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March 13, 2020 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

The Beauty of Modern Range Hoods

Modern Range Hoods

Modern range hoods have the potential to bring your kitchen together with elegance. In addition to providing a beautiful accent to the kitchen, these kitchen appliances also provide an important function.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the beauty of modern range hoods.

The Beauty of Modern Range Hoods

Thankfully, the designers around the world rake care of bringing beauty into our lives, whether we are creative or not. With designs for our home’s exterior and interior, we always have something eye-catching and pleasing, don’t we?

When it comes to modern designs, particularly in the kitchen, the idea is to have a sleek look with well-defined lines and very minimal clutter. Using little to no hardware on appliances and cabinetry also enhances this sleek look.

So, what happens to your incredibly designed modern kitchen when you have to add something, say, bulky – like a range hood? Well, you make it part of the décor, of course!

Just because something is necessary doesn’t mean it has to look like it is. The range hood in your kitchen is needed for many different reasons. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a beautiful addition to your space.

Let’s take a look at the beauty of modern range hoods.

The Air in Your Kitchen

As you begin to cook in your kitchen, aromas start to form. The smell of the spices begins to make you even more hungry. Though, before long, your kitchen begins getting a bit hot and steamy – and you question whether you are burning the food!

Here’s something you need to know: the aromas and steam that fill your kitchen as you are cooking can actually contain harmful particles – and you are sending them straight into the air you and your family breathe.

The specific particles and gases your food emits will highly depend on what you are cooing and how you are cooking it – as well as what you are using to cook your food. Cooking methods that use high-heat, such as broiling, frying, and deep-frying, can release more of these dangerous particles into your air.

So, what could you be breathing in your kitchen while you cook? According to Harvard’s School of Public Health’s research on cooking emissions, you may just find the following:

  • Ultra-fine food particles (also known as UFPs)
  • Carbon monoxide (HCHO)
  • Formaldehyde (CO)
  • Nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
  • Acrolein
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Keep in mind that this is just an overview of what may be in your kitchen. This will depend greatly on your cooking habits and such.

You Need A Range Hood

Are you wondering how you get all of the above dangers out of your kitchen and away from your family? If so, here’s your answer: You need a range hood.

A range hood is an appliance that is installed directly above your range. Its fan and filter work together to vent the unwanted air out of your kitchen. Heat, steam, smoke, smells, and the variety of things listed above can all be cycled out of the kitchen. In return, you get clean, fresh, filtered air. You simply need to use it each and every time you use your range.

Don’t worry about this appliance damaging your kitchen design – you have options depending on your kitchen design, setup, and personal preference. While there are many types of range hoods, the under cabinet and wall-mounted seem to be the most efficient and most desired designs. Both of these look great and work well to reduce the negative particles in your kitchen air.

Thor Kitchen Wall Mount Range Hood

Thor Kitchen has two models of wall-mounted range hoods. This one, the 30-inch hood, is model number HRH3007 is the perfect size for kitchens with a 30-inch range. The other is 36-inches and fits perfectly above the 36-inch ranges. This is model number HRH3607. The idea is that the hood is to sit directly above the range but in a uniform fashion, almost appearing as one piece of equipment.

To fit a modern kitchen, you need a modern range hood. And, one made of durable stainless steel is what can give you that bright and shiny focal point for your kitchen. It’s a sleek design, too, can keep the harsh lines to a minimum and help your keep that uniform feels throughout the entire kitchen space.

This stainless steel wall mount range hood comes with some incredible features, too. Just look!

  • Touch control with display
  • 3 speed
  • 600 CFM
  • Clean canopy design
  • Durable brushed stainless steel
  • Easy lamp replacement without tools
  • Extension chimney included
  • LED lights for better visibility and energy efficiency
  • Dishwasher safe baffle filters
  • Remote control
  • A clock with a reminder to clean the filter
  • Delay-off feature

Thor Kitchen Under the Counter Range Hood

There are multiple under the counter range hoods to choose from at Thor Kitchen. Keep in mind that these are designed to fit above your range, but still below your cabinets. Some kitchens are designed with this extra space above the range with smaller cabinets up high. Most often, kitchen designers will use this space for either an installed microwave (with a vent attached) or an under the counter range hood.

These models work just as well as the wall-mounted, leaving you with wonderful air to breathe – while maintaining the great modern look of your kitchen.

Some of the features you will find with this type of range hood are:

  • Dishwasher safe baffle filters
  • LED lights for better visibility and energy efficiency
  • 3-speed power control LCD switch
  • High-quality stainless steel
  • Baffle filters that efficiently remove heat and grease vapors from the air

Style and Functionality in Your Modern Kitchen

Your kitchen needs a range hood – there is no way around that. But, while you may need this range hood, it does not have to conflict with your modern design style. Instead, use this appliance to your advantage!

