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Do Range Hoods Have to be Vented Outside?

Do range hoods have to be vented outside?

Have you ever wondered, “Do range hoods have to be vented outside?” If so, you’re not the only one. In fact, it’s a common question most people have when purchasing or considering a range hood for a kitchen.

For many homeowners, there are often a lot of unknowns when it comes to range hoods. You know that if you have a kitchen mishap and your food starts smoking, as you fan your smoke detectors with your kitchen towel, you reach over and flip on the vent from your range hood.

As the smoke begins to dissipate, you may find yourself questioning – where does it go? How does the vent work? Believe it or not, this much-needed appliance is not magic but rather a simple machine that helps you breathe in the freshest air while cooking.

If you don’t currently have one, don’t worry – you can easily install one in your kitchen, as range hoods do not have to be vented outside.

The Purpose of a Range Hood

Every time you cook, you are potentially releasing toxins and carcinogens into your kitchen. Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are carcinogenic chemicals that come from cooking meat, poultry, and fish at high temperatures. Acrylamide is like an HCA that comes from vegetables and grains rather than meat. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are additional carcinogens that come from cooking over an open flame. And this is in addition to formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and nitrous dioxide, to name a few.

Just so you understand this right, everyone in your kitchen may be exposed to these toxins when you cook. And it even includes your kids.

This is where a range hood comes in.

You flip it on, and the dirty air gets sucked out, including the steam, heat, odor, smoke, etc. The result? You and your loved ones are left with healthy, clean air to breathe, and you don’t have to smell last night’s fish when you open your eyes in the morning.

Ducted and Ductless Range Hoods

The purpose of a range hood may be to give you clean air to breathe, but it doesn’t always happen in the same way. There are two different types of range hoods – ducted and ductless.

A ducted range hood is one that is attached to ducts that go from your kitchen to the outdoors. In other words, when you turn it on, it pulls all the air from your kitchen and carries it through the ductwork that has been installed throughout your home. It will be released outside your home so that you are only left with clean air to breathe.

The problem with a ducted range hood is that not everyone has them. And, let’s be real – installing ductwork throughout your home is a big investment, as well as a time-consuming one. You don’t have to worry about not moving forward with this big project and being stuck with unhealthy air in your kitchen. Instead, you can opt for a ductless range hood.

Ductless range hoods work just as well as ducted hoods, but they don’t need to be vented outside. So, how do they work? It’s simple. Using commercial-grade baffle filters, the dirty air is sucked up into the unit and then filtered and returned to your kitchen – without the toxins.

Both of these range hood options are effective.

Advantages of a Ductless Range Hood

Ductless range hoods that filter and recirculate the air are great options for kitchens that don’t have ductwork already installed or those with inconvenient layouts. Also, they are perfect for condos and apartments. They can be installed on the wall above the range or even underneath cabinets. If you have an island, you can even add a ceiling range hood over the range or cooktop.

Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits that come with a ductless range hood:

-Convenient to install

-Can be installed anywhere in the kitchen without having to make sure it is near pipes or ducts that are vented outside

Baffle filters are easy to clean so that you always have clean air to breathe

-More affordable option when compared to ducted vent hoods

-Can be installed and used in an apartment or condo

-Works well to effectively remove toxins and unhealthy air

-Long-lasting and easy to care for

Boost home value

Limitations of a Ductless Range Hood

It is important to note the limitation of a ductless range hood. While they work beautifully to remove all the carcinogens, toxins, and odors that come from your delicious cooking, there is something that they cannot remove. Heat and humidity, unfortunately, cannot be removed from the kitchen with a ductless range hood. The reason for this is that it works by filtering the air and then recirculating it into the kitchen.

ducted range hood that vents outside will pull that hot, steamy air and carry it straight out of the kitchen. As a result, you are left with cooler air – and allow your AC to not work as hard. But since not all kitchens are equipped to handle a ducted range hood, the ductless option is a great alternative despite this limitation.

Features to Look For in a Ductless Range Hood

There are many different range hoods on the market – especially when it comes to those that don’t need to be vented outside. So, it is important that you know what features are available so you can be sure you are getting the best deal on your investment.

A few key features to look out for include the following:

-LED lighting to illuminate your cooking area

-Quiet operation

-Commercial-style baffle filters (these are easy to clean)

-Push button controls that are easy to operate

-Stainless steel finish (these are easy to clean, too!)

As you embark on your journey to investing in healthy kitchen air for your family, keep these features in mind.

Shop THOR for Range Hoods

So, do range hoods have to be vented outside? No.

If you do not have ventilation ductwork already built in your kitchen leading outdoors, this can be a large project to take on. But don’t let that deter you from fresh air. Ductless vent hoods work just as well and will give you the results you are looking for. It’s definitely worth the investment, especially when you purchase from THOR Kitchen.

