3 Factors To Consider When Selecting A Range Hood

Posted on: 28 June 2017

Proper kitchen ventilation is necessary for removing odors and smoke from your home. Without the ventilation, grease can sometimes build up in certain areas of the room. To help you select the right ventilation for your home, here are some factors to consider when buying a range hood.  

Hood Width 

One of the most important factors to consider when selecting a range hood is the width of the hood. The hood needs to be wide enough to cover the surface of your stove so that it adequately collects cooking smoke.  

Ideally, the hood should be at least the same width as the cooking surface. However, a hood that is slightly wider will be more effective in collecting and dissipating the smoke. It is also better for kitchens in which there is a high volume of cooking done. 

Configuration and Installation

Another factor to consider when selecting a range hood is whether or not you want a duct or ductless configuration. A ducted installation involves collecting the air from the range hood and pushing it outdoors. With a ductless installation, the air is essentially cleaned and pushed back into the kitchen.  

Each configuration has its benefits. For instance, a ducted installation results in less noise in your kitchen. A ductless installation is slightly nosier, but it can be installed almost anywhere. You will not be limited in where you place your cooking surface. You can even install the stove in your kitchen island. 

Mounting Height 

Even after you have decided on the hood width and configuration, you still need to consider the mounting height. The hood's effectiveness is diminished if it is installed too far away from the cooking surface. The cooking smoke and grease will be pushed out into your kitchen before the hood has the chance to filter the smoke or push it outdoors.  

Check the stove's owner's manual to determine what the recommended installation height is. You could also refer to the hood's manual. Remember, the higher cooking volume there is, the more smoke is produced. If the cooking volume is consistently high, you might have to consider adjusting the hood to collect more of the smoke.  

There are many other factors to consider when buying a range hood. Consult with an appliance company, like Oliver Dyer's Appliance, to learn more about the different hoods that are available for your home and to determine which one would ultimately be the right choice.