Thor Kitchen’s stainless steel range hoods – whether you choose under the cabinet or wall-mounted – offer a beautiful finish that would shine in any modern kitchen. They are flawless and make the perfect focal point. Let your range hood keep your air clean while giving your eyes something sleek and flashy to see.

Conclusion

The high quality and design of these ranges hoods ensure you that you are making the best selection possible. Keep your needs met your air fresh, and your kitchen modern with a Thor Kitchen stainless steel range hood.

September 1, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hoods

If you don’t have a range hood in your kitchen, you may be breathing toxins while you cook. Fortunately, a range hood will help prevent this.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the benefits stainless steel wall mount range hoods offer.

Let’s get started.

Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hoods

Your family gathers in the kitchen every Sunday afternoon. You talk about the days that have already ended and what the upcoming week has in store. You enjoy each other’s company. That is until you start cooking.

At first, the aromas fill the kitchen. The spices you have used smell so wonderful you can almost hear stomachs growling. But then things start to get warm. Then, a little humid. Before you know it, people are complaining of the smells and start questioning whether it is steam or smoke that is filling the air.

A pleasant Sunday afternoon has just been ruined by the stench of food and the emissions that result from the cooking process.

The solution? You need a range hood.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the benefits offered by stainless steel wall mount range hoods.

What is Floating in Your Kitchen?

Did you know that the smells and steam that fill your kitchen when you cook may actually contain more than just, well, moist air and aromas? While the exact particles and gasses released will depend greatly on the type of food you are cooking, what you are using to cook it, and how you are actually cooking. For example, high heat cooking, such as broiling, frying, and deep-frying can release more negative particles into your air.

So, what could you be breathing in your kitchen while you cook? According to Harvard’s School of Public Health’s research on cooking emissions, you may just find the following:

  • Ultra-fine food particles (also known as UFPs)
  • Carbon monoxide (HCHO)
  • Formaldehyde (CO)
  • Nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
  • Acrolein
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Again, keep in mind that this is just a broad statement of what you could be breathing in your kitchen. It will vary depending on many different circumstances.

What is a Range Hood?

A range hood is an appliance that is mounted to the wall above your range. It has a fan and filter that work together to vent your kitchen. Heat, steam, smoke, smells, and the variety of things listed above can all be cycled out of the air. In return, you get clean, fresh, filtered air.

All of this happens with the click of a button.

There are several different types of range hoods, including the under cabinet range hoods and wall mount range hoods. Each has its own set of characteristics, pros, and cons. But when it comes to having a range hood that both looks nice and provides you with a great amount of relief, you will find it in a wall mount range hood.

Now, about that contaminated air go – where does it?

Ducted vs. Ductless Range Hoods

When your range hood takes in the particles, steam, and so forth from your kitchen, it has to go somewhere, right? The more specific answer to this question will depend on whether you have a ducted or a ductless range hood.

A ducted range hood vents outside. It sucks up the air in your house that needs to be cleaned and it vents it out – rather than cleaning and recirculating. This is a preferred method for a range hood, but not the most ideal as it requires running ductwork throughout your home, which can be a large project.

A ductless range hood is just like it sounds – ductless. Instead of being vented outside through ductwork, this type has a fan with a filter. It sucks up the dirty air, cleans it, and then returns it back to the kitchen

Thor Kitchen 30-Inch Wall Mount Range Hood

Thor Kitchen has two models of wall-mounted range hoods. This one, the 30-inch hood, model number HRH3007 is the perfect size for kitchens with a 30-inch range. The idea is that the hood is to sit directly above the range but in a uniform fashion. The two should flow as one piece of equipment.

This range hood is made of durab le stainless steel providing you with a bright and shiny focal point in your kitchen. But, it is definitely not just all about aesthetics. This range hood is designed with style and functionality in mind.

Designed by Thor Kitchen means that you can rest assured that it will have made of professional quality, standing up to any amount of cooking – well, air cleaning – you do.

Here are some of the amazing features you will find:

  • Wall-mount design
  • Touch control with display
  • 3 speed
  • 600 CFM
  • Clean canopy design
  • Durable brushed stainless steel
  • Easy lamp replacement without tools
  • Extension chimney included
  • Dual 3.5W GU10 LED light
  • Large, full 430SS baffle filter
  • Remote control
  • A clock with a reminder to clean the filter
  • Delay-off feature

Thor Kitchen 36-Inch Wall Mount Range Hood

If you are looking for a range hood, but you have a bit of a larger range, then perhaps this 36-inch wall mount range hood will more fit your needs. Thor Kitchen model number HRH3607 also provides you the same durable stainless steel appliance that can handle any amount of cooking.

This sleek range hood with its touch panel and LED lighting can be a great focal point to any kitchen.

