Range hoods: The new trend in kitchen design - HMS National, Inc.

Range hoods: The new trend in kitchen design

June 30, 2014

Everyone likes great home cooking, which is achieved with a little bit of skill and some quality cookware at your disposal. But if you really want to get serious about producing quality, restaurant-caliber cuisine to your family and friends, you'll want to do it in the right type of environment.

That's what makes range hoods the hottest trend in home kitchens today. Found in most restaurants, range hoods typically sit right above the top of a stove or range and collect the heat, steam, smoke and other vapors in the air that may become an irritant to you or one of your guests.

According to ventilation product experts, the No. 1 source of airborne pollutants in the typical household come from cooking. And if there's any place where you want to make sure it's nice and comfortable, it's at home sweet home.

But with so many styles and designs to choose from, how do you know which one is the best? HGTV has some suggestions that can help you decide which range hood is best for you from a standpoint of quality, while at the same time melding with the design of your kitchen so it's the perfect fit.

1. Determine the type of vent you want. This decision will largely depend on how much cooking you do at home. Brian Wellnitz, marketing manager for a ventilation product manufacturer, indicated that an appropriately sized range hood should be large and strong enough to match the range or stove that's beneath it. In other words, it should be equal to the width of the range and at least two of the burners if a range has four. As far as strength goes, the Home Ventilating Institute recommends that for every foot of range, it should be able to move 40 cubic feet of air per minute.

2. Which design is best? Once again, the design of your range hood - or where it's positioned - is up to you and the look you want to achieve. Under-cabinet is the most economical choice, according to Wellnitz, with prices that can be less than $100. But there are also wall-mounted range hoods, ceiling-mounted and custom. The hoods that are custom-designed tend to be the most expensive, as they're made to blend in with what cabinetry is there already.

3. Expect to pay more for extra features. Not that it's a big surprise, but the price you'll pay is heavy influenced by the amount of features. When examining the product specifications, there should be a long list of specifications that justify why it's priced the way it is. For example, higher-end units should have variable-speed fans, while under-cabinets models will likely just have one speed.

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