If you are updating your kitchen cabinets or countertops, you are probably wondering whether you need a range hood in your new kitchen remodel.
For many years, Kitchen Ventilation was not used or even considered in a Kitchen Remodel.
Early on in Home Improvement we didn’t know if range hoods were needed or if they worked. In many cases, they only frustrated people with loud noises and ugly looks in the kitchen. This is definitely not true in many instances today. Millions of people have been relying on home builders and not professional designers to decide best what is best for them.
Today many range hoods are manufactured based on price points. Most are built overseas to save on manufacturing costs. It’s not a bad thing as we all like to save money and still have functionality in our kitchen space. But overseas usually means cheap and poor quality, as the manufacturers don’t want to build products they can’t sell potentially and the market, is flooded with too many choices.
Less quality and the sacrifice of reliability seems to be the trend, unless you’re willing to invest.
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Believe it or not, the range hood is one of the most important appliances in your kitchen.
They are protecting you, your family, and your dinner guests from carbon monoxide, grease, dangerous fumes, bad odors, heat and much more. If you just looked at your kitchen and realized that you do not have a range hood, here are some reasons why you should go out and get one.
The most important job of the range hood is to filter out and remove hazardous air pollutants that come from cooking. Smoke, grease, and steam caused by cooking remain in the kitchen, coating the walls and being inhaled by the cook. The essential feature of the range hood, the blower (fan, motor), sucks up all those pollutants and carries them out of the house (ducted installation) or filters the air (ductless/recirculating installation).
There is a reason why most carbon monoxide detectors are put in or near the kitchen – household cooking and heating equipment and appliances are the main source of carbon monoxide poisoning. There is a reason for the old adage, “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Cooking produces a lot of heat, as well as generating smoke and steam. Range hoods provide relief for the cook and protection to your new kitchen remodel by cooling off the area.
When shopping for range hoods you have many things you need to consider, and it’s not easy. Who knew you are required to meet building codes when installing a range hood? Most residential building codes do not require a range hood above a stove or cook top, but you’d be wise to ensure your locale is not the exception. Even if it’s not legally required, you should think long and hard before forgoing a hood altogether.
One company that has focused on value and quality and yes is manufactured mostly overseas is Zephyr. Zephyr range hoods are in a similar price range as many range hood brands such as Golden Vantage, Broan-Nutone and Best. Zephyr range hoods are built on the Italian line of design mostly, and yet they do have an extensive selection of styles to choose. Price also has been excellent for these models. If you like what you see, we recommend Zephyr hoods as one to check out. If budget is not a concern and you want a beautiful island hood that actually can be considered art, I would recommend the Zephyr Cheng Collections Trapeze Hood. Price range depends on size but expects to spend about four to six thousand for the piece of art.
We like to get our hoods at Z line Kitchens and Bath located in Columbus, Ohio.
These local guys are easy to work with, always willing to help and even have ways for you to order through their online store. You can check out the links below for the different styles of Range Hoods for your next Kitchen Remodel.
Not all Range Hoods are created equally.
Range hoods are designed to collect airborne grease, moisture and cooking odors. Here’s a quick rundown of the kitchen ventilation systems you’ll want to consider.
Under Cabinet Ventilation System
The economical choice when it comes to vent hoods is a non-ducted under-cabinet hood. Starting as low as $50, these basic units recirculate the air back into the kitchen, trapping a portion of the grease and odors in replaceable filters. The performance of under-cabinet models is boosted significantly when ducted outdoors. It may duct directly out the back, may go up through the cabinet or, may go up a little and then out the back. You may lose some storage in the cabinet above the range because of this. Ducted models are priced higher and mainly due to counting the price of installation. For the basic under cabinet style hoods with low cfm try the famous Zephyr Breeze AK1100S this is a hood with 250cfm and halogen lights.
Wall Mounted Range Hood System
These mid-range vent hoods combine form and function in a moderately priced appliance. Unlike under-cabinet models, these units are installed against the wall of the kitchen. These may have a decorative chimney, or soffit, to line up with the top of your cabinets or to disappear into your ceiling. They are called “chimney-style” because their shape pyramidal base with a rising rectangular column resembles the shape of a home chimney.
Island Mounted Chimney Hood System
Also called “Ceiling-mounted Range Hoods,” these higher-end models are suspended from the ceiling over the kitchen’s cooking island or next to the wall over the range. Dramatic in scale and placement, these popular hoods come in sleek European glass styles, chunky pro-style stainless, and pretty much everything in between. You may choose to hang it higher to avoid blocking a view and, if so, it will need more coverage than it would in a wall mount situation. We recommend at least an additional 3″ all round, so a 30″ stove would require a 36″ hood. It will also need more CFM to compensate for the extra height and for breezes passing through your kitchen.
Downdraft Ventilation System
Downdraft systems typically are built-in as part of the range; they’re often located on the stove top near the burners. The other style of downdraft system is the pop-up type. This vent remains flush with the cooking surface until you need it; with the push of a button, the vent will rise 8 to 10 inches above the cooking surface. Done cooking? Push a button and it disappears again.
Both types of downdraft units use fans to pull air through a filter, into ductwork that runs beneath the floor or above the cabinets and – generally – outdoors. Their camouflage quality makes downdraft vents ideal for use in kitchen islands and peninsulas. The pop-up style downdraft ventilation system is more efficient than the flush mount type, but neither is as effective at removing cooking pollutants as updraft (range hood) ventilation systems.
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