  • Wall-mount design
  • Touch control with display
  • 3 speed
  • 600CFM
  • Clean canopy design
  • Durable brushed stainless steel
  • Easy lamp replacement without tools
  • Extension chimney included
  • Dual 3.5W GU10 LED light
  • Large, full 430SS baffle filter
  • Remote control
  • A clock with a reminder to clean the filter
  • Delay-off feature

Final Thoughts

Your range hood serves a very important purpose in your kitchen. It helps keep you and your family healthy – and keep your kitchen fresh. But, one thing you may not have thought of is the beautiful focal point you will have with a stainless steel wall mounted range hood.

With premiere features, you will soon realize that installing a stainless steel range hood is more than just another appliance. It’s simply part of your kitchen’s décor.

August 5, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

10 Helpful Kitchen Hood Cleaning Tips

Kitchen Hood Cleaning

You know it’s important to keep your kitchen clean, including everything in it. We’ve shared a few tips on cleaning your refrigerator, cleaning your ice maker, and more, but today we’re taking a look at the kitchen hood.

This appliance is designed to filter airborne grease, combustion products, fumes, and smoke, so it’s important to take the time to clean it once in a while.

In this article, we’ll take a look at several kitchen hood cleaning tips.

10 Helpful Kitchen Hood Cleaning Tips

A range hood is one of those appliances that sit in your kitchen without getting much thought or action. And, sure, maybe you use your range hood every now and then. But, did you know that it actually has more of a significant job in your kitchen than you realize?

Whether you realize it or not, when you cook, the vapors and all that is released can contain harmful, toxic particles. Rather than leaving them to hang around for you to breathe, your range hood sucks the dirty air in, filters it, and recirculates the clean air back to your kitchen.

And, believe it or not, it is not just toxins that are removed, but heat, steam, and smells as well. No one likes a hot and steamy kitchen coated with smells of the salmon you just ate. The salmon can taste delectable, but smelling it is another story. Using your range hood will suck out the smells and the heat, helping your home’s cooling system work much more efficiently.

Because we don’t often think about the range hood, we often take it for granted. Unfortunately, this means that your filters could be so clogged that they are not even able to do their job. Cleaning and maintaining your range hood will keep it working in proper order for years to come. And, because most people would stand still scratching their heads not knowing where to even start with cleaning the range hood, we’ve got 10 helpful kitchen hood clean tips – just for you!

Remove your filters from the range hood

The first step you should take when cleaning your range hood is to remove your filters. These are, of course, the main part of the range hood that gets the job done. Removing them will give you the opportunity to see what you are working with.

The filters will vary for each range hood. However, they typically pop out or slide out. Others you may have to push and slide. Some will have handles, some won’t. Some will have pull tabs, others won’t. Some may even have basic instructions printed on the range hood. Carefully look at your filter on the underside of your range hood to determine how to remove them. If needed, consult your owner’s manual.

Fill your sink with HOT water

The hotter the better, in this instance – so boil up some water if you need to. After all, we are talking about removing nasty grease and other airborne food particles that have been attached for extended periods of time. You are going to submerge the filters into the water so make sure you have enough. If space doesn’t allow it, consider using a bucket or else clean half of the filter at a time, turning it over.

To the hot water, you will want to add dish soap and baking soda

You are free to choose the dish soap of your choice, but Dawn is a powerful grease-fighting brand that works well.

Use enough soap to get the water soapy. And then add about ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda. Mix well.

Place your filters in the water.

Ideally, you want them to fit all the way, but that is not always doable. If you can’t, place them underwater as much as possible. Once you finish all the steps, then re-follow the steps for the other portions of filter that didn’t get clean the first time.

Soak your filters for ten to twelve minutes

Don’t get impatient. Don’t pull your filters out to look at them. Just leave them alone, allowing them to soak and loosen the debris and grease on the filters.

Keep in mind that this is the time for routine cleaning. If you have not cleaned your range hood filters in quite a while – or if you have never cleaned them – then you may need to let the filters soak for an extended period of time. If necessary, add additional hot water if it begins to cool.

Scrub the filters

Now that you have let the dirty filters soak in the hot water with dish soap and baking soda, it is time to give them a good scrub. It should be a rather easy process, as the loosening that occurs from the does most of the hard work.

Rinse and dry your filters.

When you are done with the scrubbing and you think they are as clean as you are going to be able to get them, then turn on your water and rinse the filters. Gently dry the filters with a soft cloth.

Re-install your filters

Just as you took them down, you need to replace your filters. You need to make sure that they are placed properly in their spot so that they are able to work as they should.

As with a lot of things, filters may come out easier than they go back in. If you find that this is the case, then consider consulting your owner’s manual.

