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Category: Range Hoods

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 0 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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