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How To Install A Range Hood Chimney

april 24

Many of the range hoods we sell come with the option of a chimney extension. Newer homes tend to be built with 9 foot, 10 foot, or taller ceilings. If you’re purchasing a range hood that is mounted under the cabinets, then the height of the ceiling really doesn’t matter. All that changes when you are trying to fit a range hood over an island or you plan to wall mount it. In that case, you’ll need to add a chimney extension onto the range hood’s existing ductwork.

Take these steps first.

  1. Before choosing your perfect range hood, make sure you measure the ceiling height accurately.
  2. Measure the height of your stove. Most stoves are standard height. Some though, are taller or shorter. You’ll need to know how tall it is in order to get the next step right.
  3. Measure your range hood. This step sounds unnecessary. But, a range hood needs to be installed at a particular height above the stove (check the manufacturer’s suggestion). That measurement will help determine how many chimney pieces you’ll need.

Need more help? Give us a call! We’ll help you do the math for your own kitchen.

How much CFM does my Range Need?

When purchasing your kitchen range hood, a lot of questions will be running through your mind as you try to balance your wants and needs with the various specifications of each range hood you look at. There are some rules of thumb for choosing range hood specifications. For example, you can determine how many CFMs you need in a range hood by looking at the BTUs in your kitchen range and looking at the width of your range.

The range, whether it’s electrical, gas or duel, is used to cook food in the kitchen. The cooking process, because of chemical reactions, produces smoke, grease, smells, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. A kitchen range hood is there to ventilate these byproducts to the outside of the home. A ductless range hood ventilates the kitchen by filtering the air and re-circulating it back.

CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. This unit describes how much air flow the range hood is capable of moving; this is also known as the power behind the range hood. Some range hoods have as little as 150 CFM, while others come with as much as 1000 CFM. The amount of CFM you will need in your range hood will depend upon the specifications of the range you have installed or are planning on installing.

The Home Ventilating Institute recommends 1 CFM per every 100 BTU. BTU stands for British Thermal Units and describes how much energy the range gives off while it’s working. Technically, 1 BTU is equal to 1055 joules and is equal to the energy needed to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. BTUs are also used in the air conditioning industry.

1 CFM = 100 BTU

You can also calculate CFM with the width of the range in feet (12 inches is equal to one foot). It is estimated that you need 100 CFM for every foot of range. For example, a range that measures 24 inches will need approximately 200 CFM, while a range that measures 48 inches will need 400 CFM. However, if the range is located on a kitchen island and an island range hood is needed, it is recommended to have 150 CFM for every foot of range hood. So, if your range is 24 inches wide, you will need 300 CFM, and if you range is 48 inches wide, you will need 450 CFM in your range hood.

100 CFM = 12 inches of range width (for wall mount range hoods)

150 CFM = 12 inches of range width (for island range hoods)

Therefore, the amount of CFM you need depends upon the amount of heat the range in your kitchen gives off; you may also be able to calculate the CFM based on the width of your range. CFM may also depend on other factors, including how much frying you do, the volume of your kitchen, range hood height and noise level. You can browse range hoods on RangeHoodsInc.com.


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.

Range Hood Height

Installing a new kitchen range hood can be an exciting experience. Cooking at home is about to become a lot easier. Remember to install your new range hood at the proper height to ensure the best kitchen ventilation possible with your unit. This article will go over some basic information on the height at which range hoods should be mounted in the kitchen.

Make sure to check the instructions or the manual that came with your range hood. The height at which the range hood should be mounted will depend upon specific factors. These include the type of range hood, the specifications of the range hood and the type of cooking surface. The instructions should tell you exactly how many inches the range hood should be away from the cooking surface.

In general, most range hoods are mounted between 26 inches and 36 inches from the cooking surface in an interior kitchen. Some range hoods are mounted as low as 18 inches from the cooking surface. Outdoor range hoods are mounted 36 inches above the barbeque or outdoor cooking surface. Range hoods vary in how they are mounted in the home, including wall mount range hoods, under cabinet range hoods and island range hoods.

Wall mount range hoods are generally mounted 30 inches above the cooking surface. Under cabinet range hoods are mounted a little lower at 21 inches to 27 inches, depending upon the size of the range hood. Thus, range hood height may be determined in part by which type of range hood you have. Island range hoods need to be more powerful and wider to collect smoke, grease and smells.

If you choose to mount you range hood lower than the recommended distance from the cooking surface, you may end up damaging the unit because of excessive heat. On the other hand, if you install the range hood too far away from the cooking surface, it will not be able to properly ventilate the kitchen air. If you choose to mount your range hood farther than the recommended distance, then you will need to purchase a more powerful range hood and a larger range hood.

More powerful range hood models have higher CFM. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute, which describes how much air the range hood can move. The minimum CFM you need in your kitchen may depend upon the range hood height, the stove top width or the BTU of the stove top. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, which describe how much heat the stove top creates.

You will also want to consider convenience while planning the distance from the stove top to the range hood. This means that your height may determine where you want the range hood to sit. This will affect how you interact with the appliance, including using the stove top lighting and using the control panel.

Always check the manual that came with your range hood, or call us at 1-800-914-9775 if you have questions about a range hood from Range Hoods Inc.

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.