Repeat monthly or bi-monthly

You will want to clean your filters based on how often you cook. Those who cook frequently, such as a few times a week, and use the range hood, will want to clean the filters much more often. In fact, doing so monthly should be efficient.

Otherwise, every couple of months should be just fine for those who do a little less in the kitchen. Feel free to take down your filters sporadically to get an idea of how quickly they dirty. Then, adjust your cleaning schedule accordingly.

Wipe down the outside of the range hood

Splatter from grease and other cooking particles can find themselves a final resting place on your range hood. This can make the range hood begin to look dingy and dull.

Conclusion

Just because your range hood is not one of the appliances you necessarily use to cook your meals does not mean that it is insignificant. Instead, keep your kitchen – and yourself – healthy by cleaning your hood regularly and maintaining it in proper, working order.  Breathe fresh!

A Stainless Steel Kitchen Hood as a Focal Point

Stainless Steel Kitchen Hood

HRH4805U 48″ Under Cabinet Range Hood by Thor Kitchen

If you feel there’s something missing in your kitchen and want to bring it all together, consider adding a kitchen hood above your range. Pro-style range hoods provide both a functional and aesthetic benefit often overlooked.

Here’s how a stainless steel kitchen hood ties the room together.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Hood as a Focal Point

Range hoods are sort of like that decorative appliance that, although it serves a great purpose, it also offers a real finishing touch to the design style. It’s the cherry on top, so-to-speak. Surprisingly, however, not all kitchen hoods are created equal. While some stand out so badly that they cause a screeching halt, others are just what the space needed.

Let’s take a moment to look a bit closer at these appliances and how a stainless steel kitchen hood can tie a room together.

Make Sure the Colors Flow

Having too many colors in your kitchen can make the area look choppy and not put together at all. That is why choosing a particular color scheme is your best option when doing any sort of home decorating – including the kitchen. In fact, the best colors to decorate your kitchen with stainless steel are various shades of white or grey. Or, use vibrant colors that will make complement the shine of the steel perfectly.

Now, think about this for a moment  – how many times have you thought about putting, say, an outfit together and thought to yourself how gray goes with nearly everything? It is important that you understand that this theory does not apply to stainless steel.

Yes, stainless steel generally goes with any kitchen design and it is very versatile. But, mixing it with other metals may have a counter-effect.

Let the Kitchen Hood Be Your Focal Point

When you walk into your kitchen, what is the first thing you currently see? Maybe it is your refrigerator, maybe it is a window, or maybe it is your island. But, what if it was your range hood? A stainless steel range hood can give you the perfect tool to complete your décor – and it actually has a functional service, too.

The idea behind making your hood the focal point is to let it stand out. Your stainless steel hood will have a bold, strong presence. As you enter the kitchen, the first thing that should draw in your eyes is the range hood. Yes, you need it. But, put it to work for you. The shiny stainless steel is all you need!

Don’t Let the Kitchen Hood Weigh down the Design Style

Kitchen hoods come in various shapes and sizes.

While you can most definitely make your range hood the focal point of the room (as we discussed above), you don’t want it to weigh down the design style and overpower everything else in the kitchen.

In other words, if you have a small kitchen, choose a range hood that fits the space. The same rule applies to large, open kitchens. The range hood should add to the space not overtake it.

For example, the 30 under cabinet range hood may be better suited to a smaller kitchen while the 36 under cabinet range hood may be better for larger kitchens.

Creatively Disguise Your Hood

There are many ways for you to use your range hood and yet disguise it, too. That probably doesn’t make much sense – especially if you are trying to bring your kitchen together by using your range hood, right?

Here is what we mean. To some, a range hood is that huge centerpiece. And, while the stainless steel is shiny and beautiful, some people what more. There are ways to build around the range hood that, in a way, acts as a disguise and yet looks beautiful at the same time.

– You can make your range hood flow with your cabinetry by giving it a built-in look. It is like a customized cabinet meant to do nothing more than store and house, in a sense, your range hood.
– Create a box or wooden outer shell to go over your range hood. This would have to be completely customized as range hoods come in all shapes and sizes and are installed in various places. Once covered you can design the hood cover however you want.
–Give it a coat of paint that matches your kitchen or stands out.
– Add decorative art to the box or cover.
– Design it so that you can add unique light fixtures to the outside of the box. This design is especially useful and beautiful if done over a kitchen island. It truly becomes the focal point of the room.
– Tile it like a stylish backsplash

If your range hood is installed over your range and against the wall, then consider incorporating the hood into your backsplash. Tile it, decorate it, whatever you need to do – just make it match your wall so that it completely blends in.

Your range hood looks beautiful in its shiny, timeless stainless steel. It can brighten any room. But, if you are looking for more, there is always a way to incorporate the range hood into your kitchen completely by building it in.

