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Featured Product: Island Range Hoods

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So many condo units and detached homes are designed with features like extra tall ceilings and open concept living spaces. The lack of walls lends the space an airy and spacious feeling. Cooking in a kitchen that’s not enclosed makes entertaining so much easier. No longer will you find yourself alone in the kitchen while guests have a good time without you. Better yet, no longer will you be trying to cook in your kitchen while guests crowd in to be with you!

Open concept kitchen design means that more of us have the luxury of cooking at, and sitting around, an island. Some islands feature stoves. That makes entertaining even easier, doesn’t it? You won’t ever need to turn your back on your guests.

But, if you’re going to install a stove in the island, you will need to also install an island range hood. Hung from the ceiling, the island range hood are not only functional. They’re often also a focal point in the kitchen. Look for range hoods that are stylish, unique, and fit well into your home’s decor.

If the kitchen ceiling is extra high, you can still opt for an island range hood. Many of these units come equipped with chimney extensions that reach upwards of 10 feet. If the unit you’ve selected doesn’t have an added extension, you can still purchase one separately.

Talk to one of our expert Support Team members to make sure you’re choosing the right range hood.

What’s Your Range Hood Style

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If you’ve ever been in the kitchen of an older home, you’ll notice that either there is no range hood or the range hood that is there is an under-the-cabinet type. In other words, range hoods from years past (if they were there at all) weren’t much to look at.

Now, however, kitchen designers and other artists have begun to see this necessary kitchen appliance as an open canvas. That’s a great development on the one hand. On the other hand, it can present a bit of a dilemma. You suddenly have tremendous choice when it comes time to pick out a range hood for your kitchen.

Here’s what our experts suggest:

Choosing the right range hood can be like selecting the right outfit; it’s a matter of personal preference and style. Your kitchen ventilation range hood will likely be one of the focal points in your kitchen, making it one of the important design elements. When deciding on a design, take several things into consideration, including whether the rest of your home is traditional, contemporary or even rustic. The best shape for the hood’s performance is the pyramid shape hood, as it helps with the suction.

Here’s where you can get even more tips:

Stylish Kitchens – Chimney Style Range Hoods

Unique Range Hood Designs – Metal

The Island Range Hood

Pros And Cons: Stainless Steel Range Hoods

Which range hoods do you love?

Color Your Kitchen Beautiful

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Some of us love white. Some of us love color. But, there’s no reason all of us can’t have the kitchens we really want.

Painting is one of the quickest, economical, and easiest ways to update and upgrade the look and feel of your kitchen. The questions isn’t whether or not you should paint. The question is what color you should choose.

So, I thought I’d put together some fun color combinations that typically work very well. Let me know which ones you think are the best.

Blue and orange work really well together. If you’re not sure you can handle that much color early in the morning, you can choose a muted blue and orange.

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Purple and gray give a kitchen that elegant look with a touch of wild abandon. Remember you can alter the amount of each color. Make the room mostly purple with some gray accents, or vice versa. Don’t you think that’s a gorgeous range hood?

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Brown and green might not be the combination that comes readily to mind. The beauty is that you can lighten or darken the colors as much as you’d like.

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What are your favorite kitchen color combinations? Let us know! Read more about how to choose the right kitchen color.

Monthly Pick – Featured Range Hoods – Cavaliere

Photo: Cavaliere

Photo: Cavaliere

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of our premier products – range hoods by Cavaliere.

Cavaliere produces a variety of range hoods, including wall mount, under cabinet, and island. The hoods are produced in a variety of styles and materials to suit any kitchen design theme.

All wall mounted range hoods come with chimneys. They offer a customizable look depending on whether you prefer the look of the chimney or not. You can hide the chimney behind cupboards or leave the chimney visible as it climbs up the wall to the ceiling. Pictured below is the popular AP238-PSF.

Read more about Wall Mounted Range Hoods.

Photo: Cavaliere

Photo: Cavaliere

The invention of island range hoods was a kitchen designer’s dream come true. All of a sudden, we no longer were forced to put stoves against walls. We could install a stove or cooktop in the middle of an island and still enjoy proper ventilation. The model below is the SV218Z2.

Photo: Cavaliere

Photo: Cavaliere

With under the cabinet range hoods, the ductwork connecting the hood part to the outside must be hidden behind a cabinet. These take up very little space on the wall (because they’re essentially flat). The ductwork hidden behind the cupboard also takes up little room, allowing you more storage space. The model pictured below is the AP238-PS13.

