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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.

Touch Sensitive Controls Are The Next Big Thing

jan. 10

Touch control technology is here to stay. The idea that all we need to do is to simply touch something to make something happen has gone far beyond the capabilities offered by our smart phones. The technology has taken the kitchen by storm.

Enter touch control systems on the range hood.

Touch control technology makes using the range hood even easier than you might have thought it could be. All you need to do to activate the fan to whatever level is appropriate for what you’re cooking is to touch a button.

Touch control enhances accessibility, too. The technology makes using a range hood very easy for people with mobility or fine motor issues.

Best of all, the touch controls are super easy to clean. You know that grime that can hide behind knobs? Well, it just won’t be there anymore. Touch controls are typically embedded into a panel that requires a simple wipe to clean.

Contact us to find out with range hoods come equipped with touch control.

How To Clean A Range Hood With A Baffle Filter

Photo: Martha Stewart | Youtube.com

Keeping your range hood looking great and functioning well is easier than you might think. Simply wipe the hood with a non-abrasive cleaner and pop the filter into the dishwasher. But, if you live without a dishwasher, or you just like to be hands-on, check out the video below and this video on how to clean a range hood with a baffle filter.

Bring Earth Day Into The Kitchen

April 21

With Earth Day just around the corner, I’ve found myself thinking of ways that I could mark the occasion in my kitchen. Believe it or not, Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970! Since then so many of us all around the world have recognized the day by changing something small or big (but nevertheless significant!) in our lives. So, if you’re having trouble thinking of something to do this year, I’ve got you covered. If you’re doing something that’s not on this list, please let me know! Let’s share some ideas that can make our earth a better place.

Eat less. Cook less. Most of us can probably stand to cook less food. The issue isn’t about leftovers. I, for one, happen to adore leftovers. As much as I love to cook, I appreciate not doing so every once in a while. No, the issue with cooking too much food is that we end up wasting more than we probably should. Do you ever cook up a little too much thinking that you’ll eat it the next day or the day after that only to forget about it … until you clean out the back of the fridge, of course! Yeah, it happens to me, too. But, no more. From now on, I’m paying close attention to portion sizes.

Compost it. Do you have a composter in your backyard? I do. Some cities collect kitchen waste at the curb and compost it. Get yourself a small container, line it with a paper bag, and fill it with coffee grounds, egg shells, fruit and vegetable peelings, and anything else you’ve got that is organic and will decompose.

Make stock. Instead of tossing those vegetable discards into the composter, why not toss them into a pot instead? Add water, a few peppercorns, and any herbs you might have on hand. Turn up the heat and turn on the range hood fan. In a couple of hours you should have a flavorful stock that you can use for soup or to flesh out sauces.

Go clean. Kitchens can get pretty grimy, can’t they? Opt for natural cleaners like baking soda and lemon juice. They’ll do away with the grease and dirt while keeping the environment healthy.

Got any tips of your own? Share them!

Pros And Cons : Stainless Steel Range Hoods

April 7

Were you an early convert to the stainless steel look? Full disclosure: I wasn’t. It’s taken me a while, but I have to say I’ve really come around. I do love the look now. I love how clean it looks, and I love how stainless steel works really well with any other material or color in the kitchen.

When they first came onto the scene, stainless steel fixtures and appliances lived at the high end of the price spectrum. Now that so many manufacturers have jumped in and are producing stainless steel models, the price has come down a bit. Here at Range Hoods Inc, we carry a lot of stainless steel range hood models … many of which are on sale right now … go check them out!

But, if you’re still sitting on the fence wondering whether you should invest in a stainless steel range hood, or whether you should opt for something else, I thought I’d list some pros and cons to help you make your decision.

Pros

  • Like I said, stainless steel works well with any kitchen design style – modern or traditional.
  • It lends any kitchen a kind of high-end, upscale look, which can increase your home’s selling value.
  • Although still on the expensive side, the price has come down considerably since they were first introduced.
  • Stainless steel is sturdy and rust-resistant. In other words, a stainless steel range will look great for many years to come.

Cons

  • Stainless steel can show fingerprints, dust, and grime.
  • Stainless steel range hoods do cost more than those made from other materials.
  • Not all stainless steel is magnetic. This isn’t a huge problem with range hoods. But, it can be if you’re thinking of matching your fridge, stove, and other appliances.