What is a Convertible Vent Hood?

What is a convertible vent hood?

Have you ever woken up in the morning to your house smelling like last night’s dinner? Have you ever come home from work and walked into a house still smelling like that same dinner? It does not matter how much you enjoyed that dinner, nobody wants to continuously smell it days later. The good news is that you can keep your home smelling clean and fresh with the help of a convertible vent hood.

The Importance of a Vent Hood

Sometimes referred to as a range hood, this appliance is an addition to your kitchen that is installed over your range and designed to keep the air fresh. And once you hear why you need a vent hood, you won’t think twice about having one. You may think that it is just to remove the odors left behind from your stellar cooking skills, but a vent hood is so much more than that.

When you cook on your stove, a lot is being released into the air, including heat, smoke, steam, food debris, and grease. Even carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and other toxins have the potential to be released into the air. Breathing in all of these things cannot be good for you.

A vent hood is designed to remove all of these from your kitchen so that you only have the freshest, cleanest, and safest air to breathe. And who doesn’t prefer clean air?

How a Vent Hood Works: Ducted or Ductless

30 Inch Professional Range Hood, 11 Inches Tall in Stainless Steel

30 Inch Professional Range Hood, 11 Inches Tall in Stainless Steel

A vent hood can work in two main ways. Not every home is designed to handle each type of vent hood. Understanding the options available can help you to determine which type of hood will fit best in your kitchen.

Ducted vent hoods, such as THOR Kitchen’s 30-inch professional range hood, use a vent fan to pull the smoke, steam, toxins, and the like from the kitchen and carry it outdoors. This is done through a vent or ductwork that is built into the home. It allows for the dirty air to be pulled out so that only fresh air remains. For those who have ductwork or a vent fan in place already, a ducted vent hood may be a great option. However, for those that don’t, this can often involve quite an extensive project.

Ductless vent hoods are, as their name suggests, one that works without a duct. This is for those kitchens that don’t have ductwork in place to carry the dirty air outside. These use a fan to pull in the steam, smoke, odors, toxins, etc., from a kitchen and run it through filters. The filter then removes the harmful, unwanted pollutants and returns the clean air back to the kitchen.

Both types work equally well in giving your home a rejuvenated airflow. Choosing the right one for your kitchen is a matter of preference.

What is a Convertible Vent Hood?

36 Inch Professional Wall Mount Pyramid Range Hood

36 Inch Professional Wall Mount Pyramid Range Hood

A convertible car allows you to drive it like a regular car with the top closed. Or, it allows you to drive with the top down for some open freedom. In other words, you have options. Well, the same holds true for a convertible vent hood.

With a convertible vent hood, like this 36-inch professional wall mount pyramid range hood, you can connect it to a duct or use it with the vent fan and filter. It is like having the best of both worlds. If you currently do not have a ducted ventilation system, you can use a convertible system with a vent filter. And you can continue to use this for as long as you own your home or for the life of the vent hood. In fact, many people do this. However, if you intend to one day have a ducted system installed, investing in a convertible vent hood gives you the ability to simply switch over – or convert to the other method of ventilation.

Pros and Cons of Each Vent Hood

So, are all vent hoods great? Well, let’s just say that all vent hoods do their job, and if they are of high quality, they do that job superbly. It is important to note, though, that each type of vent hood (like anything else) has its pros and cons. In your quest to discover the right vent hood for your kitchen, let’s take a look at a few of them.

Ducted Vent Hoods

With powerful fans, these vent hoods succeed at removing the unclean air from your kitchen with no chance of it coming back. In fact, it is headed outside. Many find this type to be a little quieter than the alternative.

On the downside, ducted vent hoods are a little more involved when installing. They will have to be installed directly where the ductwork is – which means you have to get something that fits the measurements of the space perfectly, and you won’t be able to move it elsewhere. And, of course, if you don’t have ductwork built in already, it will require that to be done first.

Ductless Vent Hoods

Remember, this type of range hood is ductless and can be placed wherever your range is. They come in different models and don’t require specific placement. The baffle filters that they use to clean the air can be removed, cleaned, and then returned.

On the downside, they do require maintenance, such as cleaning the filters. And they do tend to be only slightly louder than a ducted vent hood – but not in a disruptive way. Finally, because it is removing air, filtering it, and then returning it, the steamy humidity doesn’t get removed as well as it does with a ducted unit.

In all, both ducted and ductless vent hoods offer a great service to you and your kitchen. Finding the right one to meet your needs will help everything fall into place. With a convertible vent hood, you get the incredible qualities of both types of units.

Must-Have Convertible Vent Hoods

If you are interested in making the air in your kitchen feel much better and more breathable, then it is time to get a range hood. Take a look at the space over your range and determine your measurements. Then, look for the best high-quality convertible vent hood for your space when you shop THOR Kitchen.

