What is a Range Hood and Why Do You Need One?

What is a Range Hood?

wall mounted range hoods are an upgrade from a standard ceiling or mounted microwave with bottom ventilation.

wall mounted range hoods are an upgrade from a standard ceiling or mounted microwave with bottom ventilation.

A range hood is a major kitchen appliance that removes grease, smoke, and smells from the kitchen area. When turned on, the motor will pull the air and push it through the ductwork that will either lead to the outside or be recirculated back into the room.

Range hoods have become more of a necessity rather than a luxury. You can find this product in every shape and form, fit to accommodate to all kitchen designs. There are several types of range hoods on the market; including: wall-mounted, island-mounted, under cabinet, outdoor, and range hood inserts. With such a wide variety to choose from, this has made it a great opportunity for homeowners and designers to be unique with their choosing and allow their appliances to stand out.

Types of Ventilation

under cabinet range hoods allow you to maximize your storage space.

under cabinet range hoods allow you to maximize your storage space.

The standard ventilation installation calls for venting the range hood to the outside. This requires you to have the space to have ductwork running through your attic or through your back wall. Ventilation that leads to the outdoors is recommended by most major kitchen appliance brands, as it removes the grease, smoke, smells, and heat more efficiently. 

If this kind of installation does not work for your home, this can easily be solved with a “convertible” or “ductless” range hood. Convertible range hoods allow you to recirculate the air back into your kitchen, making for an easier installation. However, convertible range hoods do require the purchase of charcoal or carbon filters that must be installed beside the internal motor. The filters then need to be replaced typically every 3-6 months, depending on your cooking habits.

Benefits of a Range Hood

ISLAND RANGE HOODS ALLOW YOU TO HAVE A SPACE TO ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS AND SHOW OFF YOUR CHEF SKILLS.

ISLAND RANGE HOODS ALLOW YOU TO HAVE A SPACE TO ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS AND SHOW OFF YOUR CHEF SKILLS.

So, why do you need a Range Hood? Besides the beautiful exterior and finished look it can give your kitchen, this appliance does wonders with protecting your kitchen area. This will improve your air quality tremendously, helping prevent any headaches from forming or airborne bacteria from floating around. Along with the added health benefits, this appliance will eliminate the chore of scrubbing down the stovetop and countertop areas to get rid of grease. Who can forget that your smoke detector will never have any false triggering again, and we couldn’t see why this alone wouldn’t be a great reason to upgrade to a range hood. With an upgraded appliance comes with added value to your home. Range hoods have lights on the underside, allowing you to illuminate your cooking surface. This is a perfect feature for anyone that has low lighting in their kitchen.

Range hoods are seen as upscale and as it is an upgrade from no ventilation system or a microwave with an under ventilation, many appliance brands offer these at a low price. We recommend taking the step to upgrade your appliance – It really does make a huge difference with functionality and aesthetics. Take a look at our Top 5 Stainless Steel Range Hoods to view all of our favorite picks!  

Check out our helpful videos here for things to know before you buy a Range Hood!

In this brief video, we discuss the types of range hood venting. Which type does your home need? This is one key detail to keep in mind when looking for a new range hood, and what accessories you may or may not need to purchase as well.

In this brief video, we discuss the types of range hood sizing. Which size does your kitchen need? If you have an electric cooktop you won't need as powerful of a range hood than if you have a gas cooktop. Gas cooktops burn off excess carbon monoxide so a more powerful motor is highly recommended.

In this brief video we discuss the types of range hoods that are out there. Which type does your home need? If you're going to remodel your kitchen, it's possible to change styles completely. If your original kitchen had wall oven and range hood combo, you could remodel to an island cooktop with island range hood, for instance.