Are you a fan of stainless steel? Let us know!

3 Things Your Range Hood Is Trying To Tell You

Fri.24

What if I told you that your range hood could talk to you? Really. You just have to watch and listen. (And no, I’m not currently searching for those marbles I seem to have lost!)

Here at Range Hoods Inc, we spend a lot of time talking about why range hoods are vital to every kitchen. We’ve talked about how they improve indoor air quality and keep your kitchen just a little bit cleaner by collecting and exhausting grease and steam. But, here’s a question for you. Would you know if your range hood wasn’t working at its best?

That’s a really important question because, unless it stops working completely, you’d never know if it needs a tune-up or adjustment.

So, here are 3 signs to watch for. They will tell you more about how well your range hood is doing its job than you ever thought possible.

Getting smoky? If your eyes have started to water every time you stand over the hot stove, well… let’s just say that they’re not tears of joy over the fantastic meals you’ve been cooking up. It’s because your range hood fan isn’t sucking up and exhausting as much smoke, grease, and odors as it should. Do this:

  • Check your ducts. Once, I actually found that a bird had actually managed to build a nest where the ductwork met the outside wall!
  • Clean the tray and fan blades. Grease build-up can impair how well the motor works.

Too loud? You know your range hood. Has the sound of the motor suddenly become louder lately? Or maybe the sound level has increased gradually over a longer period of time. Do this:

  • Clean the motor.
  • Replace the motor if cleaning doesn’t help the situation.

Who turned out the lights? You push the buttons and nothing seems to light up or turn on. If the fan is still working, the problem could be the built-in circuit board. Do this:

  • Call in a professional. If your range hood is still under warranty, call the manufacturer. If not, contact a trusted appliance repair professional.

Monthly Pick – Get the Most From Your Range Hood

Thurs. 16

It should come as no surprise that I’m going to tell you that your kitchen needs a range hood fan. There are lots of great reasons why. Cleaner air, cleaner smell, cleaner kitchen surfaces … that’s not what I want to talk about today. You can read about all the benefits here, though.

This morning, I ran a damp cloth across the top of my range hood. It looked like the waters parting. Except that it wasn’t water parting, it was dust. Ok, it wasn’t a lot of dust. But, it was enough to make me realize that I’ve been neglecting my trusty range hood.

The range hood’s job is to provide light so you can see what you’re cooking, and exhaust grease, odors, and smoke so they don’t end up contaminating your kitchen. But, for a range hood to work well, it’s going to need a little TLC sometimes. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Clean it. Here’s where a degreaser comes in really handy. Spray some on a sponge and scrub (gently!) along the top and sides of the range hood. Check to see if your unit comes apart underneath. Sometimes, you can separate the fan and filter pieces. If so, take it all apart and wash each piece with soap and water. Dry well. Otherwise, your range hood will end up with water marks dotted all over it. Meanwhile, take that degreasing sponge and wipe all around the underside of the range hood.
  • Change it. The filter, that is. Some range hoods are equipped with a filter. Disconnect it. Soak it in warm soap and water. Rinse very well. You can put some filters in the dishwasher for an extra clean. But, check your range hood manual for clear instructions first. If you’re not sure, don’t try it. You could end up damaging the filter. Once washed, let the filter air dry completely. Hmmm, since you can’t run your range hood until the filter’s dry, why not go out for dinner?
  • Pay attention. Sure, I’ll admit it. Giving my range hood more than a moment of thought is not exactly high on my priorities list. But, it should be. Hear me out now. If you listen to your range hood, you’ll come to understand what it sounds like when it’s operating properly. That means that you’ll immediately notice when something’s not quite right. Don’t wait to act. That’s when you should call in the professionals to fix the problem. Waiting can end up costing you a lot more.

Monthly Pick – Range Vs Cooktop

Thurs. range vs cooktop

Here’s the dilemma: do you opt for a cooktop or for a range for your kitchen? Do you know the difference? Hmm, let’s deal with that last question first.

Very basically, a cooktop is built right into the counter (like in the photo above). It can be wired to use gas, electricity, or induction. Cooktop sizes vary, but standard measurements are typically 30 inches and 36 inches.

