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Cooking History

Today we live in houses with modern kitchens with range hoods, stoves, ovens and various, smaller kitchen appliances. Cooking is easier and more fun than ever. Some people delight in finding a new recipe and trying it out. The cooking scene has evolved throughout history and time. Cooking wasn’t always so simple. There was a time when man didn’t know how to start a fire, let alone prepare a cooked meal.

Exactly when man found and learned to control fire is a topic of debate. One theory states that man got the idea to cook food with fire after accidentally burning food in a natural fire. There simply isn’t enough clear cut evidence to point out exactly when this happened and how and when man began to control fire.

Eventually, about 1.8 million years ago, man learned to control fire and started using it to heat meat. Cooked meat tastes better than raw meat and contains more calories. Some scientists hypothesize that the human brain evolved and grew larger as people cooked their food more. They argue that people had more time to spend thinking rather than spending most of their time hunting and looking for food.

Early cooking methods involved roasting food on a fire with sticks. This progressed into roasting food with spits. People also heated stones and used the stones to heat water or food. As technology evolved, people used sheets of metal to heat food and then people created early ovens. Fires were started or coals were heated in the ovens, and the food was then put in to warm up. People began baking breads as well.

Historical Oven cooking depicted in a painting...

Historical Oven cooking depicted in a painting by Jean-François Millet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The inventions of pottery, civilization and agriculture also contributed to the development of cooking methods. Cooking became more complicated and more artistic as the Greeks and Romans created large meals and banquets. Only large, rich homes had kitchens and other people purchased cooked food. During the Renaissance, successful cooks were popularized and respected.

Later, industrialization, refrigeration and electricity further progressed cooking. Food was produced and processed in large quantities, and people began purchasing preserved food. In the 1920s, freezing food became more widespread. Refrigeration kept food from spoiling and electricity opened up other ways of cooking food, such as the microwave.

Today, we have kitchens inside of residential homes in which most of the food we eat is cooked. Most people have a refrigerator, oven, range hood, microwave, blender and toaster. The range hood style depends upon where in the kitchen the range is located.  Under cabinet range hoods are used in modern kitchens to ventilate the air; they are installed on the underside of a cabinet above the stove top.

During cooking, grease, smoke and odors are produced. These will build up on the kitchen décor and will be breathed by people unless the under cabinet range hood is turned on. Other types of range hoods include wall mount range hoods, professional range hoods and island range hoods. If you have any questions about kitchen range hoods, browse RangeHoodsInc.com or call us at 1-800-914-9775.

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What is a Non-Vented Range Hood?

You may have heard the term “non-vented range hood” and thought, “Huh? What’s that?” It’s actually pretty simple. A non-vented range hood is one that re-circulates air in the kitchen rather than ventilating it to the outside of the home. A non-vented range hood is also known as a re-circulating range hood, no duct range hood or ductless range hood.

The opposite of a non-vented range hood is a ducted range hood. These ventilate air through duct work and are better at removing odors produced by cooking in the kitchen. A non-vented range hood filters air in the kitchen and circulates it back into the kitchen. These models use charcoal grease filters. Remember, once they are saturated, charcoal filters need to be thrown away and replaced. In ducted setups, baffle filters and aluminum grease filters can be washed in the dishwasher and put back into the range hood.

Non-vented range hoods come in most mounting styles, including under cabinet range hoods, professional range hoods, island range hoods, wall mount range hoods and insert liner range hoods. Most often, you will see non-vented range hoods working as under cabinet range hoods. These are mounted underneath a cabinet and above a cooking surface or underneath a microwave if it is a microwave and range hood combination. Some people prefer these models because they save counter space. In under cabinet range hoods that work with duct work, the duct work is typically hidden inside of the cabinet and goes to the outside.

In general, non-vented range hoods are not as effective at ventilating the air in the kitchen as ducted range hoods. However, owning a non-vented range hood is far better than owning no range hood at all. Range hoods work to eliminate smoke, grease and smells in the kitchen that occur during cooking. Otherwise, these byproducts would build up in your kitchen, make it harder to cook and make it harder to breathe.

Did you know that cooking emits byproducts like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide? These fumes are detrimental to your health and make it harder to breathe. People can be poisoned by carbon monoxide. Additionally, there is always the chance of a gas leak while using a gas stove top. It’s important to turn on the range hood each time you’re cooking, so you can protect yourself and your kitchen from the byproducts of cooking.

