What is a range hood? Does my kitchen need one?
If you are like many people, you may have never noticed your range hood until you stumbled upon the button that gave you extra light to cook your dinner. As nice as that extra light is, that is not the reason you have a range hood in your home. And no, it’s not just a large piece of metal taking up extra space under your cabinets, either.
A range hood fits over your kitchen stove – whether against a wall, on an island, or outside. Its purpose is to provide ventilation in the cooking areas of your home or business, and it’s an essential appliance for the best cooking experience and a clean, healthy kitchen.
Removes Grease and Heat from Cooking
When you whip up that amazing meal for a hungry family, the resulting grease can become airborne. If your range hood is not in operation, you’ll be left with a sticky residue, settling on the surfaces of your kitchen that catch dirt and increase the chances of mildew.
Heat and steam add to the unpleasant atmosphere created when a there is not a system to suck out the steam, oils, and odors. Range hoods move these unpleasant factors outside your home, replacing them with cool, fresh air.
Prevents Cooking Odors from Spreading in Your Home
While some dishes might taste fabulous, you don’t not want your entire home smelling like them for an extended period of time. A good range hood prevents this from happening, so once you are done cooking, you can enjoy that meal in a more enjoyable atmosphere.
A Healthier Kitchen
Yes, the creative act of cooking may be an esteemed artistic expression for the culinary type. But the equipment and heat used, and pollutants that are released in the process, can be quite harmful. They are some of the main causes of carbon monoxide poisoning. Those accidentally scorched cookies and Thanksgiving turkeys can release harmful carcinogenic smoke into your home. Additionally, the excess moisture and food residues can lead to mold and bacteria that may adversely affect your health.
A range hood is an effective filter for these pollutants, and may be particularly beneficial for those with allergies.
Sizes and styles of range hoods
There are many types of range hoods available to suit a variety of kitchen layouts. The size you need will depend on your range top and cooking space. Higher powered models will vent fumes more quickly than lower powered models (fan power level is referred to as CFM for centrifugal motor.)
They can also be a beautiful piece of highly functional décor. AKDY offers more than 200 range hood options, so there is sure to be a range hood that suits your needs. For explanations on Island, Wall, and Under Cabinet range hood styles, see the full blog here.
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