Choose the Range Hood Style for Your Kitchen

There are different styles of range hoods for your kitchen. It’s important to choose the one that is a proper fit for yours – or else it may be standing out for all of the wrong reasons.

Under Cabinet Range Hoods

under cabinet range hoods

Under Cabinet Range Hoods

Wall Mount Range Hoods

wall mount range hoods

Wall Mount Range Hoods

It is important that you choose the hood that fits your space in size and in design. Having an oversized hood in a small kitchen does not being any feelings of joy. And, having a range hood that is much too small may not only look bad but not serve its purpose of cleaning your air. Choose your style wisely so that it flows with the design and layout of your kitchen.

Conclusion

Range hoods are wonderful additions to any kitchen – mostly because they give your kitchen a freshness. But, they also can add greatly to the design and overall appearance of your kitchen. While you can get creative and disguise them, the look of a stainless steel range hood as the focal point in your kitchen will never lose style. In fact, they are a bright, beautiful addition that will shine for years to come.

April 14, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Clean a Range Hood Filter

Your range hood does some pretty amazing things for your kitchen. It removes heat, steam, and toxins created while you cook. In order for your range hood to work properly, it’s important to clean the filter regularly.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how to clean a range hood filter so you can rest assured the air in your kitchen is clean and fresh.

How to Clean a Range Hood Filter

The filter found within your range hood is responsible for removing the dirty stuff and returning you pleasant and breathable air. And, if you’d like to keep it that way, then you need to know how to clean your range hood filter.

Don’t worry, it is a simple and undaunting task, but one that should be added to your chore list.

Why Should You Clean Your Filter?

The amount of build-up that occurs in your range hood filter can be very gross if not cleaned. The more you cook, the more it is used. And, the more it is used, the more it is being contaminated with all sorts of toxins from your kitchen.

The range hood is designed to make life a bit easier – and healthier – for you. But, when it is not cleaned regularly, you may find that you are dealing with even bigger issues. For example, did you now that a dirty range hood filter may make us turn our noses up, but it attracts pesky creatures, such as roaches, flies, and gnats? Its food-flavored grease, so of course they will show up!

Also, the filter is used to snag up all the toxins delivered from your cooking processes. Over time, with no room for the filter to function and breathe, these toxins may find their way back into your kitchen. Yes – you read that right! The very toxins your range hood filter is designed to remove can end up right back in your kitchen.

Remember, a filter can only do its job if it is cared for through regular maintenance.

How Often Should You Clean Your Filter?

There is no right answer, necessarily, when it comes to how often you should be cleaning your range hood filter. After all, it only needs to be cleaned if it is dirty, right? And, well, if you don’t cook much or utilize your range and vent much, then your filter may require cleaning less frequently.

Ideally, in an average household, cleaning the filter of your range hood should be something you do at least once or twice a month. Of course, less or more depending on how often you cook.

This regular maintenance of your filter will help ensure that you and your family are receiving the freshest air while in your kitchen. Also, it helps keep your range hood working in an optimal fashion.

3 Ways to Clean a Range Hood Filter

Because everyone is different and will have their own preference, based on time, space, and ease, there are three different methods of cleaning your range hood filter. Thankfully, they are all relatively simple processes so you should be breathing clean air in no time.

So, which cleaning method will you choose? Perhaps you’d prefer to just place it in your dishwasher and move on. Or, simply cleaning the filter in your sink may be your ideal choice. Though, if you want to turn the steam on and get that filter clean, place it in a pot on the stove.

Check out these specifics:

1. The dishwasher method

The dishwasher method is not necessarily the best choice for cleaning a range hood filter that hasn’t seen the sight of clean in quite some time – if ever. So, if that is where you are in the process, you may want to move on to the sink or stove method.

Otherwise, for a newer filter or one that you are regularly cleaning, placing the filter in the dishwasher can be a great way to keep it clean, sanitary, and healthy – all without really having to lift a finger.

These filters can be sensitive, however, so it is important to keep them on the top shelf.

2. The sink method

Another method of cleaning your range hood filter involves simply using your sink. You will need:

  • Hot water
  • Baking soda
  • De-greasing soap
  • A non-abrasive sponge

Fill your sink or a bucket with hot water. It doesn’t have to be boiling, but the hotter, the better. Add about a ¼ cup of baking soda and a nice, long squirt of soap. Mix around using a large spoon until the mixture is nice and bubbly.

Add your filters to the water. You don’t have to let them soak a while, but it will make your scrubbing job much easier if you do. Soak for ten minutes should you choose to.

After soaking, add additional soap to your non-abrasive sponge and begin scrubbing the filters. You will be able to tell they are clean by appearance and feel.

Rinse and set aside until dry.

