Everyone in your house loves the delicious smell of the food you are cooking. But what about the smoke and unpleasant odor which are also the byproducts of cooking on a gas stove? And also, what about the grease particles ruining the walls of your kitchen?
You buy a range hood for the gas stove to force the smoke and bad smell out of your house. Range hoods come in different sizes and shapes, each having a unique set of features. So how do you decide which one would suit your kitchen the best?
Here are a few key considerations to keep in mind while making the purchase:
The Venting Ability
The primary job of range hood is to vent the trapped heat, fume, and moisture to keep the indoor air fresh. How effectively it does so is the first thing you need to check. Range hoods for stove utilize either ducted or duct-less exhaust system.
Ducts push the contaminated air and grease out of your kitchen to the outside via ducts. Ductless range hoods filter the polluted air and recirculate it to keep the air fresh.
Ductless range hoods are easy to install, easy on the pocket, and suitable for small kitchens. Also, if your apartment has restrictions against installing a ducted system, a ductless model is your safest bet.
On the other hand, ducted models typically use aluminum grease filters which need to be cleaned periodically. Installing the ducted system can be time-consuming. However, once correctly installed, this would be much more effective than their ductless counterparts.
The Energy Needs
Range hoods energy is rated by CFM (cubic feet per minute). It indicates how much air a range hood can draw in a minute. In simple terms, a 100 CFM range hood can vent the atmosphere of 1 linear foot of range in one minute. If your kitchen is spacious, you will need a high power range hood to remove all the smoky air.
Calculating the kitchen space volume will make your work easy. It will help you choose the ideal range hood size for the kitchen. The formula to calculate kitchen volume is:
Kitchen ceiling height x kitchen width= volume.
Ducted range hoods generally have a much higher CFM than ductless models due to their different mechanisms.
Figuring Out The Right Size
Before you go out to make a purchase, make sure to determine how much space can spare in the kitchen for the hood.
Ideally, the hood should be attached 24-30 inches above the gas stove. If your budget isn’t an issue then go for a model of the same width as your cooktop.
Wall-mounts, under cabinet, and island range hoods come in a variety of size options to suit your kitchen space. However, if you have a tight cooking space, you can consider downdraft kitchen hoods.
The Number And Intensity Of Fan Speeds
Most range hood models offer three fan speeds for venting while some upscale models have 5-6 speed options. You won’t need more than three speeds unless you have a huge kitchen and you cook a lot. Choose the highest fan speed when you are doing some heavy-duty cooking. It might get noisy around, but it will vent faster, saving you more energy in the way.
Cleaning And Maintenance
Kitchen range hoods filters require periodic cleaning, especially the ducted systems. Your goal is to search a model that uses easy-to-remove and easy-to-clean filters. If you wish to avoid the hassle altogether, a ductless range hood with replaceable filters is your best bet.
The Bottom Line
Price does play a significant role too, but you shouldn’t worry about it too much while buying a dangerous gadget like the range hood. Remember that range hoods are a long-term investment. When you buy new, you expect it to last for years. So make to put your trust only in a well-acknowledged brand.
Top brands use every means at their disposal to ensure excellent build quality, durability, and functionality. As long as the brand is unique and the model features correctly fits the bill, you are going in the right direction.