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How To Reach A State Of Peace And Quiet In The Kitchen

april 30

Did you know that one of the reasons people do not use their range hoods is because of fan noise? Some range hoods are so loud, it’s hard to hold a conversation near one. That forces your family and friends to move out of the kitchen to talk while you’re left behind to finish preparing the meal.

Better quality range hoods and more powerful range hoods usually come equipped with 3 to 6 fan settings. So, you can use a lower fan setting if you’re cooking something that doesn’t produce a whole lot of smoke, grease, fumes, or odors.

But, what if you do cook meals that require a higher fan setting? Should you just grin and bear the fan noise? No! You can actually purchase a silencer.

The silencer is made of galvanized steel and is insulated with rubber on both ends. It can be installed between the range hood and the duct. The silencer looks a little like a car muffler, and it acts like one, too.

Installing a silencer will not affect how well the range hood does its job. It will still draw up as much smoke, grease, fumes, and odors as it can. It will just be a whole lot quieter.

With a silencer’s help, you and your friends and family will be able to fully enjoy that kitchen party.

Monthly Pick – Range Hood Myths Debunked

oct. 16

How much thought do you really give your range hood? I mean, beyond how beautiful it looks, and how stylish it is, and how well it fits with your kitchen decor.

How much thought do you give to how well it works? Don’t feel bad if you’re answer is none at all. You’re not alone. A lot of people don’t spend very much time thinking about how well their range hoods work. In fact, a lot of people out there might have the wrong idea about why they need a range hood in the kitchen at all.

So, here are the three most common myths about range hoods debunked…

Opening a window provides enough ventilation. Actually, no. You’d need a pretty strong breeze to blow through the kitchen to displace any smoke, odors, and fumes that are accumulating as a natural part of cooking. And let’s not even talk about the grease. The problem with a breeze is that it’s not consistent enough to eliminate all those toxins. Beyond that, a breeze is likely to push those toxins through to other parts of your home instead of exhausting them to the outdoors.

The best range hoods fans are the most expensive. Not true. Don’t judge the quality of a range hood by its price. Instead, consider what type of stove you use (gas or electric), how much you tend to cook in the course of a week, and the type of cooking you do (frying, grilling, etc). For help deciding how to choose the best range hood for your home, give us a call!

Range hood fans are too noisy. Some can be very noisy. If noise is a concern for you, there are quiet fans that are also very powerful. Speak to a knowledgeable agent to determine which model suits your needs best.

Q&A: How Loud Is A Range Hood Fan?

july 28

How loud a range hood fan can get is actually something that many people forget to consider when shopping for a new range hood. Many people end up choosing a range hood according to how it looks or according to price without factoring in how the fan sounds.

Not all range hoods are quiet, so it’s important to take the time to listen to each fan in the showroom. Even listening to the level of noise a fan makes might not be enough. Remember that the fan noise may seem low if you’re standing in a large store showroom. But, it may end up sounding quite loud within the confines of your small kitchen.

Fan noise is rated according to sones. You can expect a range hood fan to fall somewhere between .5 sone, which is similar to the sound of a refrigerator, and 7.0 sones, which is louder, but not so loud that the sound would prevent you from holding a conversation in the kitchen while cooking.

My best advice is to speak to a knowledgeable salesperson. Read the information that comes with the range hood fan you like before you make the purchase. Being as informed as possible before you install the unit will go a long way in making sure that you’re happy with your choice in the long run.

Give our Support Team a call if you have any other questions. We’re always happy to help!

How To Make Your Range Hood Quieter

quiet range hood fan

There you are in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Your friends and family are gathered around chatting and watching you cook. Everyone’s having a great time, except you. You’re worried. From the corner of your eye, you watch the hot steam rising from the pans simmering on the burner, coating your beautiful maple wood cabinets in moisture before reaching up and spreading out along your clean white ceiling. You’re just itching to switch on the range hood fan. But, something stops you. The noise. Saving your cabinetry would end your guests’ conversation.

I’m sorry to tell you that pinching yourself will not awaken you from this bad dream. It’s a scenario that plays out in nearly every kitchen across the country. The fact is that most people do not use their range hood fans because of the noise.

what’s the problem?

The first step in rectifying the problem is to figure out what’s causing the noise. Is the motor whining? Is the hood vibrating? Or is it just the sound of air whooshing the steam away? Depending on what’s causing the problem, the solution can be a simple do-it-yourself or you may need to call in the professionals.

the fix

Some range hoods are designed to come apart to allow for easy cleaning. Separate all the pieces, wash them thoroughly and check for any loose connections. Sometimes a simple cleaning is all it takes.

If part of the ductwork is vibrating, wrap that section in a thin layer of insulation. This trick is perfect if the ducts are hidden behind overhead cabinets. If the ducts are exposed, I recommend calling the manufacturer for tips on which kind of insulation would be appropriate and how best to apply it.

As for that loud whooshing sound … well, there’s not a whole lot that can be done about that. Remember that the point of the range hood fan is to suck the steam up and out. It should be loud if it’s doing its job. Having said that, there are two tips I can suggest that will minimize the disruption.

If you’re handy, it shouldn’t take you too long at all to install a silencer between the hood and the fan. Before you head out to the hardware store, though, you should place a call to the manufacturer. The service department will either provide you with the right silencer for your particular model or will recommend a comparable part. This might also be the time to call in the professionals!

Failing that, the only way that remains to quiet a range hood fan is to use the function that’s actually built right into it. Most fans come equipped with settings – usually low and high. Set your fan to low about 15 minutes before you begin cooking for maximum benefit. Allow the fan to run at low the whole time that you’re cooking. Although it won’t be completely silent, it should be quiet enough for you and your guests to carry on a conversation. Only use the high setting when whatever you’ve got cooking is producing the most steam, and let it run for short periods of time only.

choosing a quiet range hood fan

Maybe you’ve had enough of that old, loud fan that’s currently occupying space in your kitchen, and it’s time for a brand new range hood. In that case, I have a couple of tips to help you make the best choice.

Fan noise is measured in sones. Remember, the lower the number, the quieter the fan. A refrigerator, for instance, comes in at one sone. A rating of four sones is similar to the sound of a large air purifier, and would be considered annoying to most people. Unfortunately, in the case of fans you do get what you pay for. Budget fans can often be rated at four sones or higher. Look for those rated at three or lower.

Even if you’re able to sample the fan noise of a particular range hood in the store, it may still sound differently in your kitchen. So, researching brands that produce lower sones is not the only aspect to consider. Choose a range hood that offers varied settings. Some fans literally only come equipped with an on/off switch. Look for a minimum of low and high settings, or some combination in between that will allow you to control the level of noise.

In our daily lives, we’re constantly surrounded by a cacophony of noise. The kitchen doesn’t need to add it. Tell me how you use your range hood fan, and let me know if you have any of your own tips to add.