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Tony Award Winner Annaleigh Ashford returns to her childhood home in Denver to give her recently retired mother, Holli, the home renovation of her dreams. After years of making Annaleigh’s ambitions her priority, Annaleigh gets to give her mother (and father) an unforgettable gift: a brand-new living room, dining room, kitchen and TV room, equipped with an entertainment center and custom-built bar. While taking a break from renovating, Annaleigh receives an emotional surprise as well, a visit from the cast of “Ruthless,” the very first show she performed in. Air Date: Aug 19, 2022

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Check out the products featured in Annaleigh’s mother’s new THOR Kitchen!

36 Inch Electric Range

The THOR Kitchen 36 Inch Professional Electric Range is a stainless-steel machine that is designed with powerful features and functionality. This range features a smooth glass top that is easy to clean and five heating element zones that give you the ultimate cooking flexibility. From a 100W warming zone to a high-powered 3,000W LightningBoil™ Element, this range gives you the power to master any meal. Learn more here.

36 Inch Professional Wall Mount Pyramid Range Hood

The 36 Inch Wall Mount Range Hood in Stainless Steel adds a sleek, modern look to your kitchen and is designed to eliminate odors, smoke and steam quietly and efficiently. Fish on the plate? Good. The lingering aroma of fish in every room? Not so good. Learn more here.

 

36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator

Let’s keep everything as cool, crisp, cold and/or frozen as the recipe calls for, shall we? Answering the call is THOR Kitchen’s 36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator. Inside is where the magic happens, you’ll find two freezer drawers, a full-width chiller drawer and a Dual Cooling system that separates the refrigerator and freezer zones. Moisture, odor transfer and freezer burn? Gone. Compliments on meals? Way, way up. Learn more here. 

 

24 Inch Built-in Dishwasher

Whether entertaining for one or hosting a full-blown dinner party, things generally get a little messy.  That’s where a THOR Kitchen dishwasher is a thing of beauty.  You’ll find useful features like a multiple filtration system for optimal performance using less water and energy, and a Smart Wash System that determines the cycle to use depending on the soil level of the load.  Plus four hardworking sprayer arms, delay start and a handy detergent/rinse aid dispenser.  It’s a well-crafted machine that never met a meal it didn’t love. Learn more here.

 

24 Inch Indoor Outdoor Refrigerator Drawer

THOR Kitchen’s 24 Inch Indoor Outdoor Refrigerator Drawer in Stainless Steel is freestanding and rated for both indoor and outdoor use. So, add it to the man cave or keep it out by the grill. With its sleek stainless steel design, LED lighting and soft close drawers, how can something meant to refrigerate look so darn hot? Learn more here.

 

 

15 Inch Built-In Ice Maker

An entertainer’s dream, the 15 inch built in Ice Maker is the perfect complement to any home refrigeration suite. Keep plenty of fresh ice on hand with an icemaker that produces 50 pounds of ice a day and stores up to 25 pounds of ice in a large capacity bin. Featuring a built-in pump, the Ice Maker is easy to install in any kitchen or residential wet bar. Learn more here.

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Grammy Award winner and reality TV personality Kandi Burruss returns home to Atlanta, Ga., to surprise her Aunt Bertha with a renovation of her home, which has served as the hub for family gatherings for decades. In a trip down memory lane, Kandi takes Nischelle to the Old Lady Gang southern eatery for a meal with some childhood friends. Air Date: Sep 2, 2022

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Check out the products featured in Kandi’s aunt’s new THOR Kitchen!

36 Inch Electric Range

The THOR Kitchen 36 Inch Professional Electric Range is a stainless-steel machine that is designed with powerful features and functionality. This range features a smooth glass top that is easy to clean and five heating element zones that give you the ultimate cooking flexibility. From a 100W warming zone to a high-powered 3,000W LightningBoil™ Element, this range gives you the power to master any meal. Learn more here.

36 Inch Professional Wall Mount Pyramid Range Hood

The 36 Inch Professional Wall Mount Range Hood in Stainless Steel adds a sleek, modern look to your kitchen and is designed to eliminate odors, smoke and steam quietly and efficiently. Fish on the plate? Good. The lingering aroma of fish in every room? Not so good. Learn more here.

 

 

36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator with Ice and Water Dispenser

With flexible storage space, super freezing and cooling functions and an in-door ice and water dispenser, THOR Kitchen’s 36 Inch Counter-Depth Refrigerator with Exterior Ice and Water Dispenser keeps everything as cool, crisp, cold and/or frozen as the recipe calls for. The innovative Flex Drawer offers separate cooling modes for meats, veggies, beverages and even your favorite bottle of wine. Moisture, odor transfer and freezer burn? Gone. Compliments on meals? Way, way up. Learn more here. 