If you have found a ducted range hood you like, but would like to own a non-vented range hood, you can purchase a ductless venting kit to convert the range hood to the ductless option. You can browse these kits under Range Hood parts on RangeHoodsInc.com.

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You can also browse under cabinet range hoods, professional range hoods, island range hoods, wall mount range hoods and insert liner range hoods on Range Hoods Inc. Our experienced staff is available to help you design the kitchen of your dreams. Simply call us at 1-800-914-9775, or contact us via the Live Chat Online application on the RangeHoodsInc.com homepage.

Range Hood Fire Extinguishers

Homeowners are always looking for another line of defense against the worst case scenario. Preparation is key; good preparation could determine the difference between a bad incident and a serious tragedy. We’re always on the lookout for natural disasters, such as flooding, earthquakes and tornados, but we also have to watch out for disasters caused by humans and residents. A home fire, which most often starts in the kitchen, can cause severe damages. However, with preparation, there are some lines of defense you can prepare to save yourself and your belongings.

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Range hood fire extinguishers are a first line of defense against a stovetop fire. These devices look like small cans, which contain fire retardant material, and are attached to kitchen range hoods with magnets. They are also known as range hood fire suppressors. These little guys have two goals: to stop the fire from spreading to the rest of the house and to reduce damage caused by a kitchen fire. Most fires in the kitchen start when someone is cooking, so these devices attached to range hoods are a good line of defense. If a fire does occur and the range hood fire extinguishers go off, turn off your stove, wait for everything to cool down and wipe the surface with a wet cloth.

Range hood fire extinguishers contain fire fighting material like a regular fire extinguisher, but they are located inside kitchen range hoods and they go off by themselves when they’re needed. They open when the heat from the flame is sensed. They can help put out a fire that otherwise would have gone unnoticed and spread to the rest of the home. However, if your range hood fire extinguishers go off, be sure to also turn off the stove, or another fire could start. Also, these devices do have the potential to make a grease fire worse. If you do a lot of deep frying, this may not be a good option for you. They may be a good choice for people who would not be able to stop a fire on their own or for landlords whose tenants may cause a fire.

The fire suppressors attached to range hoods are usually good for up to five years, at which point they should be replaced. Different brands have different price points, but a range hood fire extinguisher will always be cheaper than the cost of repairs after a home fire. Look for range hoods and range hood fire extinguishers that are UL listed.

Range hoods are crucial for providing kitchen ventilation. Without a range hood, your kitchen fills with smoke, grease, and pesky smells. Furthermore, enclosed cooking produces carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, which in large doses are detrimental to health and respiratory wellness. You can browse wall mount range hoods, under cabinet range hoods, island range hoods, professional range hoods, insert liner range hoods and more on RangeHoodsInc.com. You can also browse articles on our blog to find out more about purchasing and installing kitchen range hoods.

Should I Install a Range Hood & Microwave Combination?

A common question about range hoods, which comes up during remodeling homes and kitchens, is whether or not the homeowner wants to install a stand-alone range hood or a microwave and range hood combination. In the end, only you know for certain what will best fit your needs. That being said, knowing your options and the pros and cons of each decision will empower you to choose the right appliance for your lifestyle.

Microwave and range hood combinations include a microwave unit that is mounted above the cooking surface. They are constructed of under cabinet range hoods mounted underneath microwaves. Stand-alone range hoods vary in mounting style, decorative style and size. In both cases, you need a unit that will cover your entire cooking surface.

The microwave and range hood combination is often used as a space saver because it combines two appliances into one. It also means that you are freeing up the counter space taken up by a microwave. However, gaining counter space in this instance also means sacrificing range hood power. Microwave and range hood combinations often include a ductless range hood, which is not as effective at ventilating the air in the kitchen. This means more grease, smoke and smells will build up while you’re cooking.

If stand-alone range hoods are what you’re looking for, you can purchase under cabinet range hoods, which mount underneath a cabinet above the cooking surface. Alternatively, you can choose a wall mount range hood, which mounts onto the wall above the cooking surface. Lastly, you can buy an island range hood if you have a cooking surface on a kitchen island. These hang from the ceiling and the duct work runs through the ceiling.