Photo: Cavaliere

Photo: Cavaliere

Have questions about which type of range hood might be best for you and your kitchen? Give us a call. We love talking to you.

How To Buy An Exposed Chimney-Style Range Hood

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Modern homes sport all kinds of design elements that our parents and grandparents would never have thought of showing off in their own homes. Now, we can find exposed brick, concrete countertops, and chimney-style range hoods.

The chimney-style is exactly that. The ductwork is exposed as it climbs up toward the ceiling. Is this the right style for you?

Installing a chimney-style range hood means that your kitchen will be short at least one double cupboard. If you really need the storage, then you should probably look at other styles of range hoods. If the loss of extra storage isn’t a big deal, then you’ll find a whole variety of chimney-style range hoods. They come in different colors, metals, and glass, even combinations of those.

Here’s what you need to know:

Filters

There are a number of different kinds of filters available today. The one you end up with will depend on the range hood model you choose.

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Cassette filter: The aluminum mesh allows air to flow through it, but will collect grease.

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Baffle filter: Air and grease is pulled through the opening. The air continues out through the ductwork while the grease settles on the plates.

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Carbon filter: Sometimes referred to as a charcoal filter, it absorbs odor and grease while exhausting air through the ductwork and out of the home.

Style

Chimney-style range hoods offer you a few different style options. Work with a designer to figure out which one would work best in your own home.

Wall mounted chimneys are popular in both modern and traditional kitchens:

Photo: KitchenSource.com

Island chimneys are perfect for open concept kitchens:

Photo: Kitchen Design Ideas Blog

Photo: Kitchen Design Ideas Blog

Corner chimney-style range hoods free you up to design your kitchen in any way you’d like:

Photo: GardenWeb

Photo: GardenWeb

Read more about chimney-style range hoods here.

 

 

 

Range Hood Height Above the Range

Installing a kitchen range hood is crucial for ventilating the air in an enclosed kitchen. Range hood height should also be taken into consideration in the design of the kitchen. First of all, it’s important to make sure the range hood is going to fit in the space. Secondly, the range hood will provide the best ventilation possible if it is installed properly and at the correct height above the range.

“Range hood height” describes the distance between the range (the cooking surface) and the bottom of the range hood. The best way to determine range hood height is to check the manual that comes with the range hood. The manual should include instructions for installation of the range hood as well as the specifications of the range hood.

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Cavaliere-Euro SV218F-36 36″ Wall Mount Range Hood

The distance between the range hood and the cooking surface may also differ depending on what type of range hood. Generally, the average range hood height is 26 inches to 36 inches above the cooking surface. Wall mount range hoods are commonly installed 30 inches away from the range, while under cabinet range hoods are installed between 21 inches and 27 inches away from the range. Again, always check the manual for your specific range hood for the exact mounting height you need to install it at or have it installed at.

There are cases in which a homeowner may want to install the range hood farther away from the cooking surface than is recommended. This may be because the homeowner is a tall person and wants to be more comfortable while cooking. You wouldn’t want your head hitting the range hood, would you?

To overcome this, a more powerful range hood can be installed. A higher CFM (cubic feet per minute) rating will help compensate for the greater distance between the range hood and the range. (Remember, CFM describes the power of the range hood and how much air it can move per minute.) The distance has to be compensated for in some way to ensure the ventilation is still the same quality.

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Kitchen range hoods ventilate the kitchen air of grease, smoke, odors, smells, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Without the range hood, grease would build up on the range, the cabinets and the surrounding kitchen décor. Smoke could set off the smoke detector, and odors can make the kitchen an unpleasant place to spend your time. Turning on the kitchen range hood will help diminish these problems. Not to mention, proper ventilation will also making breathing in the kitchen easier! Call Range Hoods Inc at 800-914-9775 for assistance or if you have more questions about range hood height and available range hood models.

Feng Shui in the Kitchen

You may be thinking, what in the world is feng shui in the kitchen? Feng shui is a philosophy originating in China, which dictates the orientation of rooms and objects in the home. This orientation affects the flow of energy. Feng shui aims to balance this energy, known as qi (“chi”), and to bring wealth, happiness and health into a family.

There are a few basic principles that should help you improve the feng shui in your kitchen. (For additional design inspiration, check out our blog post Dwell on Design 2014 in Los Angeles.) In feng shui, the kitchen is a critical space. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen in our everyday lives and the food we eat is prepared in the kitchen.