 

24 Inch Built-in Dishwasher

Whether entertaining for one or hosting a full-blown dinner party, things generally get a little messy.  That’s where a THOR Kitchen dishwasher is a thing of beauty.  You’ll find useful features like a multiple filtration system for optimal performance using less water and energy, and a Smart Wash System that determines the cycle to use depending on the soil level of the load.  Plus four hardworking sprayer arms, delay start and a handy detergent/rinse aid dispenser.  It’s a well-crafted machine that never met a meal it didn’t love. Learn more here.

THOR Kitchen on CBS’s Secret Celebrity Renovation | Shaquille O’Neal | S2 E7

Legendary NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal returns to Orlando, the place where his NBA career began, to give his selfless Uncle Roy a supersized home makeover. While renovations are underway, Shaq takes a break to visit the local Boys and Girls Club, where he has some mega surprises for the kids. THOR Kitchen delivered the goods to help Shaq and his family gift his uncle with the kitchen of his dreams. Is someone cutting onions in here? 😭 Air Date: Sep 9, 2022

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Check out the products featured in Shaquille O’Neal’s uncle’s new THOR Kitchen!

36 Inch Electric Cooktop

The THOR Kitchen 30 Inch Professional Liquid Propane Range is a stainless-steel machine that is designed with professional features and functionality. This powerful range has 4 burners including an 18,000 BTU single burner, a 15,000 BTU dual burner and two 12,000 BTU single burners giving you the flexible cooktop you’ve been dreaming about. Learn more here. 

 

 

36 Inch Wall Mount Range Hood

The 36 Inch Wall Mount Range Hood in Stainless Steel adds a sleek, modern look to your kitchen and is designed to eliminate odors, smoke and steam quietly and efficiently. Fish on the plate? Good. The lingering aroma of fish in every room? Not so good. Learn more here.

 

 

30 Inch Professional Self-Cleaning Electric Wall Oven

With professional design and performance, the THOR Kitchen 30 Inch Professional Self-Cleaning Electric Wall Oven adds power and a modern accent to your kitchen. This 4.8 cubic foot oven offers the functionality to bake, convection bake, convection roast, broil, heat and keep food warm like a professional Chef. The stainless steel finish seamlessly matches your existing appliances and the touch glass control panel makes changing temperatures and settings easy. When you’re done cooking, the self-cleaning function takes care of the rest. Learn more here.

 

36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator with Ice and Water Dispenser

With flexible storage space, super freezing and cooling functions and an in-door ice and water dispenser, THOR Kitchen’s 36 Inch Counter-Depth Refrigerator with Exterior Ice and Water Dispenser keeps everything as cool, crisp, cold and/or frozen as the recipe calls for. The innovative Flex Drawer offers separate cooling modes for meats, veggies, beverages and even your favorite bottle of wine. Moisture, odor transfer and freezer burn? Gone. Compliments on meals? Way, way up. Learn more here. 

 

24 Inch Built-in Dishwasher

Whether entertaining for one or hosting a full-blown dinner party, things generally get a little messy.  That’s where a THOR Kitchen dishwasher is a thing of beauty.  You’ll find useful features like a multiple filtration system for optimal performance using less water and energy, and a Smart Wash System that determines the cycle to use depending on the soil level of the load.  Plus four hardworking sprayer arms, delay start and a handy detergent/rinse aid dispenser.  It’s a well-crafted machine that never met a meal it didn’t love. Learn more here.

5 Types of Range Hoods to Complement a Kitchen

5 types of range hoods to complement a kitchen

Whether you realize it or not, your cooking can cause a lot of fumes, odors, smoke, grease, and more to fill the air of your kitchen. And, if not removed, they can linger, too. Think about waking up to the smell of last night’s fish dinner. Besides being smelly, some of the fumes can be quite toxic and downright dangerous, too, such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. So how can you prevent, eliminate, and/or cut down on these unpleasantries? The solution is to use a range hood and luckily, there are many different types of range hoods out there to complement your kitchen.

Types of Range Hoods for Your Home

Investing in a range hood means that you can feel confident you have clean, healthy air to breathe all the time. Not to mention that they remove excess heat, provide a lighting source, boost your home’s value, and create a beautiful eye-catching point in the kitchen.

Below you will find five different types of range hoods to complement a kitchen.

1. Over-the-Range Microwave with Vent

Many kitchens have a microwave over the range, letting it all appear as one unit. It is also sought to save on counter space. Underneath the microwave will be the filters for the vent. This will remove the fumes and toxins from the air, leaving you with a clean space.

