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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.

Featured Product: Cavaliere-Euro Island Mounted Range Hood

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No, you’re not seeing double. That is one range hood with two – count them, two! – chimneys. This unit is truly one for the diehard cook. Each chimney functions at 1000 CFM for a total drawing power of 2000 CFM. That is a lot of grease, smoke, steam, fumes, and odors that will get exhausted out of your home and into the great outdoors.

This range hood is perfect for large kitchens, gas ranges, and a family that loves to cook. Even better, it comes with touch sensitive controls, a six speed fan, and a 30 hour cleaning reminder.

Guess what? It’s actually on sale. Right now. For more than $1000 off the regular price! Check it out here.

Want to know more? Contact us here.

Yes! A Range Hood Can Ease Allergy Symptoms

mar. 21

A range hood doesn’t replace an air purification system. Ok, now that we’ve got that one out of the way, let’s talk about what a range hood can do for you.

Your range hood works with your air purification system to clear out as many irritating particles as possible. Turn the range hood fan on every single time you cook. Turn it on at least 15 minutes before you begin cooking, and leave it running at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking.

It will help clear the air of grease, smoke, steam, odors, and potentially harmful fumes.

You might be wondering what those typical by-products of the cooking process have to do with allergies. Good question.

Here’s the answer…

Even in our draft-free, highly efficient homes, pollen, dust and all the other particles that offend our senses are always present. A range hood fan can draw those irritants out of the air and exhaust them to the outdoors where they belong.

Just make sure that your range hood isn’t adding to the problem. Give it a good inside-out cleaning using a natural, non-abrasive cleaner about once per week. At least once per month, depending on how often you cook and what you cook, unhook the filter and run it through the regular dishwasher cycle.

Now you can breathe easier!

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All About Automatic Shut-Off

jan. 2

Many range hoods come equipped with a heat sensor. This is a very handy feature, indeed. It allows you to concentrate on cooking, entertaining, and eating instead of trying to figure out how much grease, smoke, steam, or odor that cooking is producing.

The point is that if there is a lot of smoke, grease, steam, and odor being produced, you would have to stop whatever you’re doing and select a higher fan setting. Then, once you’ve finished cooking – and you’ve let the fan keep running for another 15 minutes or so – you would have to remember to go turn the range hood fan off. The heat sensor takes that responsibility off your shoulders.

But now, some range hoods can go one better.

Not only do they control the fan setting automatically as you cook, they even switch on and off automatically.

The heat sensor on these range hoods is programmed to activate, then de-activate, when the air reaches a particular temperature.

The fact that the range hood keeps the indoor air in our homes clean and fresh is great. The fact that it does that without us needing to worry about it at all is simply fabulous.

All About Range Hood Fan Speeds

dec. 27

We’ve been recommending that you turn on your range hood fan each and every time you cook. Turn it on at least 15 minutes before, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. But, do you know which fan speed you should be using?

The purpose of a range hood is to keep indoor air clean and fresh. The fan draws grease, smoke, smells, and steam up and out of your home reducing stains on paint and tiles, and improving the air you breathe.

The fan power you need depends entirely on what and how you’re cooking. Frying in oil or boiling a big pot of water will require a stronger draw, while keeping food warm in the oven will require a low setting. Because most of us use different methods of cooking, most range hoods come equipped with 2 to 6 speeds. Range hood manufacturers always have recommendations regarding which fan speed should be used for different kinds of cooking.

Better yet, opt for a range hood that features a heat sensor. These switch from low to high and back again according to temperature. So, you won’t ever have to wonder if you should be using a higher setting or not. The range hood will automatically monitor the temperature of the surrounding air. When the programmed temperature is reached, the range hood immediately switches to a higher fan setting. When the air cools, the range hood switches back to a lower fan setting. Neat, right? Yes, it is.

Contact us for more information about range hoods equipped with heat sensors.

Choosing Energy Efficient Kitchen Appliances

dec. 25

Energy conservation is more important now than it has ever been before. Most of us want to live in healthy homes. When we spend time outside, we want our environment to be as clean as possible.

The kitchen is one of the keys to a healthy home environment. Using the range hood fan every time you cook, bake, or roast goes a long way toward keeping the air in your home clean, fresh, and healthy.

The other key to a healthy home environment is to choose new appliances that are energy efficient. Most energy efficient appliances are marked as such. Sometimes, they bear the Energy Star logo. Sometimes, they’re identified in other ways.

In the end, energy efficient range hoods, refrigerators, stoves, and more save us money. They are less of a strain on the environment and on utility companies, and ultimately on the climate.

Contact us to find out which range hoods are the most energy efficient.

Pro Tip: Depth Matters

june 28

If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you’ll know that the size of the range hood really does matter. It affects both the air quality inside your home and how well it vents all of those cooking odors, grease splatters, steam, and fumes. The depth of the range hood is as important as the width.

We know, deep range hoods just make bumping your head on the corner that much more likely! But, there’s a very good reason why your kitchen’s range hood must extend the whole depth of the stove.

Here’s what our experts suggest:

The depth of your range hood should ideally cover the cooking surface of your range from front to back. Our regular hoods are usually 20″; standard PROFESSIONAL wall vent models range from 24 to 27 inches deep, depending on cooking surface requirements, while our island models are a standard 27 inches depth.

The point of extending the range hood right to the edge of the stove is so that it can better suck up all of the steam and smoke that’s produced. If the range hood is not deep enough, and you’re boiling water on the front burner, you’ll see the majority of the steam produced head straight up to the ceiling. After a little while, that steam will discolor the ceiling paint, potentially cause the paint to peel, and damage the drywall underneath the paint.

