3 questions that will help you choose a range hood
It is not easy to choose the right range hood that will look good in your kitchen and do its job properly. Answer these 3 quick questions. Your choice will then be narrowed down to models that really suit your household. Then you can choose the winning range hood purely based on design.
1. Can you connect the hood to the exhaust?
First check if you can lead the hot air outside. An exhaust is the most effective way of getting rid of fumes in the kitchen. A hood in exhaust mode draws steam through the exhaust pipe, ventilation shaft or chimney outside of the apartment or building. If you don’t have this option and don’t want to deal with reconstruction, you will have to make do with recirculation.
In recirculation mode, the polluted air passes through filters and returns to the room clean. The disadvantage of recirculation mode is that the hood has a somewhat higher output and is noisier. The filters must be changed regularly - at least twice per year - or washed in the dishwasher.
TIP: If you opt for exhaust, don’t forget that for optimal performance and low noise levels, the exhaust pipe must be as short as possible and have as few bends as possible.
2. Does a chimney, sliding, suspended or island hood look best in your kitchen?
Which hood design looks best above your range? There are 3 or 4 basic types which you can choose from:
- Chimney hoods are the classic solution you are familiar with from many households. They are shaped like an upside-down funnel and are generally connected to the exhaust.
- Suspended hoods don’t take up that much space. You can install them under a kitchen cabinet or directly into it. A special subgroup comprises telescopic or sliding hoods. You slide these out only when cooking. This is an effective solution not just for small kitchens.
- The last type comprises spatial or island hoods. Their advantage is that they look good from all sides. If you have your range on a kitchen island, a spatial hood is your obvious choice.
3. How large is your kitchen?
When choosing a range hood, consider the dimensions of your kitchen. In order for the hood to draw out steam and odours created while cooking, it must have adequate suction power. It should manged to replace the air in the room at least 10 times per hour. You can calculate the ideal performance yourself using the following equation:
room height × surface area × 10 = minimum suction power of the hood
For instance, if you have a kitchen with a surface area of 12 m2 and a height of 2.5 m, get a hood with an output of minimally 300 m3. Naturally, it applies that the greater the performance, the better. Just make sure the higher performance doesn’t increase the appliance’s noise levels too.
TIP: Don’t forget to take into account the dimensions of the hood itself. It should be as wide or slightly wider than the range under it.
If you are still uncertain about which specific type to choose, do not hesitate to contact us.