2. Wall-Mount Range Hood

Wall mount range hoods are placed directly above the range and attached to the wall. There is no need for them to be attached to any cabinets or cupboards, which gives them the freedom to go up a little bit higher if you’d like.

Related: 36 Inch Professional Wall Mount Pyramid Range Hood

3. Ceiling-Mount Range Hood

If you are looking for a range hood to go over an island range where there is no wall or cabinets to hang it, then a ceiling-mount range hood is a great option. It hangs from above and often presents itself as an eye-catching appliance within the kitchen.

Ceiling-mounted range hoods are usually slightly larger than the range below it to ensure that they can get all of the dirty air out so you can continue to breathe nothing but the freshest.

4. Under Cabinet Range Hood

Under the cabinet range hoods is a type of hood that is mounted under the cabinet above the range. It is often surrounded by cupboards which allow it to blend in and fit the design beautifully.

5. Downdraft Vent Hood

If you are lacking space in your kitchen for a range hood, a downdraft vent hood could be an ideal option. Instead of being sucked up into the hood, this type is found alongside the cooking surface of the cooktop. It then sucks the smoke, grease, fumes, and more downward (sometimes sideways).

Ducted vs. Ductless/Recirculating Range Hoods

It is important to know that there are two different ways to hook up a range hood – either ducted or ductless.

A ducted range hood means that the air pulled from the kitchen is literally carried through the ductwork and dropped outside of the house. All the heat, odors, toxins, and more are simply removed. However, if your house doesn’t already have ductwork done, it could be quite the project to get it done.

Ductless or recirculating range hoods are a bit different. As their name suggests, they do not require any ductwork throughout the house. Rather, they use filters to clean the dirty air and then release fresh air back into the kitchen.

Both a closed ductless system and a ducted system effectively work to benefit your kitchen. Choosing which works best for you will be a matter of preference only.

Thor Kitchen’s Stainless Steel Range Hoods

Thor Kitchen offers stainless steel range hoods that are designed to shine and stand out. They are not only functional in your everyday use of your kitchen but are aesthetically pleasing, too.

Here are a few that you will want to take notice of, as well as the features that make them the best.

48-inch Professional Range Hood Under-the-Cabinet

THOR’s 48-inch professional range hood under-the-cabinet, model number TRH4805, is 16.5 inches tall and adds a modern look to your kitchen. It is sleek yet very effective.

-Powerful suction at 1,000 CFM to remove odors, smoke, and steam from multiple different pots and pans cooking.

-LED lighting to help you navigate what you are cooking.

-Ducted or ductless.

-Commercial-style baffle filter.

-Push button controls.

-Large 7-inch round duct vent for premium performance.

36-inch Wall Mount Range Hood

A different type – a 36-inch wall mount range hood, model number HRH3607, looks stunning in any design kitchen. It is as functional as it is beautiful.

-Multi-fan speeds to determine the proper level of suction

-Ducted or ductless.

-Commercial-style baffle filter

-600 CFM power to remove odors, smoke, grease, and more

-Touch control with digital display

-Remote control for convenience

-LED lighting to save energy

-Quiet operation at 60 decibels

36-Inch Professional Range Hood Under-the-Cabinet

For those looking for a range hood that fits most range sizes, our 36-inch professional range hood under-the-cabinet, model number TRH3606, offers power and performance – along with long-lasting durability that you can count on.

-Powerful 1,000 CFM suction to remove the heat, steam, toxins, and fumes. It can handle output from multiple pots and pans at once.

-LED lighting for energy efficiency.

-Quiet operation at a maximum of 67 decibels.

-Push button controls.

-Commercial-style baffle filter.

-Ducted or ductless.

-7-inch rough vent for maximum ventilation.

30-inch Wall Mount Range Hood

Finally, for those with smaller ranges, having ventilation is still very necessary. The good news is Thor Kitchen has the perfect fit via a 30-inch wall mount range hood, model number HRH3007. This range hood fits above smaller ranges or cooktops beautifully without looking too big or bulky. Like the others, it, too, comes with quite a few features.

-LED lighting to see what you are cooking – or just to lightly illuminate the kitchen at night.

-Touch control with digital display.

-Remote control for convenience.

-600 CFM of power to vent the space.

-Ducted or ductless.

-Multiple fan speeds to meet your suction needs.

-Quiet operation of 60 decibels.

Shop THOR Kitchen for the Perfect Range Hood

Whether you cook every day or once a week, you never want to compromise your health – and the health of those you love. Invest in a range hood. So many types of range hoods are available that will not only look great but also provide you with fresh air to breathe. And, well, that’s pretty important in life.

Get started now by finding a dealer near you.

March 20, 2022 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

Exploring Your Range Hood Venting Options

range hood venting options - thor kitchen

The clean as you go method is all about cleaning throughout the day to ensure surfaces, equipment, and waste are all clean, sanitary, and organized. Adopting this method into your cooking process can help ensure your kitchen counters and appliances are always clutter-free and ready to use.