The amount of kitchen ventilation you can live with will depend upon your lifestyle and how much you cook. It will also depend upon the type of cooking surface you own, which may determine how many CFMs you need your range hood to have. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and describes how much airflow the range hood is capable of moving.

If you cook every day, you may want a more powerful range hood to exhaust grease, smoke and smells. On the other hand, if you live in a small apartment, you may want to save space, and you may not have the ability to install duct work in your space. (Ducted stand-alone range hoods suck up air and ventilate it to the outside of the home through a flue and duct work, which runs through the wall or the ceiling.)

Additionally, remember that when it comes time to replace your range hood and microwave combination, you will have to replace both appliances. For example, in the case of a kitchen fire or a fire on the cooking surface in the kitchen, you may have to replace both your range hood and your microwave.

If you decide a stand-alone range hood is the best option for your home, Range Hoods Inc carries wall mount range hoods, island range hoods, professional series range hoods and under cabinet range hoods, which you may browse on RangeHoodsInc.com.  We offer high inventory levels to offer you convenience during your shopping experience.

Weekend Kitchen Cleaning Tips

The weekend’s almost here and for some of us it’s the only time we get to clean the kitchen and have it looking good for the next week. Or, you may be planning on getting some spring cleaning done before a St. Patrick’s Day party. This blog will go over some tips for keeping the kitchen shiny.

Citrus is your friend. You may never have realized all of the cleaning that is possible with some natural citrus, which also smells amazing. You can use a mixture of water, vinegar and lemons to attack grease in your kitchen. You can also throw sliced lemon down a smelly garbage disposal.

Under cabinet range hoods. Spring cleaning is a great time to check that range hood. Under cabinet range hoods may have some sneaky dirt and grime built-up on them throughout the seasons because they are hard to see. Whatever we don’t look at, we may forget to clean thoroughly. You may not notice how dirty it is as often as someone with an island range hood would because it’s easier to see the dirt on those models.

The more you clean the range hood, the easier it will be to tackle each time you do the job. Start with the filters. If you have baffle filters, you can use dish-washing soap and a bottle cleaner to clear out the grease in the filter. You can then wipe it down. Most stainless steel baffle filters are also dishwasher-friendly so you can put it through a cycle. You can also wash aluminum filters in the dishwasher. (Charcoal filters are not reusable; you have to replace these.) Let the filters dry and put them back in your under cabinet range hood.

Clean the exterior of your range hood with non-abrasive cleaner and non-abrasive cleaning materials. You can use dish-washing soap and a microfiber cloth.

Run the microwave. Don’t forget that the microwave can be a playground for old splattered food and undesirable bacteria. If this is one of your least favorite tasks, you can make a habit of microwaving a bowl of water and vinegar before you start wiping down this kitchen appliance. Doing so will loosen up some of the grime inside of the microwave and make the job easier.

Organize messy cabinets and drawers. If you’re sick of tackling cleaning jobs in the same areas, it may be time to re-organize some problem cabinets and drawers. Popular problem spots include under the kitchen sink and cabinets that hold pots and pans. Your best tool against clutter is a good system of organization.

You can update these cabinets with pull out shelves that make it easier to put away items and get to items when you need them. You can find do-it-yourself projects, and with a trip to the local hardware store, you can build your own pull out shelves for your cleaning supplies. You can also put your pots and pans in a pull out shelf to make them easy to put away and make it easier to keep the lids organized.

Good luck with your spring cleaning. It may not be your favorite way to spend a weekend but it sure will be worth it.

Exploring Under Cabinet Range Hoods

Under cabinet range hoods differ from wall mount range hoods and island range hoods in the way they are constructed and how they are mounted in the kitchen. They are still described with the same specifications, including CFM, sones, speed levels and duct work, and many are constructed of stainless steel. Under cabinet range hoods make it possible to mount a kitchen range hood under a cabinet above the cooking surface without having to remove the cabinet.

The power of an under cabinet range hood is measured in CFM, or cubic feet per minute. The noise level of all range hoods is measured using sones. The more sones listed, the louder the range hood will be. The sones emitted will depend upon the speed setting the range hood is working on. Additionally, like wall mount range hoods and island range hoods, under cabinet range hoods may be ducted or ductless. A ducted version will require the installation of duct work from the wall the range hood is mounted on. A ductless version will use charcoal grease filters and a re-circulating kit.

