What to Look for in a Kitchen Hood System
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, you’re probably more concerned about choosing cabinets and appliances than deciding which range hood is right for your home. However, a hood system is essential for keeping your kitchen free of cooking odors and pollutants, and it also enhances kitchen security. Here are some helpful tips to guide you in the kitchen hood selection process.
- Configuration of Your Kitchen
There are many flexible options for installing and mounting range hoods, making it easy to find one you can integrate into your kitchen’s layout. You can find hoods that mount on walls, over cooking islands or into your cabinets. Telescoping retractable models are also available that you can conceal when not in use.
Most kitchen security experts recommend mounting a hood approximately 24-30 inches above the cooking surface, so you’ll need to take that into account when choosing your hood system.
- Duct vs. Duct-Free
You can choose between ducted and ductless kitchen hood systems. The former uses a ventilation system that transports air away from the cooking area to the outside of your home — therefore, it is typically mounted on an exterior wall. A ductless hood filters the air and returns it to the interior of your home. A ducted model is generally more efficient and requires less maintenance than a ductless hood.
- Fan Power
Your kitchen hood should have a fan that’s powerful enough to remove odors based on the size of your kitchen. Range hood power/performance is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM), which indicates the amount of air the hood can remove per minute of operation.
To determine the appropriate range hood CFM for your kitchen, simply calculate the volume of the room by multiplying the length, height and width. For example, if your kitchen measures 10’ x 10’ x 12’, you should choose a hood system with a CFM of at least 1200.
If you’re not fond of the noise that many kitchen hood systems produce, choosing a model with adjustable settings will allow you to control the volume to a degree. If possible, purchase your system from a vendor or store with a showroom where you can see/hear the system in action before making a purchase.
- Safety Features to Look for in a Kitchen Hood System
There are numerous kitchen hood system safety features that vary based on the manufacturer and model. Key features include temperature sensors that automatically shut the unit off if the temperature exceeds a certain level, automated fire extinguishing systems and LED lighting for enhanced illumination and visibility while cooking.
Kitchen hoods come in a wide range of styles to fit just about any kitchen design. The price you end up paying will depend on factors such as size, power and which kitchen hood system features you prefer.
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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.