If you enjoy creating in the kitchen, you know cooking generates smoke, heat, and mingling aromas. A proper kitchen ventilation system in the kitchen provides the same benefits as the clean as you go method – for the air. A range hood will quietly ensure the air in your kitchen is clean and free of smoke and steam.

Let’s take a closer look at the importance of good kitchen ventilation and the various range hood venting options available today.

The Importance of Good Ventilation

Have you ever wondered if a range hood was ever really needed? Have you questioned if it really serves its purpose? Have you ever smelled Tuesday night’s fish dinner on Wednesday morning? 

Here’s the thing – air is what keeps you alive and breathing. So, if you want to have healthy air in your kitchen, then you need to have it ventilated. You’d be surprised as to what you are breathing in every time you cook. 

Do we need to keep going? You probably get the picture. Most people never consider all these toxins – some only flipping on the ventilation when food was left to brown a little too long and a smoky fog hangs in the air. 

Breathing in fresh air is important and, if you are going to cook in your kitchen, the only way to ensure your lungs are getting nothing but the good stuff is to vent it out. A study out of Southern California found that more than 50% of homes with gas stoves had pollutants levels that exceeded outdoor health-based standards. They also found that simply using a range hood dramatically reduced this number. 

Do we give up gas ranges? No way – they are the best way to cook. Instead, we ventilate!

To Duct or Not to Duct?

When it comes to range hoods, you have two options for ventilation – ducted or ductless

Ducted range hoods suck in the dirty air from the kitchen, carry it through the ductwork, and straight outdoors. That’s right – it removes it from the home entirely so you are left with nothing but healthy, breathable air. Some homes are built with ductwork, making it easy to obtain a ducted range hood. It’s all ready to go. Unfortunately, if your home isn’t ducted, you will have to invest in having a contractor or specialist take care of that for you – which could take time and money. 

Without ductwork, you can choose a ductless range hood – which works just as well. With this type, the polluted air is removed from the kitchen, processed through commercial-grade baffle filters, and then returned – clean and refreshed – to the kitchen. 

If you are on the fence about which option is best for you, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each. 

Pros and Cons of Ducted Range Hoods

Pros

  • Very effective in ventilating heavy volumes of smoke, odors, etc. 
  • High-quality air is maintained indoors

Cons

  • Ductwork can impact the design of a new kitchen
  • Ductwork can be costly and time-consuming if you are adding it after the home is built

Pros and Cons of Ductless Range Hoods

Pros

  • Easy to install – and can be installed anywhere
  • The best option for small kitchens as they take up less space
  • No ductwork required

Cons

  • Works harder and may potentially use more energy
  • Filters need to be cleaned regularly (though this is rather easy to do)
  • The kitchen may feel more humid since it recirculates the air

Size Matters

There are different size range hoods available, most commonly the 24-inch, 30-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch sizes designed to match up with your range size. Getting a range hood of the same size is not only aesthetically pleasing and uniform, but it is also more effective. After all, the amount of cooking you will do on a 48-inch stove is much larger than on a 30-inch stove. 

Related: 48 Inch Professional Wall Mount Pyramid Range Hood

Features to Look For in Your Range Hood

The range hoods offered by THOR Kitchen come with some of the best features, which we will get to in a minute. But, first – you have to know that both the wall mount and the under-the-counter range hood are convertible. In other words, you can use it with a ducted or ductless system. Or, start with one and switch to the other. It leaves the choice in your hands. This is wonderful since not all kitchens or homes are created equally. 

Now, back to those features. Are you ready? 

  • Powerful suction. THOR Kitchen wants you to have the best of the best – in appliances and air quality. So, you can always count on your smoke, steam, food particles, toxins, and more to hit the highway straight out of your kitchen. 
  • LED lighting. Because, well, it looks stellar – and it saves energy. This one is a no-brainer. 
  • Quiet operation. You should have clean air while still being able to hold a conversation.  
  • Commercial-style baffle filter. This maximizes airflow and grease filtering. 
  • Stainless steel finish. First, you want your range hood to match your other stainless steel appliances. Second, you need something that looks beautiful and eye-catching that is also easy to clean. 

Next time you walk into your kitchen to cook dinner, consider all that takes place in there. You strive to provide your family with nourishing meals – why not give them nourishing air quality, too? Range hoods by Thor Kitchen come in all common sizes and work for both ducted and ductless uses. So, it looks like there is no reason for you not to be breathing fresh air. What are you waiting for? 

