Category Archives: Kitchen Safety

Tips for always being safe in the kitchen.

How To Clean The Range Hood Filter

Photo: Build.com

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 Build.com) that takes you through a step-by-step mesh filter cleaning.

 

Featured Product: Island Range Hoods

nov. 3

So many condo units and detached homes are designed with features like extra tall ceilings and open concept living spaces. The lack of walls lends the space an airy and spacious feeling. Cooking in a kitchen that’s not enclosed makes entertaining so much easier. No longer will you find yourself alone in the kitchen while guests have a good time without you. Better yet, no longer will you be trying to cook in your kitchen while guests crowd in to be with you!

Open concept kitchen design means that more of us have the luxury of cooking at, and sitting around, an island. Some islands feature stoves. That makes entertaining even easier, doesn’t it? You won’t ever need to turn your back on your guests.

But, if you’re going to install a stove in the island, you will need to also install an island range hood. Hung from the ceiling, the island range hood are not only functional. They’re often also a focal point in the kitchen. Look for range hoods that are stylish, unique, and fit well into your home’s decor.

If the kitchen ceiling is extra high, you can still opt for an island range hood. Many of these units come equipped with chimney extensions that reach upwards of 10 feet. If the unit you’ve selected doesn’t have an added extension, you can still purchase one separately.

Talk to one of our expert Support Team members to make sure you’re choosing the right range hood.

Monthly Pick – Wall-Mounted Range Hoods

nov. 1

Take a walk down the aisle of any kitchen hardware store and you can be easily overwhelmed by the array of choice you have when it comes to range hoods. Do you choose an island range hood, a wall mounted one, or an under-the-cabinet model?

Unless you’re working with very specific kitchen measurements, you could really go with any. Every range hood is designed to draw up smoke, fumes, grease, and odors and exhaust them outside. If you’re kitchen doesn’t allow for an island or an island range hood, then a wall mounted unit is a great choice.

All wall mounted range hoods come in a variety of sizes and styles. They’re made from brushed stainless steel so they won’t show fingerprints! Stainless steel is very easy to keep clean and will last a very, very long time. If your kitchen features an extra tall ceiling, you’ll be able to purchase a chimney extension. Some range hood styles even come with an extension as part of the whole package.

Just check with our Support Team to make sure you’ve chosen the right one for your kitchen.

Spooky Halloween Kitchen Party

oct. 30

Who says Halloween is just for kids? Maybe this is the year you host the perfect (and spooky!) Halloween party. You can shell out treats for all the kids who ring the doorbell while still enjoying a frighteningly good time with your friends and family.

Peruse these fun ideas and add a few of your own in the comments section!

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Monthly Pick – Stone Sinks

Photo: Sonoma Cast Stone

So, you’ve bought a gorgeous range hood, added stylish chandeliers, and the right kitchen flooring for your needs. What’s left? How about really kicking up the style temperature by opting for something truly unique?

Photo: Signature Hardware

Most kitchen sinks are made from stainless steel. But, there’s a growing trend toward natural stone. Marble and granite have been around for awhile. And they still are as gorgeous and as popular as ever. But, other types of stone have entered the market now.

Photo: Vigo

Look for petrified wood, soapstone, limestone, or travertine. The key is to reinforce the kitchen cabinets and countertops before installing the stone sink. These fixtures can weight up to 300 lbs! Maintenance will be an ongoing task, too. You’ll have to reseal your stone sink every 3 months or so. The biggest benefit of a stone sink, beyond its wow factor, is that it will last hundreds of years if cared for properly.

Featured Product: The Island Mount Extension

oct. 18

Oh, it may not be much to look at. But this stainless steel extension connects to an island range hood and stretches to accommodate extra tall ceilings.

Most new buildings – whether they are units in condo towers, townhomes, semi-detached, or detached homes – feature sky high ceilings. If your home doesn’t feature 10 foot ceilings, you may have seen them on HGTV.

Home buyers love the sense of extra space and airiness that the extra high ceilings give a home. The problem is that fitting any fixtures that typically hang from ceilings, like range hoods and chandeliers, requires special consideration.

This chimney extension attaches to the regular chimney that wall mount and island mount range hoods come with. The extension matches the steel of the range hood allowing for a seamless view.

