Take a look at this picture. That sure is one very large piece of ductwork that leads from the over-size range hood to the outdoors! The professional range hood look really fits this kitchen nicely, doesn’t it? But, it does make us want to talk about something that’s very important when choosing a range hood – the size of the ductwork.
I know, it doesn’t sound like the most interesting topic in kitchen design. But, let me tell you, it is absolutely one of the most important.
Here’s what our in-house experts suggest:
For maximum performance, keep the duct straight and short. Use the shortest route with the fewest turns possible. 45° turns are better than 90° turns. Be sure to use an external roof or wall cap. If in doubt, consult a qualified designer/installer who is knowledgeable in ventilation or contact us.
The main issue is that different range hood sizes require different duct sizes in order to work properly. Before shopping for range hoods, take a look at the ductwork that leads to your existing range hood. Is it 6-inches in diameter, 8-inches, or larger? Make a note of that measurement. You’re going to need to match it to your new range hood … unless you’re planning on renovating. Then, the sky’s the limit!