Range hood options

| by Brian Wellnitz
Range hood options

When you're whipping up a family favorite, the aroma helps everyone's tastebuds get ready. But the same lingering smell after the meal is an odor. What's the difference between and aroma and an odor? An aroma is a smell you enjoy, an odor is the one you want to get rid of.

At Broan-NuTone we make a variety of range hood models can help you manage those doors, as well as the grease, heat, moisture and smoke that can take a toll on your walls and cabinets. Selecting the best range hood for your stove and home can make difference between enjoying aromas and fighting odors. We'll take a look at the three main options for ducting your range hood, and explain some of the pros and cons that you should keep in mind.

Vented or Ducted

You'll get the best results with a range hood that's ducted to the outside of the house. That will completely remove odors and irritants from your home. A range hood that mounts to an exterior wall will have shorter exhaust ducts, which will be more efficient.

A range hood that mounts to an interior wall or island will require a more powerful unit because of the longer distances involved. Proper installation of ductwork is critical to the efficiency and overall performance of the range hood. Exhaust should never be ducted to an attic or basement. 

Non-vented, Duct-Free or Recirculated

These three terms all mean the same thing. In this type of system, air is pulled through a charcoal filter to trap irritants and flows back into the kitchen. With this option, it's important to change your filters according to every few months to ensure the can hood do its job. This option allows the range to be placed in area of the home where it may be impossible to run ducting outside. 


These are hoods that allow either option, ducted or non-ducted. For the best ventilation results, duct to the outside.

Broan-Nutone offers a variety of models in all three types, with nearly 50 different designs in various finishes and sizes, there is a model to meet every need and price point, from European-style chimney hoods to simple under-cabinet hoods.

Work with a building professional or your local dealer to find the range hood that will best fit your kitchen.

Topics: Cooktops, Indoor Air Quality, Kitchen, Ventilation

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