Tips To Select The Right Range Hood

The best way of avoiding the accidental triggering of your smoke alarm, is to have a range hood installed over your stove. If you do not own one yet, or if the one you had is broken, you may be struggling to find the right make and model for you. So to ease your decision making process, we have put together a guide of key elements you should be looking out for to find the right fit for you and your kitchen.

Ducted/Vented vs. Duct-Free/Non-Vented Exhaust System

The way in which a ducted exhaust system works is by using ducts to transport the air and smoke out of your home. The best, easiest and cheapest way of having a ducted range hood installed is on an exterior wall which allows the duct to lead right outside without too much trouble or too long a way. If you already have a duct installed, this will be the smartest way to go. However, if you don’t, you should consider the installation costs before you make a decision.

Duct-free exhaust systems work by filtering and cleaning the air that is already inside the kitchen, rather than transporting it outside. This makes for a less efficient system which requires more maintenance and frequent filter replacements. However, it also comes with far less installation costs if you do not have a duct system at hand in your home.

Considering Your Kitchen Layout

One of the biggest factors you should consider before making a purchase is the layout of your kitchen. It will determine how much space you have available, as well as what will look best with the rest of your appliances. The right amount of distance between the range hood and cook-top is about twenty-four to thirty inches unless stated otherwise by the manufacturer’s recommendations stated in the manual.

Depending on how your kitchen is set up, you can mount your vent hood on the wall, incorporate with the wall cabinets, hang it from the ceiling over a cooking island or integrate it into an overhead canopy. In today’s day and age, there are even so called ‘telescoping chimney hoods’ which have the ability to be expanded while in use and then hidden when it isn’t needed. You can achieve a similar effect of space efficiency by getting a downdraft kitchen hood installed which can be stored in a slot in the work surface between uses.

Now that you are aware of the different aspects to consider before you choose the right range for your kitchen it is important that when there is any issue with the appliance, don’t try to repair it on your own but call in an appliance repair expert in London.