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Converting A Ducted To Ductless Range Hood

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Depending on the shape and size of your kitchen, you might find yourself considering whether or not you need a ducted or ductless range hood.

Buyers can often be concerned about how much space a chimney-style range hood might take up. In small to medium-sized kitchens, every bit of space counts, and an interior designer or general contractor can help homeowners figure out the best way to make use of space.

But, it really is a good idea to install a range hood in even the tightest space. Range hoods absorb odors, steam and grease that would otherwise end up on the walls and ceiling of the kitchen. That just makes more work for the homeowner who has to turn around and regularly deep clean the kitchen. No one wants to do that, right?

Apart from space considerations, many homeowners really like the idea of using a ductless recirculating system because it comes with a secondary charcoal filter that allows for extra air filtration. If you’ve fallen in love with a particular range hood model, but you’d prefer a ductless system, I encourage you to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales staff or call our Support Team. We do have some models that come with the option of converting the ducting. We’d love to help you choose the right one.

The Size Of Your Duct Really Matters!

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We’ve all seen images on television or in magazines of professional kitchens equipped with large range hoods. Some people are very interested in installing a professional-size range hood in their home kitchen. It’s possible, but you have to be aware of certain considerations.

First and foremost is the size of the ductwork required by that particular range hood. Each Different models may require different sizes of ducts depending on their size. Most range hoods built for home use need to be installed with 6-inch or 8-inch ducts. Which size of duct is determined by the actual model of the range hood. If you’re not sure what size of duct your kitchen can handle, I absolutely encourage you to speak with our Support Team. Purchasing a range hood that requires an 8-inch space when your kitchen can only accommodate a 6-inch space would be very disappointing for you.

Read: How To Match A Range Hood With Ductwork

Call our Support Team if you have any other questions. We love hearing from you!

2015 Vented Range Hoods

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.

Cavaliere B02CL-30' Wall Mount Range Hood

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.

Ductless Venting Kit - SV218 IM

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!

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What is the difference between ducted and ductless range hoods on Range Hoods Inc?

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A common question when it comes to kitchen ventilation is: What’s the difference between a ducted range hood and a ductless range hood? The answer is simple; a ducted range hood ventilates air to the outside of the home, while a ductless range hood filters the air and re-circulates it.

Ducted Range Hood:This range hood ventilates grease, smoke, odors and heat out of the kitchen and outside of the dwelling via ductwork.

  • Ductwork goes through the wall or the ceiling.
  • Ductwork is hidden inside of a kitchen cabinet or a decorative chimney on the range hood
  • Uses aluminum grease filters or baffle filters to remove grease from the air; many of these filters are dishwasher-friendly as well
  • Most effective choice for kitchen ventilation
  • Also known as a “vented range hood”
  • Some ducted range hoods can be converted to a ductless option with a ductless venting kit; these kits come with a stainless steel air-diverter and charcoal filters

Ductless Range Hood: This venting mode does not use ductwork. The range hood uses a charcoal filter to filter the air, which is then re-circulated back into the kitchen.

  • Uses charcoal filters to filter the air in the kitchen; they are discarded every 3 to 6 months and replaced with new ones
  • This ventilation method is less effective than a ducted range hood; it is better than having no range hood at all
  • Do not require ductwork, which can be costly to install
  • Good for apartment dwellings, in which ductwork cannot be installed
  • Also known as a “ventless range hood” or a “re-circulating range hood”

Without either type of range hood, indoor air pollution collects in the kitchen, especially during heavy duty cooking and frying of foods. Use a range hood whenever you are cooking in an enclosed kitchen; the range hood will keep the home a healthy space.

Produced by Range Hoods Inc. (Browse kitchen range hoods, ductless venting kits and sinks on Range Hoods Inc, or call us at 1-800-914-9775.)

Is This Range Hood Ducted or Ductless?

Just by looking…can you tell if this range hood is ducted or ductless? How will we ever know?! #thedress

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Note: Ducted range hoods ventilate air to the outside of the home via ductwork, while ductless range hoods filter air and re-circulate it back into the kitchen. The more you know!