Range hood choices

| by Brian Wellnitz
Range hood choices

There are many variations of range hoods that you can choose from. In some cases, the layout of the home and kitchen will dictate what type of hood you will have. But in any case, there also stylistic choices that will make your range hood a beautiful part of your kitchen.

Here's a review of the major types of hoods. Also refer to the range's owners manual for specifications, as well as local building codes

Undercabinet Hoods

This type of hood attaches to the underside of the cabinet above the range. These are available in many styles and price points, as well as exhaust power. Most can be either ducted or non-ducted, depending on your kitchen design and range requirements.

Chimney Hoods

Chimney hoods incorporate a flue that extends from the hood up the wall, resembling a chimney. Basically, the duct is used as a decorative item rather than being hidden. Any cabinets above he stove will have to be removed.

Pro Hoods

If you have a commercial-style range, a pro-level may be necessary to handle the heat and particles produced. They also lend a restaurant flair to your kitchen. They may be ducted or non-ducted and they may be shaped a little different depending on the exhaust choice.

Island Hoods

If you have a cooktop on an island, a hood can hang from the ceiling over an island. They can be ducted or non-ducted, depending on your situation. There are options that can include pot racks and other accessories to make the island hood the centerpiece of your home.

Downdraft Hoods

These are used in island applications, as well as standalone cooktops. It's a great choice for an island if you don't want a ceiling mounted hood. The downdraft hood is hidden but pops up when needed to pull the steam and smoke horizontally across the range. 

Power Packs or Inserts

If you have cabinets over the cooktop, a power packs or inserts can be built into the cabinetry above the cooktop. There are many variations that work with microwave ovens over the cooktops and blend seamlessly into cabinets for a custom look.

You typically pick a range hood based on the air movement measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). A higher number indicates results in more air being moved out of the house, which is great for removing smoke and bad odors. 

For those who do heavy cooking with steam or strong odors, look for a range hood that has at least 350 CFM capacity. If you have a commercial quality high-output gas range or cooktop, you should consider at least the minimum rate of 1 CFM of ventilation per 100 BTU (British thermal units). Of course, check the manufacturer's recommendations before installation.

Check out some of the range hood options from Broan-Nutone.

Topics: Indoor Air Quality, Kitchen, Ventilation

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