Choosing a Range Hood For A Kitchen Remodeling Project
Over-the-range hoods are a stylish and practical feature for the home cook’s kitchen. Because of the popularity of this feature, and the various makes and models, adding a professional range hood to your kitchen is more accessible than ever.
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Why do you need a range hood?
Range hoods prevent your home from being overwhelmed by odors and grease from the cooking you do each day. Cooking foods like lamb chops, bacon and even a slow-simmering sauce, yield odors and grease into the air that stick to walls, art, furniture and other fabrics. One way to draw these fumes outside of the kitchen and away from areas you’d like to keep smelling fresh is a range hood. Because this feature involves ductwork and venting, there are often regulations and building requirements when it comes to installing range hoods. Our designers have ample experience in kitchen design and know the requirements in the Dallas Fort Worth area. If your planning a kitchen remodel (read more about our kitchen remodeling in Dallas, Tx), give us a call to find out how these rules apply in your town (800)-371-8970 or Click Here to submit your details and we’ll contact you.
Right-sizing a range hood
There are basic rules of thumb to pair the cooktop’s energy production with the hood’s oil- and grease-sucking power. For every 100 Btu, you need 1 cfm of ventilation power. For example, a professional-grade range with 90,000 Btu would require a range hood that has 900 cfm. The recommended cfm reflects what is needed to properly vent the cooktop burners, so if your cooktop includes an indoor grilling component, you should choose a hood with more power.
When it comes to the physical size of the unit, it should be larger than the cooktop area, especially if you are looking at professional-grade ranges. If you are going to the effort to install a professional range hood, don’t skimp. In this case, going bigger is better.
Many kitchens opt for a duct-free range hood installed under the cabinets. These include a fan, typically with two speed, that draw fumes from the range through a filter and back into the kitchen. These units do little to reduce smoke or odors and we do not recommend this style for regular home cooks.
Proper kitchen ventilation requires ductwork that draws fumes and odors outside of the home. Depending on the location of your range, you have some choices as to how this is done. Ductwork can be routed through a chase, soffit or chimney.If the range is located on an exterior wall, ductwork can be installed to vent to the outside directly behind the range hood. Island hoods can be vented through ductwork in the ceiling.
A downdraft hood is another option, which aims to remove the smoke and fumes through an exhaust system on the floor. As most people know, heat rises and there’s little evidence these units are as effective as they claim. For that reason, we do not recommend this kind of product.
All-in-one or insert and shell?
Here comes the fun part. Choosing the type of range hood will determine the exterior look. Do you envision a classic stainless steel or a dramatic shell? Your decision could impact the kind of range hood you buy.
There are two kinds of range hoods. The all-in-one hood comes with the blower fan and outer shell built together. These typically have a classic kitchen look, made of durable and attractive materials like stainless steel. Insert and shell allows customers to choose the interior blower components with the shell they want separately. This is handy for homeowners who want extra power, but also have a specific shell in mind. Typically, companies that produce insert and shell models are higher-end products, giving homeowners even more options. Manufacturers like Broan, Zephyr, Viking and Wolf offer high-end professional grade products that are both highly functional and stylish.
If you are planning a kitchen remodel and have questions about what range hood is right for your kitchen, contact Joseph & Berry. Our kitchen designers are available to talk to you about your plans and answer questions. Call us now at (800) 371-8970