A range, often simply referred to as a stove, is a stand-alone piece that comes with its own cooktop and its own built-in oven. Standard measurements are the same as the cooktop, but it, too, can come in a variety of styles and sizes.

So, now that you know the basic difference, how do you decide which one is best for you?

The answer to that lies squarely in your own personal tastes and circumstances. The cooktop, for instance, is just that. You’ll need to install an oven in the wall somewhere in your kitchen. If your kitchen is on the small side, and all the walls are taken up by cupboards, finding a place to install that oven might prove a bit of a headache.

A range, on the other hand, is an all-in-one appliance. The only consideration you’ll have to make is whether the cooktop and oven are large enough for your cooking needs. Do you love hosting parties where you need six burners going at the same time. Maybe roasting a large turkey along with five different side dishes is your thing. Yes, you can find cooktops and separate ovens that fulfill those needs. But, for a small kitchen, choosing a large one piece range might make more sense.

The one benefit of the cooktop over the range, as far as I’m concerned, is that the cooktop is typically built so that it abuts right against the counter. That means that there’s no gap for crumbs, drips, or anything else to fall through. Pulling out the range to clean along that crack is inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst. Ranges are not always very light weight. Moving one might cause some uncomfortable muscle strain!

Have you had to choose between a cooktop and a range? What helped you make that final decision?

Monthly Pick – DIY – Unexpected Uses For Coffee In The Kitchen

coffee grounds

Happy National Coffee Day!

I am a coffee aficionado. I own no fewer than five different types of coffee makers. You can well imagine that I end up with a fair bit of leftover coffee, either in liquid form or as used grounds. The area I live in has a composting program, so waste isn’t a huge concern for me. Those grounds will get composted into garden material that residents can buy back from the city.

But, I do like to find other uses for things, if possible. Coffee, in liquid or grounds, is perfect for that. I’ve seen recipes where potatoes and whatnot can be cooked in a coffee maker! That’s sure helpful on those nights when you just don’t feel like turning on the range hood.

Here are a few more ways to make use of whatever leftover coffee or grounds you might have:

Fridge Deodorizer. Place unused coffee grounds in a bowl. Then place the bowl in your fridge. The grounds will soak up all the odors swirling around the inside of your fridge. Toss the grounds out after a couple of days, and replace with fresh grounds.

Skin Cleanser. Mix a few tablespoons of coffee grounds with a few drops of coconut oil until a smooth paste forms. Rub the mixture gently on your skin then rinse.

Hand Deodorizer. Keep a cupful of used coffee grounds near the kitchen sink. The next time your hands smell of the onion or garlic you’ve just chopped, rub a bit of grounds over your hands then rinse.

How To Clean A Cutting Board Properly

how to clean a cutting board

Full disclosure here: I treat my cutting boards horribly. Well, one cutting board anyway. It’s a kind of textured plastic that’s served me solidly for going on 15 years. I usually throw it into the dishwasher at least a couple of times a week. The cutting board is not unaffected. It’s now warped.

So, in an effort to be a better cutting board owner, I decided to do a little research into how exactly one goes about cleaning (and of course, disinfecting) a cutting board regardless of the material it’s made of.

I discovered that I really have no reason (or excuse) to subject my poor, old faithful cutting board to the dishwasher. Cleaning a cutting board properly is really very quick and easy.

So many of the natural foods that stock our fridges and pantries are perfect for cleansing both plastic and wooden cutting boards.

  • Sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface of the cutting board; spray with undiluted white vinegar. Let the mixture foam for about 5 or 10 minutes (depending on how much cleaning and disinfecting is needed). Then rinse under cool, running water or use a cool, damp cloth to wipe the baking soda mixture off the board. Dry well.
  • Rub the entire cutting board surface with the cut side of half a lemon. Squeeze a little extra juice onto the board as your rubbing the lemon half across the surface. Lemon juice will not only clean the surface, it will deodorize it, too. Rinse the board with a cool, damp cloth. Dry well.
  • Combine salt and lemon juice until the mixture forms a paste. Rub the paste well all over the cutting board. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with a cool, damp cloth. Dry well.

Once your board is nice and clean, you can rub oil into your wood cutting board. Let air dry. Then store upright, if possible.

What do you use to keep your cutting board looking and functioning like new?