affect how well the range hood does its job. It will still draw up as much smoke, grease, fumes, and odors as it can. It will just be a whole lot quieter.

With a silencer’s help, you and your friends and family will be able to fully enjoy that kitchen party.

Top BBQ Party Tips!

april 26

Even if you live in the coldest, snowiest part of the country, it’s grilling time!

Head outside to that outdoor kitchen and fire up the BBQ. We have some pro tips to help you get the most from your grill.

  1. Plan on noshing on some stellar appetizers while you’re grilling. Eating in the great outdoors is fun and a great way to connect with the natural environment.
  2. Invest in a range hood over your BBQ. Releasing all that smoke into the natural environment is not the problem. Breathing in a lungful of smoke, however, is something entirely different. An outdoor range hood will draw up all the grease, smoke, and fumes and direct it away from you and your guests.
  3. Turn up the volume on your favorite tunes… and maybe invite the neighbors so they don’t complain!

Most of all, relax and enjoy your time in the great outdoors.

Have questions about which range hood would be best in your outdoor space? Give us a call!

Inspiring Kitchen Designs!

april 20

Flipping through all those glossy kitchen magazines is so much fun. Even if what you see on those pages falls way beyond your budget, there are probably tweaks you can make to get the design elements you love at a much lower cost.

Check out these kitchens!

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Kitchen islands remain as popular as ever. They are work spaces, allow for seating, and easy entertaining.

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Closed cabinets are no longer the only way to store our stuff. More of us are opting for open shelving in the kitchen.

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Even range hoods have become the focus of designers. There are so many design options to choose from!

Call us to find out which range hood would be best in your kitchen.

How To Keep Sightlines Open In Your Kitchen

april 16

Kitchens have become so much more than places to cook meals. They have become a gathering place for the whole family and all your friends.

So, how can you make sure that the space you spend so much time in is comfortable?

Sightlines are best explained as empty space. It’s the ability to stand in one part of the kitchen and be able to see all the way to the other side. Sightlines are all about unobstructed views. One of the biggest culprits in broken sightlines is the range hood – not so much the wall-mounted variety, of course.

Think of the island range hood suspended from the ceiling. If you’re standing at the stove, you might have to tilt your head around the range hood to see the people standing in other parts of the kitchen.

There are ways to solve the sightlines problems without tossing out the range hood. Seriously. Don’t do that. The range hood works incredibly hard at clearing the air you breathe of grease, odors, smoke, and fumes. So, you have to keep the range hood. But, there’s no reason why you can’t change they type of range hood.

If you really like an island range hood that is suspended from the ceiling, choose a more powerful model that can be hung higher. It will still do its job while allowing you to see everyone in the kitchen.

If hanging the range hood at an ideal height above your head isn’t an option, look for range hoods that feature a glass canopy. At least you’ll be able to see through the glass.

Another option is to install a ceiling mounted range hood. This type sits flush against the ceiling and is powerful enough to draw up smoke, grease, odors, and fumes from there.

Need help choosing the right range hood for your kitchen? Give us a call!

Featured Product: Cavaliere Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Range Hood

april 6

Guess what? This beautiful Cavaliere Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Range Hood is on sale!

Check out the features:

  • 860 CFM centrifugal blower
  • Soft-touch push button control panel
  • Dishwasher-friendly grease filter
  • Brushed stainless steel
  • Telescopic chimney perfect for 8 foot to 9 foot ceilings and higher
  • Tempered glass canopy

The Amazing Range Hood Remote Control

april 4

Many of our range hoods come with a remote control. This is a perk that top-rated range hood manufacturers provide for their customers. In fact, Cavaliere is one of the most respected manufacturers who make a point of equipping their hoods with features that make life easier.

If you’re already standing at the stove cooking, you might wonder what the point of a remote control is.

In cases where the range hood is flush with the ceiling or is installed at a height higher than most people’s average height, then a remote control makes turning the unit on and off and setting the fan speed super easy and convenient.

Beyond installation height, a remote control gives you the option to turn the fan on or off wherever you happen to be. That becomes very important in terms of remembering to turn the fan on about 15 minutes before you begin cooking and turning it off about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. Instead of running into the kitchen to turn the fan on or off, you can just activate it via the remote.

Do you have questions about using your remote control? Give us a call. We’ll help you out.

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 27

Few of us give much thought to the range hood that takes up a significant amount of space over the stove. It is, however, an absolutely essential appliance. That range hood helps keep your indoor air as pure as possible by drawing up all the grease, smoke, steam, odors, and fumes, and exhausting all those pollutants to the outdoors.

