How to choose the right range hood

| by Brian Wellnitz
How to choose the right range hood

If you're in the market for a range hood, it can be confusing. There are so many different types and styles on the market. And every manufacturer makes claims about how it will perform. It's tough to sort through all the information.

A range hood is designed to capture and vent airborne contaminants out of the kitchen. Different range hoods do this in different ways, with varying levels of efficiency. Most kitchen range hoods are mounted directly over the cooking surface, with an internal fan that intakes air. Other options include downdraft kitchen exhaust units designed to pull air across the cooking surface, as well as range hoods with remote-mounted fans.

For any range hood, the best way to trust the reported performance of the product you choose is to look for the HVI Certified label from the Home Ventilation Institute. You can depend on products that display the HVI Certified label. 

That means the products have been independently tested and certified to ensure they meet the stated ratings for airflow, sound, and energy. In addition, continued performance is ensured through the HVI Verification Program.

HVI tests and certifies range hoods, bath fans, whole home fans, ERVs and other ventilation products.

Currently, there are no government standards for rating range hood performance. That's one of the reasons HVI conducts testing, certification, and verification for building professionals and homeowners. Otherwise a manufacturer can claim anything. Products without certification can lead to exaggerated performance claims, questionable test methods leading to unreliable end results, and unfair product comparisons.

Selecting a range hood that carries "HVI Certified" performance ratings will ensure that ventilation expectations and building code requirements are met for the best performance in your home.

Find more information about home ventilation here.

Topics: Indoor Air Quality, Kitchen, Ventilation

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