Thinking about buying a new Range Hood and feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the choices? Let us help you make that decision a little easier. Today we’re going to go over the different types of range hoods and some of the ventilation options to give you a better idea of what you need for your kitchen.
Before we get too into detail, let’s start with the basics. What does a range hood do?
The purpose of having a range hood is to help trap grease and reduce cooking smells, heat, smoke, and condensation by either dispersing them into the air or extracting them outside depending on the style of range hood you choose.
For a range hood to be effective it should at the very least be as wide as the range, preferably with an extra 3 inches on either side at standard mounting height. The higher you mount the hood, the larger it needs to be so be sure to check the manufacturer recommendations before installing.
So now that we’ve gone over what the range hood should do, let’s talk a little bit about the different types you can choose from.
Under Cabinet Mount
A popular style of range hood is an Under Cabinet Mount model. This type of range hood is fixed to the bottom of the cabinet and either connects to duct work behind the vent, up through the cabinet, or pulls the air up and back out horizontally into the kitchen. Although you may lose a bit of cabinet space, this style range hood is compatible with many kitchens and most people typically don’t use the cabinets above their range on a day to day basis.
This style of range hood is a bit less common. A Downdraft Hood is hidden in the cook top, and only pops up when in use. This type of hood typically pulls those cooking smells, smoke, and heat across the top of the range and down into floor ducts. Some feel that this style of hood may not be the most effective, but they are convenient if you have a cook top on your island or peninsula in your kitchen and don’t want a ceiling hood.
A Wall Mount Hood is another popular style of range hood. Much like the name suggests, this type of range hood is affixed to the wall and used when there are not cabinets above the range. This style typically features a decorative chimney that meets the ceiling. Most can either be ducted or vented, which we’ll talk about more in a little bit.
Power Packs are meant for custom solutions and designs. They can be inserted inside of custom made range hoods or built into the bottom of the cabinetry. When choosing this option, it is best to consult with a professional first.
Ceiling or Island Mount
Island or Ceiling Hoods hang from the ceiling, and are sometimes called Chimney Hoods. This style of range hood is intended for cook tops on an island or peninsula and are available in many styles. Because this type of hood is typically higher up than a traditional range hood, they do have to be on the bigger side in order to be effective.
Vented / Ducted vs Recirculated
In addition to there being many different styles to choose from, another decision you will have to make is which type of ventilation is right for your kitchen. It is strongly recommended to vent or duct your range hood to the outside if possible. This will be easier to do if the range is on an exterior wall. If it is not, it is still possible, but a more powerful hood will be required to force the air that greater distance. You should NEVER run duct exhaust for your range hood to an attic or basement.
If ducting is not feasible for your home or budget, you can opt for a Non-Vented or Recirculated model. This type of range hood pulls the air through a filter (usually a charcoal filter) then recirculates it back into the kitchen. They are not as efficient as a ducted model, but they do still help.
It’s important to note that to keep any Range Hood working efficiently, you will have to change or wash the filter and grease trap every few months depending on the model and usage levels.
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Written by: Sarah Walker