Choosing kitchen appliances is a careful process relying on a variety of factors, such as price, size, and energy conservation. However, other parts of the kitchen could benefit from the same level of forethought. One of these is the range hood, which is sometimes taken for granted. It has the basic function of controlling kitchen odors and heat and minimizing grease buildup. You might think that it is something you can do without, but it enhances the kitchen’s atmosphere and makes it more comfortable. Range hood varies in quality, and the designs are extensive as well. Material options include glass, wood, and stainless steel, making the decision even more challenging.
The Issue of Functionality
Since the purpose of this fixture is the reason why most people buy one, this is the best place to start. The design and layout of your kitchen will influence the type you buy. The options are:
- Under cabinet which is the type used for stoves positioned underneath cabinets.
- Wall-mounted hoods are used when there is no cabinet above the stove. These are usually larger than under cabinet hoods.
- An over-island hood is perfect for a kitchen island that has a cooktop.
A range hood can be vented or ducted depending on what suits the kitchen best. A vented hood takes the cooking odors and smoke directly outside through the ceiling or the wall. A ducted hood filters out the air coming from the stove before sending it back to the kitchen. Your choice will depend largely on the home’s architectural style. It might not be feasible to vent stove gases outside, so the ducted hood would be the only option.
Finding the Right Style
The design of the range hood is important since it must contribute to the overall look of the kitchen. Some people might think they are too utilitarian and prefer to keep them covered. A vent hood can achieve this, but it should have the same color as the kitchen’s cabinetry. A range hood that comes with storage can help to solve storage problems. Go for a big upgrade by exploring features like lighting, automatic shutoff and heat sensors. Stainless steel is still the most popular option, but take the time to explore some of the other material available.
Kitchen Design and Remodeling in the Greater Earleville Area
To get the right range hood, balance budget with look and style. Proper maintenance and care will allow it to add beauty and functionality to your kitchen for a long time. Give us a call at 410-877-6112 or 302-793-9352 to get the ball rolling on your kitchen remodeling project.