One cool version of under cabinet range hoods you may not have known about is a flush under cabinet range hood. The fronts of these models are flat so that they are flush with the cabinet above the cooking surface. Some of these models also pop out when you are ready to cook. When you are done cooking, you can push the range hood back to its compact form. This makes the under cabinet range hood less noticeable and more subtle. In this way, the model is partially hidden from view. Wall mount range hoods and island range hoods are often the focal point of the kitchen; this is not the case with under cabinet range hoods.

Note that under cabinet range hoods are still different from insert liner range hoods. Insert liner range hoods are completely hidden and have the controls on the bottom of the unit so they cannot be seen. These models are usually covered by a range hood exterior or used within custom cabinetry.

Under cabinet range hoods do not have chimneys and/or chimney extensions. Chimneys usually hide duct work on other types of range hoods but they are not necessary with under cabinet models. Also, these models are not for installation above a kitchen island. They are usually mounted beneath a cabinet. Sometimes, the duct work is run through the cabinet and out the kitchen wall.

An under cabinet range hood may be just what you need to provide ventilation in your kitchen. (Check the codes in your local area to see if it is required to install a range hood in residential kitchens.) Range hoods remove grease, smoke and odors from the kitchen, which makes the kitchen cleaner and makes breathing easier for people in the kitchen. If you have any questions about choosing a range hood, visit RangeHoodsInc.com and call our knowledgeable staff at 1-800-914-9775. We carry various models in different dimensions, colors and styles.

Types of Range Hoods for your Kitchen

There are different types of range hoods in various sizes, styles and colors for your kitchen. One of the biggest differences amongst models is the way in which the range hood is mounted into the kitchen. Different ways range hoods may be mounted in the kitchen include on a wall, over an island or under a cabinet.

Wall Mount Range Hoods

A wall mount range hood is placed against the wall above the stove in the kitchen. This ensures that the range hood is out of the way of the person cooking and is directly above the stove in order to properly ventilate the air pollution created while cooking food. The Cavaliere SV198D-SP36 36” Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Range Hood is an excellent example of a wall mount range hood for a residential home. It is built with stainless steel and tempered glass, includes two 35W halogen light bulbs for stovetop lighting and a soft-touch push button control.

Island Range Hoods

An island range hood is very similar to the wall mount range hood; the island range hood extends from the ceiling to ventilate the air emanating from an island with a stove. The range hood occupies unused space above the kitchen island for convenient kitchen ventilation. The Imperial IS2042PSB 42” Island Range with Baffle Filters is constructed with stainless steel and includes dual blowers.  Island range hoods may require an extension, but it depends upon the ceiling height.

Under Cabinet Range Hoods

Under cabinet range hoods accomplish the same purpose that other range hoods do in the kitchen. These models are smaller in order to save space by fitting under a cabinet above a stove. These may be the perfect option for a kitchen with low ceilings or an apartment. The Cavaliere-Euro AP238-PS13-30 30” Under-Cabinet Range Hood with Remote Control is an example of a range hood that mounts under a cabinet in the kitchen. It is complete with remote control, 900 CFM centrifugal blower and a dish-washer friendly stainless steel baffle filter.

Professional Range Hoods

RangeHoodsInc.com also carries a line of professional range hoods. Do not forget to browse through this section.

Range Hood Parts

There are different accessories available for range hoods. Keep them in mind when ordering your new unit. Parts include chimney extensions (for wall mount and island mount range hoods), re-circulation kits, ductless charcoal filters, ductless venting kits, electronic circuit boards, halogen bulbs, light wiring harness kits for wall and island mount, tempered glass, round duct venting tubes, wall mount extensions, aluminum filters and baffle filters.

Before purchasing your range hood, double check that you have properly measured your kitchen to ensure that the correct size is ordered. This will save you time and make installing your new range hood more convenient. While measuring for your range hood, consider the size of your stove, the amount of space between cabinets, the height of your kitchen ceiling and the height of the people using the stove. RangeHoodsInc.com carries a wide range of brands for you to choose from, including Whitehaus, Zephyr, Cavaliere, Imperial and Spagna Vetro kitchen range hoods.