3. The stove method

Finally, the stove method is another option for getting your range hood filters nice and clean. Should you choose this manner for cleaning, you will need:

  • A large stock pot (one that will fit at least half of your filter)
  • Water
  • ½ cup of baking soda

Fill the stock pot with water and bring it to a boil. To keep the fizzing maintainable, add your ½ cup of baking soda to the boiling water very slowly. Then, add your range hood filter.

Let your filter soak in the hot water and watch it de-grease itself.

Once you are done, rinse it off and set aside until dry.

Conclusion

Keep your range hood clean and your kitchen fresh by following one of these cleaning methods regularly. Be sure to wipe down and de-grease the hood itself when you do. Keeping your kitchen healthy will keep you and your family healthy, too.

December 31, 2018 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

Kitchen Ventilation: The Key to a Professional Style Kitchen

kitchen ventilation

If you’re interested in professional kitchen appliances for your kitchen at home, kitchen ventilation is a must.

There are a variety of range hoods available, but they all do the same thing – evacuate various pollution from the air while you cook. If you don’t have proper ventilation, these pollutants may become harmful to the health of your kitchen over time.

In this article, you will discover what those pollutants include and why kitchen ventilation is key to creating the professional style kitchen of your dreams.

What does my food leave in the air?

Whether you see it or not, every time you turn on your stove to cook, there are particles attacking your clean, fresh air. These cooking by-products affect more than just the air, however. Common culprits that are found the pollute the air in an unventilated kitchen are airborne grease, odors, steam, heat, smoke, and even small amounts of carbon monoxide.

Think about it. You are cooking with heat that affects the burner, pans, food, seasonings, etc. This heat will cause the food to begin steaming and particles lift off and up into the air. And there they sit – trapped.

How dangerous is it to not have a ventilated system?

Having a kitchen with no ventilation can be very dangerous. In fact, if you had a commercial kitchen, then you’d be looking at serious health code violations and perhaps even legal trouble. That should get you thinking. This is serious stuff.

An unventilated kitchen can lead to an increased risk of fire, high humidity (which can cause mold and mildew issues over time), odors, additional cleaning. And, of course, the potential for long-term health effects from breathing in these by-products. Let’s not even discuss how easy it is for bacteria to grow in areas of warm moisture – like your unventilated kitchen.

What is a range hood?

Range hoods are complimentary appliances to your pro-style kitchen range. As a ventilation system, this appliance ensures the air in your kitchen is free of pollutants that can become harmful over time as you cook on your range.

Range hoods are available in a variety of styles, including under cabinet range hoods and wall mount range hoods.

HRH3007 – 30″ Wall Mount Chimney Range Hood

While range hoods used to be an unsightly, though necessary, piece of kitchen equipment, it has more recently become a designer appliance. A few other types of range hoods include those mounted to the wall, those that come underneath a microwave, or even a downdraft hood to pull steam and odors downward instead of up.

HRH3606U – 36″ Under Cabinet Range Hood

Many kitchens use the range hood as a center focal point by choosing a hood in bronze or stainless steel and adding some lighting to it or some other type of décor. Why not have something look nice as it is removing unnecessary odors and pollutants from your kitchen?

Types of ventilation systems

Depending on your kitchen and your finances, there are a couple of options when it comes to choosing your ventilation system. Take some time to assess your current kitchen, how much work you are willing to put into the new system, and what will look best overall for you.

Let’s take a look at the actual types of ventilation systems available. Here are the two types you may want to consider.

A ducted system means that anything that gets emitted from your cooking will travel through the ducts that lead to somewhere outside the home. This type of system means that your kitchen will remain cooler and that humidity, steam, and smoke are entirely removed from your kitchen. If you do a great volume of cooking, this may be your best choice for ventilation. However, if you have a completed kitchen and do not already have a duct installed, it could be an exhausting and expensive feat.

A recirculating system is for those who choose, for one reason or another, not to go with the intricate ductwork. This type of ventilation system pulls in the air, runs it through a filter, and then recirculates it back into the kitchen. Unfortunately, while it can clear the air from harmful fumes and odors, this type of system is not able to remove heat and steam.

What should I consider when deciding on a ventilation system?

When you are trying to choose your ventilation system, you will want to consider a few things. Because every home is different – and ventilation systems are not one-size-fits-all. Take a hard look at your kitchen size and your cooking habits.

The size of your range, range top, or cooktop – The size of the range hood you purchase should be in direct correlation of size.

Of course, you want the design and style of the range hood to match that of your current kitchen appliances.

The amount of cooking and frequency at which you do so should be considered. The more you and your friends or family gather in the kitchen and the more cooking you do, a ducted vent system to remove the heat may be a more viable option.

Make sure you have enough space to have allowed the ventilation to even occur. If the kitchen is too small, alternate options may want to be considered.

