Range hoods have become important kitchen appliance for several reasons. It collects smoke, oil, grease and odor produced while cooking, and throws them out of your kitchen. It also gets you rid of irritating smoke chafing your throat. Without range hoods, the oily smoke might stick on your kitchen walls or on your clothes. Having range hoods in the kitchen will make your kitchen look neat and tidy.
Range hoods are available in various shapes, sizes and designs. Each type has its own strengths and weaknesses. Thus, it is necessary that you understand these differences and make your choice based on your needs when buying. Here are a few factors that you need to consider.
Factor#1 Types of Range Hoods:
Range hoods are of two types: vented and ductless. The vented hood will suck in the smoke and direct it out of the home. The ductless hoods are equipped with circulation fans that suck in the smoke, filter the air, and direct the air back to the kitchen.
In terms of design, vented hoods are bulkier as they require channel for the installation, while ductless are slimmer. Performance wise vented hoods are much more powerful and efficient in pulling air and thrusting it out than ductless. Of course, as the installation of vented hood is complicated, it is costlier to install. Despite the fact, the experts will still recommend vented hood for long and effective usage.
Factor#2 Aesthetic Design and Look:
Range hood forms a central element in your kitchen because of its obtrusive structure. Several designs, finishes and personalized designs offer customers a wide range of choices that can go great along with the rest of the elements and design of the kitchen. You can consider wall-mounted range hoods, ceiling hoods and island vent hoods.
Factor#3 Technical Compatibility:
The hood you are selecting must be powerful enough for the smoke produced in your kitchen. For this, check the total wattage of stove or boiler in the kitchen. Multiply the total wattage by 3 to get BTU (British Thermal Units) and then divide it by 100 to get CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute). Once you get CFM, check it with the hood’s CFM you wish to buy. The ideal hood will be with equal or more CFM than calculated CFM. A vented hood is efficient if it is capable enough to pull in the heat output from your stove.
Maintaining the hood is also important and so its cost. You need to check whether the hood you are choosing follow simple maintenance methods. It should be easy to clean and maintain, and in case of damage, the parts should be easily available and replaceable. Check that the material used should not corrode when washed with soap.
Considering all above factors, you can buy range hood based on your needs that will last for years to come.
Author Bio: Colleen McAvery is a blogger and one of the reputed appliance best sellers who has a strong background in market research and sales of kitchen appliances. She has been using wall-mounted range hoods for many years and provides useful tips and suggestions when buying the range hood.