February 24, 2022 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

8 Sleek Wall Mounted Range Hood Features

wall mounted range hood

When you think of all the appliances in your kitchen, your range hood is often the last thing to consider – if considered at all! That’s because you don’t actively use it like you do your range or your refrigerator or your dishwasher. But, the truth is, your range hood provides you a greater service than you probably have ever realized. 

Your range hood keeps unwanted heat, moisture, and toxicity out of your kitchen so that you can enjoy the fresh air while you are cooking. And, yes, it even prevents your home from smelling fishy after you decide to create a feast of seafood for dinner. It keeps you and your family safe – and can even reduce your utility bill by keeping your home cooler as you cook. 

See, your range hood is really important. And what makes it even more special is that it comes with so many features. Below we are going to talk about 8 of them. 

Feature 1: Multiple Fan Speeds

Imagine cooking with only one heat level – medium. Making something delicate would likely end up charred while cooking something that requires a lot of heat would take a long time. This just isn’t a convenient option, is it? 

Thankfully your range has the capability of cooking on different levels. And, your sleek wall-mounted range hood offers suction at low, medium, and high levels. This means it can be customized based on what you are cooking so that you never have to worry about whether or not it can keep up with your needs.

Feature 2: Quiet 60 dB Operation

Many range hoods have the bad habit of interrupting conversations. You may be cooking and socializing at the same time – only to find yourself yelling over your vent hood in order to hear one another. This is not enjoyable and may even cause you to turn it off and deal with repercussions. 

Good news! With THOR Kitchen’s sleek wall-mounted range hood, you don’t have to worry about that. It runs at a quiet 60 decibels – max. And that’s equivalent to two people having a normal conversation or the background music while you work. This means you can breathe fresh air and socialize with ease!

Feature 3: Touch Control with Digital Display

In your beautiful kitchen, having a range hood with touch controls and a digital display is a must. This feature gives you both a clock and also a reminder to clean the filters. And, it not only looks nice but it is also very functional, too. Let’s just say it is always a welcomed addition to a range hood. 

Feature 4: Remote Control

Maybe professional chefs seem to have it together when they cook in the kitchen. But, most of us are all over the place. It is not uncommon to have multiple different prep areas, food droppings on the counter – and on the floor, a sink full of dirty dishes, and more. Not to mention that as you are cooking, you find yourself with food all over your hands – and hopefully, you are wearing an apron. You have all this going on while trying to not mess up on each step along the way.

Here’s the thing, though – as you are elbow deep in mixing on one side of the kitchen, you are really beginning to smell the food you’re cooking and feel the temperature rise. With a handy remote control, you can adjust the fan speed – and control the lighting – from anywhere within your kitchen. 

Now, in a hectic kitchen setting, that’s convenient. 

Feature 5: Convertible

Range hoods can be ducted or ductless. That means they can vent out into the open air outside your home after traveling through vents from your kitchen to the outdoors. Or they can take in the dirty air, clean and filter it, and then return the fresh air to the kitchen. Some range hoods require you to choose between these two options, based on whether or not you have the ductwork done or intend to. However, with this sleep wall-mounted range hood from THOR Kitchen, you don’t have to choose. It is a convertible, meaning that it can be used either way depending on the setup in your kitchen.

Feature 6: 600 CFM of Suction

Ready to be astonished? The suction and power that come from this range hood are incredible. If you consider that most regular vacuum cleaners work with suction of about 50 to 100 CFM, then you can just imagine the power behind this range hood’s 600 CFM of suction! If you are looking for something that will remove all the unwanted fumes, toxins, and the like from your kitchen while you cook, then this is definitely a fantastic choice. 

Feature 7: LED Lighting

LED lighting not only looks sophisticated, but it is also effective lighting and energy-efficient, too. You can beautifully illuminate the space in your kitchen. Many people even choose to use the lighting for a night light at night to keep some light in the kitchen. And with LED bulbs, you don’t have to worry about any major increase in your electric bill. 

You do not have to have your range hood running in order to use the lighting feature. 

Feature 8: Commercial-Style Baffle Filter

Finally, a commercial-style baffle filter is important in getting the job done right. Your range hood is designed to look stunning, of course, but it is also meant to serve a functional purpose in your kitchen. This stainless steel filter maximizes airflow and grease filtering when using your hood. 

If you are looking for a sleek wall-mounted range hood that will blend in perfectly with your stainless steel appliances, then look no further. THOR Kitchen’s 36-inch, stainless steel range hood, model number HRH3607, is the ideal choice. Get rid of odors, smoke, steam, and heat both quietly and efficiently – and all while looking fantastic. 

No one wants to wake up to the smell of last night’s dinner. Take advantage of all these features and wake up refreshed – and with a fresh kitchen!