Conclusion

When all is said and done, all you want to do is to be comfortable in your kitchen, right? And saving money would be beneficial too, wouldn’t it? Take into consideration how much time you spend in your kitchen and the long-term effects of a ducted system. Any heat you bring in your home, you will have to use other methods to cool it down.

Sometimes, taking a step in the right direction means doing things right the first time around and then enjoy your home and the benefits of your decision.

Kitchen ventilation is important for your kitchen and everything in it – including you. Don’t delay in getting one in place for your kitchen.

November 19, 2018 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

4 Benefits of a Stainless Steel Under-Cabinet Range Hood

Stainless Steel Under-Cabinet Range Hood

Have you ever been preparing for a dinner party and, just before your guests arrive, you realize that you forgot about your side dish that was boiling on the stove? Before you know it, the kitchen is filled with the steamy odor of burnt vegetables. You try to open the windows and fan a kitchen towel around the space in hopes that the smells will find their way out before your guests arrive. And hope that the smoke alarm doesn’t go off…

Scenarios like that are always going to happen. Life is busy, and it is very easy to get sidetracked. But, guess what? In instances where your kitchen feels as though you should be wearing an oxygen mask, all you truly need is a range hood.

The Purpose of A Range Hood

Believe it or not, when you are cooking anything on your stove, you are filling your kitchen – and home – with all sorts of things. You may think that it is simply steam that comes from you heating food on your stove, but you would be wrong.

When we cook, we are sending things into the air, such as airborne grease, fumes, smoke, heat, combustion products, steam, and even carbon monoxide. Standing anywhere around this means that you are inhaling these toxic irritants.

A range hood is an electrical fan system that is designed to pull in the dirty air and replace it with fresh, healthy air. Even more, these systems of filters will remove the odors found in the air. And, as a bonus, most come with a light that adds a bit of extra brightness to the kitchen area.

The Different Types of Range Hoods

There are two different types of range hoods that you may choose. Depending on the design and layout of your kitchen, you may either choose a ducted (or vented) range hood, or a ductless (or filtered) range hood.

Ducted range hoods are installed in your kitchen and they have ductwork that leads the kitchen contaminants to the outdoors. For some, this could be on the roof of the house; for others, it could be on the side of the house. It depends on where the kitchen is located and the best method to be used for the ducting.

Ductless range hoods are simpler. They don’t require the extensive installation as their ducted counterparts, but instead use a filtered fan system to extract air and return it – cleaned – to the kitchen.

Ducted range hoods remove all contaminants while a ductless range hood will filter the air and return heat and steam into the kitchen.

Stainless Steel Under Cabinet Range Hood Benefits

There are many reasons why a stainless steel under cabinet range hood will benefit your kitchen. Sure, they are not yet a standard appliance that you will find in every kitchen, but they are quickly becoming much more desirable. People are learning that stainless steel range hoods stand the test of time due to their durability and construction. Whether you choose ducted or ductless, a stainless steel under-cabinet range hood has a lot of perks that you should consider.

Let’s look at the most important:

1. Keeps Your Air Clean and Fresh

As discussed above, cooking on the stove in your kitchen releases a lot of impurities into the air. So, while you are cooking and mingling with your friends and family, do you want to subject everyone to the toxins and contaminants that find their way into the air?

An under-cabinet range hood can remove all the unwanted material from the air you breathe. In return, it will provide you with clean, healthy air for you and your family.

2. Gives Your Kitchen A Nice Look

Stainless steel range hoods give your kitchen a nice look. In fact, many people have chosen their range hood to be a focal point in the kitchen. Because they come in all sizes, shapes, and designs, you will surely find the one that gives your kitchen the look you want.

3. Stainless Steel is the Perfect Finish

Range hoods come in all sizes and finishes. In fact, they can be found in stainless steel, bronze, glass, nickel silver, zinc, aluminum, and even heat-resistant plastics. That means you have several choices when you decide to install a range hood in your kitchen.

If you are looking for the best option, however, you will choose a stainless steel range hood.

Stainless steel is a strong, durable metal that will not rust or corrode. Take into consideration that the purpose of the range hood is to “inhale” heat and steam. Over time, this alone can cause rust and corrosion on many metals.

Not only does stainless steel stand up to the test, but it is also aesthetically pleasing. It is the finish that can match nearly all design styles, from modern and contemporary to elegant and traditional.

4. Increase the Value of Your Kitchen And Home

It may sound surprising, but a stainless steel range hood can increase the value of your home. Most kitchens come standard with certain appliances, such as a refrigerator and range. But having a range hood is an extra bonus, and this is especially true for those that are ducted.

Installing a ducted range hood takes time and work – along with skill. By adding one to your kitchen, you are reducing work for the next homeowner, should you ever decide to sell. Not to mention – it can help increase your home’s value.

