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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.

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.

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!

Halloween Spice Cookies

5 Healthy Halloween Treats

How Is A Range Hood As Shiny As A Vampire?

The Night Is Dark & Full Of Range Hoods

Check out some of our scary good deals on range hoods: www.rangehoodsinc.com

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: Cavaliere 198D 30 Island Mounted Range Hood

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Sometimes you just need to make a statement. Island range hoods do just that. There they are, set off from the kitchen walls where they typically live. They catch the eye with no effort at all. Island range hoods become as much a focal point in kitchen design as lighting or granite countertops.

So, take your time deciding on the style that best suits your kitchen.

Today’s featured product is the Cavaliere 198D 30 inch Island Mounted Range Hood.

  • 600 CFM centrifugal blower
  • Three-speed electronic, touch sensitive control panel with LCD display (both side accessible, EZreach design)
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    Delayed power auto shut off (programmable 1-15 minutes)

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    30 hours cleaning reminder

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    2 Touch Sensitive Control Panels

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    Four dimmable 35W halogen lights (GU-10 type light bulbs)

  • Aluminum 6 layers micro-cell washable grease filters (dishwasher-friendly)
  • Heavy Duty 22 gauge stainless steel (brushed finish) 
  • Telescopic decorative chimney of variable dimension
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    6″ round duct vent exhaust and back draft damper

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    Tempered glass canopy

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    Venting Mode: Duct (optional re-circulating kit available to convert this to a ductless island range hood)

Wondering if this range hood will work for your kitchen? Give us a call. We’ll help you figure it out!

Q&A: How Do I Replace The Range Hood Bulb?

Photo: HomeAdvisor.com

Halogen bulbs are designed to last a very long time. However, if you find that you need to change the bulb, the process is really simple.

Start by turning the range hood lights off. I know it sounds obvious, but it’s an easy step to forget. Halogen bulbs can get quite hot. So, if you had the range hood lights on when one of them went out, you’ll have to turn the lights off and wait until they’re cool to the touch. How long you might have to wait depends on how long the lights were on before turning them off.

So, once the lights have cooled to the touch, you’ll be able to see that there’s a ring on the front of the light that holds each bulb in place. When you purchased your range hood, you should have also received a hardware kit with tools that can be used to install the unit. One of the tools in that hardware kit is the “A” tool. You can use that to quickly remove the ring and replace the light bulbs as needed.

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

How To Replace Range Hood Lights With LED Bulbs

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Many range hoods come with halogen lights. But, you can certainly replace them with LED lights. Either type will work well in a range hood.

Halogen bulbs are great for directing bright light to a specific spot, like the stovetop where you’re cooking a meal for instance. They’re energy efficient and feature what’s called “instant start”. That means that the second you flip the switch to turn the light on, it will come on at full brightness. No need to wait for the bulb to warm up as with CFL bulbs. Halogen bulbs are also fully dimmable. So, if the particular range hood you own comes with a dimmer, halogen bulbs would be the better choice.

LED lights are gaining in popularity because they last up to 25 times longer than halogen while also saving energy. Like halogen bulbs, LEDs feature “instant start”. One of the reasons, more people are choosing LED bulbs is because they’re cool to the touch. If you’re cooking with your family in the kitchen, you won’t have to worry that a child might touch the LED bulb on the range hood and burn himself.

So, when switching the halogen bulb to an LED, make sure you take note of the size of the halogen bulb before going out to buy a new LED bulb. The dimensions of the socket can be different, and you might find that your new LED bulb doesn’t fit properly into the range hood.

Read more about kitchen lighting: Kitchen Lighting Tips

Call our Support Team if you have any questions. We’re always happy to help you out!

To Dim Or Not – Range Hood Lights

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Every high quality range hood comes equipped with lights. It’s a good thing, too. Imagine whipping up a meal in the near dark. Typical kitchen lighting just doesn’t give off enough light to reach the stove area. Of course, if your stovetop is installed in the middle of a kitchen island, then you probably have the light problem beat. For most of us, though, that extra bit of a lighting is a huge help.

