Proper ventilation is an important part of every kitchen design. Without proper ventilation, smoke can build up while you are cooking, causing the smoke alarm to trigger, and the smells caused by the preparation of your meals are going to linger. If you tend to make regular use of the kitchen by using a high-powered stove as opposed to a microwave, then you should think about installing a range hood.
There are several types of range hoods that you can choose from. You can mount an under-cabinet range hood to the bottom of a kitchen wall cabinet. If there are no cabinets in the space you wish to install your range hood, such as above your kitchen island, you can simply route ductwork directly through to the back of the hood from a ceiling, soffit or chase.
Under Cabinet Mount
A popular style of range hood is an Under Cabinet Mount model. This type of range hood is fixed to the bottom of the cabinet and either connects to duct work behind the vent, up through the cabinet, or pulls the air up and back out horizontally into the kitchen. Although you may lose a bit of cabinet space, this style range hood is compatible with many kitchens and most people typically don’t use the cabinets above their range on a day to day basis.
This style of range hood is a bit less common. A Downdraft Hood is hidden in the cook top, and only pops up when in use. This type of hood typically pulls those cooking smells, smoke, and heat across the top of the range and down into floor ducts. Some feel that this style of hood may not be the most effective, but they are convenient if you have a cook top on your island or peninsula in your kitchen and don’t want a ceiling hood.
A Wall Mount Hood is another popular Style of kitchen range hood. Much like the name suggests, this type of range hood is affixed to the wall and used when there are not cabinets above the range. This style typically features a decorative chimney that meets the ceiling. Most can either be ducted or vented, which we’ll talk about more in a little bit.
Power Packs are meant for custom solutions and designs. They can be inserted inside of custom made range hoods or built into the bottom of the cabinetry. When choosing this option, it is best to consult with a professional first.
Ceiling or Island Mount
Island or Ceiling Hoods hang from the ceiling, and are sometimes called Chimney Hoods. This style of range hood is intended for cook tops on an island or peninsula and are available in many styles. Because this type of hood is typically higher up than a traditional range hood, they do have to be on the bigger side in order to be effective.
Vented / Ducted vs Recirculated
In addition to there being many different styles to choose from, another decision you will have to make is which type of ventilation is right for your kitchen. It is strongly recommended to vent or duct your range hood to the outside if possible. This will be easier to do if the range is on an exterior wall. If it is not, it is still possible, but a more powerful hood will be required to force the air that greater distance. You should NEVER run duct exhaust for your range hood to an attic or basement.