The golden age of wood- and coal-burning stoves gave rise to not only some colorful expressions, but also a novel feature that changed the way people cooked and kitchens looked. In the 19th century, concern for better health led to research in domestic science, which, in turn, made sweeping improvements in America’s kitchens. Experts advised that a properly ventilated cook space was essential, and the range hood became an integral element of kitchen design.
The Range Hood
- A range hood helps improve air quality, which is arguably the most important job of the appliance. Without a hood, you and your family will find yourself breathing in the devastating after effects of lunch and dinner, which can lead to a wide variety of diseases like eye and nose irritation. A hood can also save you from potential carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Another benefit of a range hood is that it helps remove excess heat from the kitchen during cooking. So, you do not have to worry about discomfort and irritation when preparing a meal.
- Aren’t we all familiar with the hard task of cleaning the film of sticky grease that settles over our kitchen surfaces? This can be avoided by installing a custom kitchen hoods that provides proper ventilation, which can help prevent grease buildup and bacterial growth.
- If you are planning to sell your house in the future, it is important that you have an updated kitchen with all modern amenities. This means that having a god quality range hood will definitely improve your chances of getting a good price from your buyers.
Where to mount the range hood
Unless the manufacturer’s recommendations indicate otherwise, a range hood is typically positioned between 2 and 3 feet above a range or cook top. Depending on the model, a range hood may be either cantilevered from the wall or screwed between or beneath the kitchen wall cabinets. Some cabinet manufacturers produce special range-hood housing units that match the style of their cabinets. If you are installing all new cabinets, you should consider ordering one of these.
Most range hoods have either two or three speed settings and built-in light fixtures to illuminate the cooking surface below.
When a range hood is mounted on an external wall, air is pulled through the back of the unit into a straight duct passing through the wall. However, if the range is situated against an interior wall, you’ll need to connect the hood to the outside with duct work. The straight and curved components of the standard duct simply plug into one another to form a continuous shaft running between the hood and the outside wall.
Placement of this duct is often a complicated job. You have to determine where there is space available. Sometimes the duct can run over the top of the wall cabinets until it reaches an outside wall. This is the easiest solution, and requires only the addition of a valance or soffit on top of the cabinets to hide the duct from view. If this option isn’t available to you, it makes sense to hire a contractor to install the duct elsewhere.
Installing the hood
Range hoods are hung from brackets that are sold with them. These brackets are screwed either between wall cabinets or to the wall. Cut a hole through the wall for the duct, and run some new electrical cable to the hood for driving the fan.
Types of range hoods (recirculation or extraction)
Some range hoods filter out odors and grease and then return the air to the room. Others direct stale air outside through a duct in the wall. The extraction design is generally considered the better option, though sometimes installing can be so difficult and expensive that using the recirculating method makes more sense.
In order to install an extracting hood, it is necessary to cut a hole through the wall and install ducting. Although hoods that recycle the air are much simpler to install, they do not remove moisture from the room and do not filter out all of the grease and cooking odor. To keep any range hood working at peak efficiency, change or clean the filters regularly.
Range Hood Trends 2019
Range hoods are not just utilitarian but can also serve as stylish upgrades to your kitchen. Range hoods have evolved from being grimy eyesores to aesthetic works of art. Hoods are available in different shapes, sizes, colors, styles and materials. You can choose a piece that blends in with the rest of the kitchen decor or one that stands out as the focal point in the space and instantly catches the attention of onlookers. By being both useful as well as visually appealing, hoods can do wonders for your kitchen design.
Let us go through some upcoming design trends for the year 2019.
Metal range hoods can usually be customized to fit into the existing look and feel of the space. If you are one of those people who can’t stand the ordinary , you can choose to get a scalloped hood for a playful twist to an otherwise mundane appliance.
Black is a stunning color, especially when it is used on statement pieces. With black accents becoming increasingly popular in the interior decor scene, you can opt for a large black range hood to add some visual zest to your kitchen interiors. This works best when it is mirrored by a dark floor underneath and contrasted by muted wall and cabinet colors and appliances. A black hood can also be a beautiful addition in a kitchen that has black cabinetry.
- Stainless steel
A stainless steel hood can add that something extra to a kitchen that utilizes stainless steel touches in different areas, like appliances, frames and hinges. This style off will lend your kitchen an air of sleek modernity. If you are inclined towards minimalism, opting for a clean stainless steel hood is the way to go.
- Wood trimmed
When metal and wood come together, the result is always a timeless masterpiece. Similarly, if you are not too sure about the complete metal or wooden look, you can choose for a combination of both. There are metal range hoods that are tastefully decorated with wood on the edges.
- Rustic wood
Some designers prefer to use a rustic wooden look for the kitchen hoods, which stems from the idea of making the space look more warm and homely. If you have a kitchen that has a monochrome look, adding a rustic wooden hood will help you eliminate the risk of the space looking too flat.
Range hoods have come a long way. Originally designed to make your kitchen hygienic and improve cooking conditions, today’s hoods have transformed into essential decor element. If you wish to give your kitchen a stylish yet utilitarian makeover, range hoods are the way to go.