The lights installed on a range hood have a very specific purpose. They help to direct a sufficient level of light right onto the stovetop. If your kitchen is large and bright, you might find that you don’t need to use the light feature. In most kitchens, though, turning on the range hood light while cooking helps to brighten up the space. Some of our older range hoods did come with a dimming feature, but our new hoods won’t. We found that many people preferred the single option of a bright, white light. The single fixed setting also makes it easier to replace the bulb with an LED or other bulb of your choice.

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

Summer 2017 Kitchen Trends

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The kitchen is such an amazing place. It has evolved so much in the last 200 years alone. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that the heart of the home has come full circle.

I’m thinking of the old farmhouse kitchen of more than a century ago. In it, a whole family would have cooked their meals, mended their clothes, enjoyed conversations, and kept warm by the fire. With the rise of cities and smaller homes through the last century, families necessarily had to move out of their kitchens. Moms worked alone to prepare the meals. But, other than that ongoing task, every other chore or family time was spent in some other part of the house.

Well, here we are again. It’s 2017, and the kitchen has returned to its status as the heart of the home. Most of us, even if our kitchens are small, try to maximize the space so that it’s multi-functional. Looking forward to the summer of 2017, kitchen design trends seem to be reinforcing that way of thinking.

Maximize the work space.

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Nowadays, we think nothing of knocking down a few walls and expanding the kitchen. Add in an island or extra long counter space and what was once small and cramped is now an expansive work space. Keep an eye out for super efficient technology for the kitchen, too. Whether it’s an extra faucet near the stove or a smart fridge, the trend toward work spaces that make better use of time are on their way.

Task lighting.

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The old central light fixture placed somewhere in the ceiling of the kitchen is long gone. But, kitchen lighting is till evolving. For a while, we had track lighting set in rows along the ceiling. Then, track lighting morphed into pot lights. It was the same kind of thing … without the tracks. Pot lights have a cleaner look, and they can be directed to wherever you want to light to shine. We’ve moved even further along though. We still love our pot lights for overall brightness. But, now we’re adding task lighting. Sometimes that’s a simple chandelier over the eating area. Sometimes it’s a series of pendant lights over an island. We’re also seeing lighting under the cabinets meant to direct the right amount of light onto the countertop.

I have that sinking feeling.

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The sink is the thing! We can still find lots of stainless steel sinks. But, that once neglected area of the kitchen is coming into its own. Now, you can choose between ceramic sinks, concrete sinks, copper sinks … there are probably sinks made from nearly any material. Even plain old stainless steel sinks are no longer plain and simple. They come with different sized receptacles, covers, and accessories of all kinds.

What trend would you like to see continue? Want to know what trends are coming for the rest of the kitchen? Check out: 2017 Kitchen Appliance Trends.

Got questions? Give us a call! We love talking with you.

 

Why You Should Spend More Money On A Range Hood

Fri. 10

You’ve been dreaming of this kitchen renovation for a long time. You’ve even saved up a sizeable budget for it. Are you sure where you should be spending that money?

You know you want a beautiful granite countertop, and a brand new gas oven. You’ve already picked out the cabinets, and you can’t wait to use your new dishwasher! But, have you thought about what you’re going to do about that range hood?

Most people don’t give their range hood much in the way of thought. It’s there. It sucks up grease, odors, and smoke. That’s it, right? Well, if that really was all there is to it, you could head into any appliance store and purchase the least expensive model you can find.

The fact is, though, that range hoods are not all created equal.

Range hood fans come in a variety of power levels. Before you even go look at what’s available, you need to take a really good look through your stove’s manual. Find out how may BTUs each burner produces. You also need to keep in mind whether you have a gas or an electric stove. Range hood fan power is rated in CFMs. Each of those factors I mentioned will help you determine how many CFMs you’ll need.

Consider, too, that cheaper hoods may be simpler in design than you might prefer. But, perhaps more importantly, less expensive fans may be much louder than you prefer. You should have the range hood fan running while you cook. So, think about whether a loud fan will interrupt conversations with the people who are in the kitchen with you.

Cheap oven hoods also have limited options when it comes to lighting. If you want to use halogen or other energy-saving bulbs, you might not be able to with lower cost range hoods.

Ultimately, make sure you keep these factors and personal preferences in mind as you shop. You might be lucky enough to be able to opt for a cheaper oven fan. But, if not, remember that keeping your air quality high and making sure you enjoy your kitchen time is very important.

Do you have any questions about how to choose the best range hood for your oven? Call our experts!