The kitchen should not be placed in the middle of the house. Believers in feng shui sometimes renovate their home so the kitchen can be moved into a room away from the middle of the home or away from doors leading to the outside of the house. A balance has to be arrived at for energy to successfully flow through the kitchen.

Additionally, the best place for the cook to stand is in the middle of the room. Thus, ranges that sit against back walls are a problem in feng shui. The best feng shui for the kitchen would include a kitchen island with a stove top. In this manner, the cook can face the entire room while preparing food. Otherwise, you can improve feng shui by placing a small mirror above a cooking surface against a wall, so the cook can see the entire kitchen. (Make sure the mirror doesn’t cut off the person’s head when they look into it!)

If you install a kitchen island with a cooking surface on top of it, be sure to also install a kitchen range hood above the island. The kitchen range hood is crucial for ventilating air pollution created during cooking. Remember, an important aspect of feng shui is keeping the air in the room clean. Open windows every once in a while to air out the kitchen and place plants out of the way on counter tops for additional oxygen.

Next, make sure your kitchen is clean. Clutter will not help feng shui. Organize your kitchen and get rid of whatever you never use. Install some extra storage if necessary to make this happen. Also, make sure your kitchen has plenty of lighting. Install new lighting fixtures if you have been cooking in a dark kitchen. Your island range hood may also come with built-in lighting.

While decorating your kitchen, include some bright colors. Colors like gold and yellow work well for kitchen feng shui. Meanwhile, beware of over using the color black. Place art, colorful plants and bright accessories in the kitchen.

Lastly, make sure there’s no negative energy getting near your food before you eat it. Also, it’s advised not to watch television while eating. Good luck, and we wish you the best in applying the principles of feng shui to kitchen design.

Range Hood Baffle Filters

The range hood is an essential element to any kitchen. The range hood functions to remove harmful and undesirable particles from the air to reduce indoor air pollution. One component that allows a range hood to function properly is the use of filters that trap grease and moisture from the air. For proper kitchen ventilation to take place, the filters need to be there to trap grease and keep it from landing on your kitchen décor, including your range and your cabinets. Every type of range hood uses some type of filter. Range hoods with duct work use aluminum or baffle filters, while ductless range hoods use charcoal filters.

Baffle filters sold on RangeHoodsInc.com are constructed with stainless steel, are durable and are easy to clean. Baffle filters are easily cleaned by removing them from the range hood, running them through the dishwasher and allowing them to dry before placing them back in the range hood. They should be cleaned frequently just like any other appliance in the kitchen area. It is recommended that you clean your baffle filters at least once a month, especially if you do a lot of cooking in your kitchen.

Baffle filters are used in different sizes of wall mount range hoods, island range hoods, under cabinet range hoods, professional series range hoods and insert liner range hoods. They create a more professional look and the buildup of grease is not as noticeable as with aluminum filters. Aluminum filters contain multiple layers of mesh that trap grease. Aluminum filters are also cleaned by running them through a dishwasher. Baffle filters, on the other hand, redirect grease and moisture to a grease trap. Grease will also be collected in the grease pan in the back of the range hood.

Baffle filters are not used in ductless range hoods; ductless range hoods use charcoal filters. Charcoal filters have to be replaced periodically and cannot be reused after cleaning like baffle filters and aluminum filters. Ductless range hoods do not ventilate air outside of the home; they re-circulate filtered air back into your kitchen. Whether or not you can install duct work in your kitchen may depend upon budget, construction of the building you live in and where your cooking surface is placed in the kitchen. Many apartment homes require ductless range hoods with charcoal filters.

Range hoods are critical in keeping the kitchen air clean from grease, smoke, odors and dangerous gases, including nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. The range hood filters the air so you don’t have to breathe these particles. Additionally, the range hood keeps the kitchen cleaner by removing grease from the air that will build up on the kitchen equipment. You don’t want to sacrifice quality in your range hood. You can browse range hoods on RangeHoodsInc.com to find the model that best fits your cooking needs. If you cook frequently, you may want a more powerful range hood. The range hood should always cover the entire cooking surface and the filters should be cleaned or replaced periodically.

What is an Outdoor Range Hood?

Outdoor range hoods have most of the same features as indoor range hoods for the kitchen (such as sones, CFM, filters, etc.), but outdoor range hoods are used outside over outdoor kitchen stove tops, inside outdoor kitchens and/or above outdoor barbeques. Outdoor kitchen range hoods are also known as barbeque range hoods, or BBQ range hoods.