Want to know more? Read: 3 Tips On Choosing The Range Hood For Your Gas Stove

Have questions about how to choose the right size range hood for your kitchen and stove? Give us a call. We love hearing from you!

How To Install A Range Hood

Photo: This Old House

When you’ve hired a professional to come into your home to fix or install something, do you hang around and watch them work? I have to admit I do. Even if I know absolutely nothing about how to fix or install that object, I make sure I’m around to answer any questions they may have and also to ask questions.

Whether or not you know your way around a toolbox, I would suggest that it’s a good idea to know a little about how that pro might go about fixing or installing whatever the object is. Big appliances and fixtures, like a range hood, definitely fall into that category. Something as vital to your home’s air quality, like a range hood, should be installed correctly.

Here’s what Range Hoods Inc recommends:

Range hoods are very heavy and must be well-fastened to the wall studs. Do not hang a range hood on the drywall or plaster alone. Use the stud locator to find the studs and make marks for the screws. Use the drill bit (smaller than the screw shaft) and pre-drill the screw holes. Don’t use a drill bit that is too large; this could cause the range hood to pull away from the wall and this could result in injury.

Watch this video courtesy of This Old House on how to do it properly.

The Air Circulating In Your Kitchen Can Make You Sick

Feb. 2

Our homes have become technological wonders. Computers run our appliances. The latest insulation keeps our homes cool in summer and warm in winter. Smart technology is all around us. All of that innovation has made our home life easier, more comfortable, and more relaxing.

The problem is that improvements in building practices have created nearly perfectly airtight homes. That’s great for conserving energy. It’s not so great for indoor air quality.

Kitchens, especially, can be the worst offenders. Our cooking can produce a lot of air pollution that’s not necessarily expelled to the outdoors. If you can crack a window or two open while you’re cooking, that certainly helps. But, sometimes, that’s not the best solution. Living in higher elevations or in a colder climate means that you probably won’t want that cold winter air making its way into your nice warm abode.

Well, thanks to those modern technological advances, we now have a lot of options at our fingertips.

The best way to clean the air in the kitchen is to install a high quality range hood and use it every time you cook. Turn it on at least 15 minutes before you begin to cook, then let it run for at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. The stove’s fan will pick up the steam, odors, and particles that, if left to settle on your kitchen surfaces, will contaminate the air. That air then gets circulated throughout your entire home. A good stove fan exhaust system will make sure that as much of that poor air as possible is sent outside.

A high quality range hood goes even further. Its not just the food you’re cooking that can create indoor air pollution. In fact, you could swear off cooking for a month and still suffer from poor indoor air quality. The culprit, in this case, is the kitchen appliances.

Microwaves, stoves, cooktop burners, refrigerators, dishwashers … in short, any of your large or small appliances can emit pollutants. None of these are things you willingly will want to inhale. Appliances can release carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, and more into your breathing space.

You can minimize any health risks and improve your home’s air quality by leaps and bounds simply by opening windows and turning on the range hood fan when using your kitchen appliances.

The Best Foods For Your Body At Home

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You might not have ever made the connection before, but using your range hood fan while you cook actually promotes good health. It’s true.

Cooking, especially with a gas range, can produce a whole lot of toxins that we definitely shouldn’t be breathing in, like carbon monoxide from the gas range and chemicals from non-stick pans. If you tend not to turn on the fan while you’re boiling water, you might be encouraging the growth of mold and mildew in your kitchen – two toxins that will release spores into the air. Using the range hood fan will not only help to remove those toxins from the air, but if you’ve been using the fan regularly, those toxins will never have a chance to take hold.

So, on your journey toward a healthier lifestyle, remember how important the range hood fan is to your success. Follow these tips:

  • use the low setting for light or regular cooking; use the high for frying
  • use your range hood fan to encourage the air in your kitchen to circulate; turn it on at least 15 minutes before cooking, and leave it on for at least 15 minutes after you’ve finished cooking
  • range hood fans aren’t just for when you cook with the oven or stove. Turn it on every time you use the microwave and toaster, too.

Staying on the health side of cooking, here’s a great recipe that’s perfect for any meal in the course of a day. Huevos Rancheros – that so healthy, so delicious concoction that is chock full of nutrients, and is flavorful enough to entice even the most jaded palate.

First, flip on your range hood fan. This dish will not produce a whole lot of particulate matter or unpleasant smells. Quite the opposite, really. So, you can keep your range hood set to low.

Huevos Rancheros (Adapted from Feasting At Home)

Photo: feastingathome.com

Photo: feastingathome.com

Ingredients:

4 – 6 inch tortillas

4 eggs

2 cups cannellini beans

1/ onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 can San Marzano tomatoes (most of the juice removed and set aside)

1 tsp ground cumin

2 chipotle peppers (chipotle in adobe sauce), chopped

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp sea salt

freshly ground pepper, to taste

Olive oil

1 large avocado, sliced

2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

1 lime, cut into wedges and served on the side

1/2 cup queso fresco, crumbled

Mexican hot sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Sauté onion in olive oil until tender. Add garlic, tomatoes, beans, spices, chipotle peppers, salt and pepper. If the mixture is too thick, add in a little reserved tomato juice a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
  3. Drizzle a large frying pan with olive oil. Lay tortillas down in the pan, overlapping if necessary. Brush the tops with a bit of oil.
  4. Over each tortilla, spoon an evenly divided amount of the tomato-bean mixture. Make a little indentation in the center of each bean mixture. Crack an egg into each center. Season the egg with salt and pepper; add crumbled cheese.
  5. Place the pan in the oven. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the egg whites are cooked. Add avocado, lime wedges and cilantro to each tortilla. Serve on individual plates.

What’s your favorite healthy stove-top recipe?