If you’re finally getting around to that kitchen remodel this summer, chances are that you’re faced with a decision regarding the right type of range hood for your kitchen’s makeover. Whether you’re an environmentalist, or just health-conscious, a vented range hood is an essential part of your kitchen in order to keep your air clean and your lungs healthy. Range hoods are made to extract the pollution in the air caused by cooking. Grease, smoke, and harmful gases start to build up in the air with frequent or heavy cooking, and a range hood works to remove polluted air and deposit it outside of the living space or to purify the air before pushing it back out into the room.
The way your range hood ventilates the air in your kitchen is dependent on the type of range hood you choose to place in your home. There are two primary types of range hoods: ducted range hoods and ductless range hoods. The type of range hood you choose for your home ultimately depend on several different factors. Does your home already have duct work installed? If not, is installing ductwork an option? If you live in an apartment or another type of rented facility, you may not be allowed to do the reconstruction needed for ductwork to be installed. In this case, a ductless range hood may be the best option.
A ducted (or vented) range hood is one that pushes polluted air outside of the dwelling, often through a wall or ceiling. Ducted range hoods normally have a smooth chimney that runs from the base of the range hood into the wall or ceiling, which hides the duct work, and moves to a place where air waste is deposited outside of the home.
This wall mounted range hood from Range Hoods Inc features a dual four-speed electronic, touch-sensitive control panel with an LCD display. The range hood has a stainless steel finish and is a great addition to any contemporary kitchen.
Unlike most vented range hoods, a ductless range hood does not use duct work. Ductless range hoods use a charcoal filter to clean the air, and then re-circulate that air back into a kitchen. While not as effective as a ducted range hood, this type of ventilation can be used when it is not possible to add duct work to an already existing kitchen.
Although ductless range hoods are not as effective as their vented counterparts, they can be much cheaper to install, as they do not require duct work or extensive construction or remodeling. Unfortunately, if you decide to go with this alternative, the filters must be replaced every 3 to 6 months depending on the frequency and volume of debris generated from usage.
No matter which option you think best meets the needs of your kitchen, range hoods are an essential part of a functioning kitchen, especially for anyone who spends a fair amount of time over the stove. Don’t risk your health or the health of those around you because your kitchen is not properly ventilated. Invest in a range hood today, and enjoy a better quality of life tomorrow!