Outdoor range hoods have a lot of similarities with indoor range hoods. First of all, most of the same features are still available and perform the same functions. Both types of range hoods require ductwork to ventilate air, otherwise a ductless option needs to be installed. Both require the use of range hood filters and both provide stove top lighting with light bulbs. Also, both types work at different noise levels, which are measured in sones, and both come in wall mount styles or island mount styles.

Outdoor range hoods are typically installed about three feet above the barbeque or outdoor cooking surface. They range in size from 30 inches to 60 inches, but custom outdoor range hoods may be bigger, depending upon the needs of the outdoor cooking space. Indoor range hoods are typically installed 28 inches to 30 inches above the cooking surface and are as wide as the range with three extra inches on each side.

Additionally, outdoor range hoods need to be more powerful because they are ventilating air from a BBQ, versus an average kitchen electric or gas stove top. This means they have to ventilate larger amounts of smoke and heat during cooking. Thus, outdoor range hoods usually function at higher CFMs. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and measures how much air a range hood can exhaust. (This measures the power of the range hood.)

Outdoor range hoods typically have capabilities of at least 900 to 1000 CFM and higher. This also means that the range hood will be louder because it is working harder. This is similar to professional range hoods, which also work at higher CFMs for cooks who cook more often. RangeHoodsInc.com offers a series of professional range hoods for cooks who require higher CFM and prefer the professional and modern look of baffle filters.

Outdoor range hoods are great for ventilating air in outdoor cooking spaces, such as over barbeques or inside of porches and/or patios where people cook food. They also become a focal point in the cooking space, just like range hoods become a focal point for kitchen design inside of the home. They also make entertaining outdoors even safer by keeping the air that you are breathing cleaner.

Mounting the range hood outside also means that it has to be able to withstand different types of weather. Outdoor range hoods are usually made to be durable in different weather conditions. Indoor range hoods do not have to be as durable because they are not exposed to the elements.

You can browse indoor range hoods for your kitchen on RangeHoodsInc.com. We carry island range hoods, wall mount range hoods, professional series range hoods, under cabinet range hoods, insert liner range hoods and more.

How Range Hoods Work Part Two

In How Range Hoods Work Part One, we introduced the varying features of range hoods and covered CFM, sones, speed, size and height. To review, CFM (or cubic feet per minute) describes the power of the range hood and sones describe the noise level. Different range hoods work at different numbers of speed levels and come in different sizes and heights to fit your needs. All of these features vary between models. In this article we will cover chimneys, filter types and lighting.

Chimneys

The chimney in a wall mount range hood or an island range hood serves the purpose of covering up the ductwork and giving the range hood a streamlined look. Additionally, your range hood may need a chimney extension on a wall mount range hood or an island range hood if the range hood’s chimney does not fit your ceiling height. For example, you may purchase a wall mount range hood with a chimney that fits a nine foot ceiling, but your home may have a 10 or 11 foot ceiling. This is a simple compromise.

Chimneys make it possible to hang an island range hood from the ceiling and over the stove top. As a result, the island range hood becomes a major focal point in the kitchen.

Filters

There are three different types of range hood filters, including aluminum, baffle and charcoal. The type of filer used depends on how the range hood ventilates or circulates air in the kitchen. A ductless range hood functions with the use of charcoal filters. These range hoods filter air and re-circulate it back into the kitchen. Alternatively, other range hoods with ductwork use aluminum and baffle filters to filter air outside of the home.

-Aluminum mesh filters are used in range hoods with ductwork. They are easy to clean and most are dishwasher-friendly. Be sure to clean your filters on a regular basis, or they will become clogged with grease, to ensure that your range hood works effectively.

-Baffle filters are used in range hoods with ductwork and need to be cleaned periodically in the dishwasher or the range hood won’t be able to filter air as effectively. Baffle filters trap grease created from cooking.

-Charcoal filters are used in range hoods that are ductless and filter air and re-circulate it back into the cooking space. Unlike aluminum filters and baffle filters, charcoal filters need to be replaced from time to time.

Lighting

Most range hoods come with cooking lighting installed. You simply need to use the right type of light bulb with the light socket. This makes cooking easier because you are able to see the stove top better. Most range hoods use halogen light bulbs that will need to be replaced when they go out, just like any other light.

Range hoods may sound complicated at first, but it’s simply a matter of learning what all the different features and functions do. Range hoods are the reason we are able to use a kitchen that is attached to the rest of the home in modern times. They are an excellent form of ventilation to protect our health and our environment and they come in various forms and styles so you can add some creativity to your kitchen space. Check out RangeHoodsInc.com for more information.