Think you need one in your kitchen? Give the experts on our Support Team a call. We love hearing from you!

Monthly Pick – Range Hood Myths Debunked

oct. 16

How much thought do you really give your range hood? I mean, beyond how beautiful it looks, and how stylish it is, and how well it fits with your kitchen decor.

How much thought do you give to how well it works? Don’t feel bad if you’re answer is none at all. You’re not alone. A lot of people don’t spend very much time thinking about how well their range hoods work. In fact, a lot of people out there might have the wrong idea about why they need a range hood in the kitchen at all.

So, here are the three most common myths about range hoods debunked…

Opening a window provides enough ventilation. Actually, no. You’d need a pretty strong breeze to blow through the kitchen to displace any smoke, odors, and fumes that are accumulating as a natural part of cooking. And let’s not even talk about the grease. The problem with a breeze is that it’s not consistent enough to eliminate all those toxins. Beyond that, a breeze is likely to push those toxins through to other parts of your home instead of exhausting them to the outdoors.

The best range hoods fans are the most expensive. Not true. Don’t judge the quality of a range hood by its price. Instead, consider what type of stove you use (gas or electric), how much you tend to cook in the course of a week, and the type of cooking you do (frying, grilling, etc). For help deciding how to choose the best range hood for your home, give us a call!

Range hood fans are too noisy. Some can be very noisy. If noise is a concern for you, there are quiet fans that are also very powerful. Speak to a knowledgeable agent to determine which model suits your needs best.

How To Install An Electronic Circuit Board

oct. 12

As beautiful as your range hood looks in your kitchen, it’s the electronic circuit board that’s really the most awe-inspiring part of the whole appliance. That little component houses all the wires and mechanisms that power the range hood to draw up and exhaust smoke, fumes, grease, and odors out of your kitchen to the outdoors.

Sometimes, after many years of working well, you might find that your range hood stops working. Now what? You might decide that this is the time to remodel the kitchen and buy a new range hood. Or, you might decide to fix the one you have.

If you’re an expert at working with electrical components, you can order a circuit board from Range Hoods Inc. Make sure you’ve chosen the right component for your range hood before placing your order. Better yet, give our expert tech team a call first. Once you’re sure you’ve matched the circuit board to your existing range hood, you can follow the instructions that come with the component.

And if you run into any issues, give us a call!

Learn From The Best DIY Fails

Photo: America's Funniest Home Videos

Feeling in the mood for some kitchen DIY? That brand new range hood you bought just arrived, and you can’t wait to install it. Before you do, though, I have to ask you to consider whether or not you’re really up to the task. If you’re not already a contractor, consider hiring one to help you install your range hood. Range hood installation requires that you know how to work with drywall, plaster, and any other kind of wall material. You have to know your way around all the electrical components, too.

Whether or not you decide to go ahead and install your own range hood, I thought I’d post a video reminder of what might go wrong. Don’t laugh. Ok, go ahead, laugh. But, if you’re anything like me, you’re laughing because you’ve been there. Sometimes, you really want to be the perfect DIY-er. You know, the one who doesn’t need help. The one who can do the job without all the proper tools.

Uh huh. I’ve been there, and I have the bruised ego to show for it. So, while you’re watching this video, remember that we’ve all been through these kinds of DIY fails ourselves.

Tell us some of your own stories.

Recipe: Grilled Baby Bok Choy With Garlic Butter

oct. 6

Yes, you read that correctly. It does say “garlic”. Yum, right?

If you’re not familiar with bok choy, it’s also often called Chinese cabbage. It comes in a small bunch, usually no more than about 6 inches high. The beauty of bok choy is that it’s super healthful and cooks up quickly and easily.

Turn on your range hood fan if you’re grilling indoors. The bok choy, itself, doesn’t give off any unpleasant aromas – quite the opposite, really! It’s just that any cooking or grilling can put smoke and fumes in the air that will affect the air quality in your home. It’s best to exhaust those to the outdoors.

Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think of it!

Grilled Baby Bok Choy With Garlic Butter

This recipe serves 4.

  • 5 baby bok choy
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  1. Cut each bok choy bundle in half lengthwise.
  2. Combine melted butter, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Heat grill to medium heat. Grill bok choy for 5-8 minutes, brushing with garlic butter and turning occasionally. Remove from the grill when tender.

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