November 2, 2021 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

The Benefits of Proper Kitchen Range Hood Ventilation

kitchen range hood ventilation

Have you ever heard that the kitchen is the heart of the home? That is because your family spends a lot of time here – it is a gathering space. You cook, have conversations, bake cookies with the kids, have drinks with your friends, etc. You meet in the kitchen first thing in the morning before you all head out for the day ahead – only to return and unwind at the end of the day. 

It’s a hub. 

It’s the heart. 

Your kitchen is a vital part of the home. 

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the many benefits of proper kitchen range hood ventilation.

Kitchen Range Hood Ventilation Benefits

Imagine walking into this important room in your home and all you smell is last night’s salmon lingering. Nobody likes a lingering fishy smell. Nobody. Well, maybe the cat. 

If you have a range or cooktop in your kitchen, then it is not complete without a range hood. Both aesthetically and functionally, this is one of the most important aspects of your kitchen area. If you want to continue to enjoy the space for years to come, then you need to understand just how beneficial proper ventilation is to your home and your health. 

Here are several essential benefits of kitchen range hood ventilation.

Breathe Better

When you cook, the air around you becomes filled with food particles, and debris, toxins, smoke, grease, and other things make their way into the air. This can, on occasion, also include carbon monoxide. And to think, you and all those who are important to you, are hanging around in the kitchen breathing it all in. 

With the proper range hood, you would have that dirty, unhealthy air removed from your kitchen and it would be replaced with clean, fresh, breathable air. 

Stay Cool and Comfortable

Along with all those toxins and grease, heat is also released in the kitchen. Obviously, you are cooking with heat and it has to go somewhere, right? Without proper ventilation, the heat will just hover in your kitchen – and slowly make its way into the surrounding areas. While it may seem like a minor inconvenience while you are cooking, it could actually be costing you money. 

When your kitchen is sweltering due to cooking and the heat has nowhere to go, your air conditioning system will have to work even harder to keep the area cool. This means you will have to pay more in energy costs to keep your house cool. 

If you had proper range hood ventilation, the heat wouldn’t be an issue. Everyone would be cool and comfortable and your AC wouldn’t have to work so hard. 

Reduce Odors

Just like the heat and the toxins, odors are a problem, too. Remember that fish smell? While the smell of food can be subjective, we can all agree that foods that smell delicious when cooking dinner tonight may not smell so good when waking up tomorrow. We want our kitchen – and our home – to smell good and fresh and not like stale grease or burnt pancakes. 

With the proper kitchen range hood, you have the ventilation necessary to get rid of the odor and keep your kitchen smelling like you want it to. The system will pull out the air and either filter and return it or carry it all the way out, depending on what type of system you have. Either way, your odors will be long gone. 

Great Lighting

Who couldn’t use a little extra light in the kitchen? Sometimes it is hard to tell when dinner is fully cooked. Or whether you are actually getting any salt and pepper out of the shakers. With the lights for the range hood being directly over the range, you have the perfect beam of light while cooking. The right amount of brightness and in the right spot. 

And when you walk into the kitchen for a midnight snack, nobody turns on the big bright light. That’s how you get busted. Instead, you can just flip on the light under the range hood and get the perfect amount of light for your late-night grubbing needs. 

Think of great lighting as being a stellar bonus when it comes to your range hood. 

An Eye-Catching Addition

Range hoods offer an eye-catching addition to any kitchen, all decked out in a classy, shiny stainless steel. With different styles such as wall-mounted range hoods or under cabinet range hoods and those with touch control display and LED lighting — these appliances serve a great purpose for the kitchen while looking great, too. 

Sometimes, depending on the size of the range hood and where it is located, it could very well turn out to be the centerpiece of your kitchen. 

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Keep Your Kitchen Cleaner

Cleaning up after cooking is never fun. But having to clean up when things are really messy — such as splattered grease and moisture that has turned into a sticky mess – is something we all want to avoid. When you have proper kitchen range hood ventilation, you don’t have to worry about having a big cleanup. That is unless you make a mess with your prep work or spill food. 

The airborne stuff that leaves the nasty residue? That will be cleaned out of your kitchen and off of your chore list thanks to the range hood. 

Raise Your Home Value

Range hoods raise your home’s value. They bring in that great, centerpiece look to the kitchen which not only entices people (a.k.a. potential buyers) into wanting the kitchen but can also increase the actual monetary value of the home. 

Studies have been done and reflect the power of kitchen upgrades when listing a home and determining selling values. 

There are many reasons we love our kitchens. Sure, we can cook and bake some really good (and really terrible) things in the kitchen, but it is more than just a space for food. Memories are made in kitchens. Relationships are solidified here. And bonds are created. All of which are very important parts of life that are all taking place in your kitchen. 

Now, do you want to do all that breathing in some dirty air in a hot and moist environment? Or will you and your family reap the benefits of proper range hood ventilation? 

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