At least once per month, especially if you cook a lot, you should give your range hood a good top to bottom cleaning. Use a natural, citrus-based cleaner on the hood to clean up any accumulated dust and stains. Then unhook the housing that holds the filter and fan in place. Most range hood filters can be put through a regular dishwasher cycle. That makes keeping it clean easy, right?

If your range hood has been around for many decades and is just not working as well as it used to, it might be time to consider ripping it out and replacing it with a new one. Consider, too, that the latest range hoods come equipped with a series of modern and convenient technologies. Cleaning reminders, multiple fan speed options, multiple power grades, touch sensitive options, and even timed on and off functions.

Not to mention the varied styles and sizes available today, too.

Need help choosing a range hood for your home and lifestyle? Call us!

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 13

Your range hood does a lot for you. It draws up all that grease, smoke, steam, fumes, and odors that cooking produces. Those other appliances we depend on – the refrigerator, stove, microwave – they off gas fumes, too. Your range hood clears the air of all those potentially toxic pollutants. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to make sure your range hood is in peak working condition.

Start by giving it a really good cleaning. Use a natural, gentle, citrus-based cleaner. You just want to make sure that the cleaner is gentle enough to use on any surface – stainless steel, aluminum, copper, iron, or even wood. Most range hood filters can be easily detached from the housing and placed in the dishwasher. Run it through a regular cycle and reattach.

Depending on how frequently you cook at the stove, or how much frying you do, you should consider hiring a professional to clean the ducts at least every few years. New range hoods are excellent at separating grease from smoke, fumes, and steam. They trap the grease in the filter and allow everything else to escape to the outdoors. Some of that particulate matter can settle within the duct that leads from the range hood to the outside. A professional duct cleaner will make sure that the ducts are as pristine as possible.

An older range hood may not be very effective at separating the grease from all the other pollutants. In that case, any grease that settles in the ductwork can become a fire hazard. Cleaning out the ducts is very important if your range hood is very old.

Here’s a thought. if your range hood is old, why not take the opportunity now to toss out the old and bring in the new? You’ll get to update the look of your kitchen with a modern range hood and your home’s indoor air quality will be much healthier thanks to improvements in range hood technology.

Need help choosing the right range hood for your kitchen? Give us a call!

Spring Maintenance Tips – Refreshing Your Range Hood

mar. 1

Happy Spring!

Yay, springtime! Sure, I know it’s only March the first, spring won’t actually arrive until March 20th. Still, I like to think of March as the month of spring.

So, let’s take today and the next couple of weeks to jump into the spirit of spring. Let’s do that by looking at the ways we can refresh the kitchen. You can go with a full-on kitchen renovation. Or, if your budget isn’t quite that expansive, you can focus on giving your kitchen a true top to bottom spring cleaning.

Once all the grease and grime is gone, you’ll feel fresher and happier. So, let’s get to it. Here’s how to make sure your range hood stays looking and functioning its best for many decades to come.

  • Wash the filter. Whether your range hood is equipped with a baffle filter, a charcoal filter, or a mesh filter, keeping the filter clean is very easy. Most filters – except charcoal filters – are dishwasher safe. Charcoal filters should be replaced once per year.
  • Clean the range hood cover with a gentle, natural cleaner. Standard glass cleaners are very effective. The key is to make sure that you don’t use an abrasive or harsh cleaner.
  • Many range hoods allow you to unhook the fan and lift it out of the housing. Once it’s out, you can either run it through a regular cycle in the dishwasher or wash it by hand with dish soap and water.

Some range hoods come equipped with a cleaning reminder. If your range hood doesn’t, don’t despair. Mark your calendar. Spot clean your range hood daily and weekly. Once per month, give the rest of it a good wash. A little effort will go a long way in keeping your range hood looking and working its best.

Featured Product: Cavaliere-Euro Island Mounted Range Hood

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No, you’re not seeing double. That is one range hood with two – count them, two! – chimneys. This unit is truly one for the diehard cook. Each chimney functions at 1000 CFM for a total drawing power of 2000 CFM. That is a lot of grease, smoke, steam, fumes, and odors that will get exhausted out of your home and into the great outdoors.

This range hood is perfect for large kitchens, gas ranges, and a family that loves to cook. Even better, it comes with touch sensitive controls, a six speed fan, and a 30 hour cleaning reminder.

Guess what? It’s actually on sale. Right now. For more than $1000 off the regular price! Check it out here.

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