Conclusion

An under-cabinet stainless steel range hood can offer you and your loved ones so much besides the vital importance of clean air to breathe. Remove those toxins and contaminants from your kitchen and enjoy the social interaction without the odor. Then, as you clean up for the night and head to bed, flip on the light that comes with your beautiful range hood and illuminate your kitchen in a soft, shiny glow.

September 10, 2018 by Thor Kitchen 3018 Comments

How to Choose A Range Hood

Range hoods go by many names, such as a kitchen hood, ventilation or vent hood, extractor fan, exhaust, etc. The truth is, these are all just different names for the same thing – a range hood. And, while they are not necessarily found in every home, they should be.

This underappreciated piece of appliance comes with many benefits – a few of which include:

  • Providing clean air – and reducing carbon monoxide in the home
  • Providing extra lighting for your kitchen or cooking area
  • Reducing the heat produced by cooking
  • Maintaining a comfortable cooking environment
  • Increasing property value
  • Reducing the chance of smoke alarms being activated

A range hood is found directly above the range or stovetop and is responsible for removing heat, fumes, gasses, and odors that occur while cooking. But, choosing which range hood is best for your kitchen may leave your head spinning.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a range hood.

Consider the layout

The layout of your kitchen is going to determine which type of range hood you can choose. Contrary to popular belief, range hoods can come in all sorts of types. They can hang solitarily over the stovetop and range (even an island) or can be secured by mounting to a wall. They can even be incorporated into your cabinets. There are even hoods that can expand when needed but are otherwise unnoticeable.

When it comes to the layout of your kitchen, you will be able to determine which range hood will best fit your need based on space and location of your range. For example, if you have an island/range combo, then ideally your range hood will be suspended from the ceiling above. However, if you have a smaller space and your range is lumped together with your countertop, then you’d probably opt for an under the cupboard range hood.

The style of your kitchen

While a range hood is a great investment and can offer you a lot of value, you don’t necessarily want your range hood standing out sorely among everything else in the kitchen. In other words, if your kitchen style is very modern and sleek, you are not going to want to get yourself a bulky, brass-finished range hood. Or, perhaps you want your range hood to be installed over the island in your kitchen. If so, this will make your hood the centerpiece of your kitchen and you will, therefore, want to make sure that it matches the flow and style.

Ponder the noise

Range hoods have a big job. And, big jobs sometimes cause a bit of noise. So, there is no doubt that your range hood will add some additional noise to your kitchen. This is definitely something to consider when choosing the one that is right for you.

Consider your kitchen and what you do in there. Sure, you cook, but do you socialize as well? If that is the case, then you will want to find yourself a range hood that is both efficient and functional without being too noisy.

Keep in mind that if you want the best range hood to remove steam, odors, and such from the air in your kitchen, it is going to require a lot of power. And, that power will likely come with a great amount of noise. Trying to host a dinner or other special engagement could greatly be hindered if you spend time with your guests having to yell over the sound of your hood.

Make the most reasonable decision and make the decision to choose a range hood that works well enough to meet your needs, but also provides you with minimal noise.

Fan power needed

One thing that is very important when choosing a range hood is how powerful the fan is. For example, if you have a large kitchen, but you choose a range hood with minimal fan power, you will find that it will be rather ineffective. On the other hand, choosing a range hood that is too powerful for your small kitchen space could be too overpowering and unnecessary.

Believe it or not, there is a way to determine just the right amount of fan power your range hood will need, based on the size of your space. More specifically, this is based on the volume of your room. To calculate, you will need to multiply the height of your kitchen ceiling by the width.

Finding a range hood that is built for a kitchen of your size is the best way to ensure you are getting the clean air you are seeking.

Decide on your exhaust

When it comes to where you want your exhaust to go, you’ve got choices. A duct-free exhaust system or a ducted exhaust system. Here is the difference:

  • A duct-free (vent-free) system means that your kitchen air is sucked in, cleaned and filtered, and then sent right back into your kitchen.
  • A ducted (vented) system means that there is a path that leads the kitchen air out through a duct to an outside destination. This air does not end up back in the home at all.

So, which type of exhaust should you choose? This is going to vary on a few things, such as the design of your home (does it already have ductwork, or will this need to be added), how effective you want your hood, and desire to care for the range hood. It is important to note that duct-free systems require a great deal of maintenance and cleaning in order to run effectively.

Range hoods are definitely not the first thing someone thinks about when discussing their kitchen. However, they are just as important as the other appliances you install. The clean air they provide by removing odors and steam makes them a worthwhile investment. Choose the one that best fits your space – by design, efficiency, exhaust, power, and noise level.

The first time you cook a meal with your new range hood, you just may be impressed by the magic this appliance provides.

 

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