If you’ve spent any measure of time working within a busy kitchen, you no doubt have become aware of the array of steam, smoke, and odors that can be produced by your stove and stovetop. In a large enough kitchen with regular airflow, these airborne vapors would typically be whisked away and dispersed out into the open air. When you don’t have a large enough kitchen with appropriate airflow, these same airborne contaminants can become pretty problematic. The solution for a smoking, steaming, odor-lending stovetop is what we call a range hood. Range hoods have been a fixture in kitchens around the world for years, but now homeowners are starting to ask themselves: do we really need this hood? Today, we are going to take some time in order to evaluate the benefits of the common kitchen range hood. We’re going to highlight just why it is so important that your kitchen is equipped with a hood in order for it to function properly.
The Value & Purpose Of A Range Hood
If you’ve been in a kitchen before, you are already familiar with the range hood. These hoods tend to span a wide range of sizes, pardon the pun, depending on the needs of the kitchen and the style of stove that they are set over-top. Range hoods tend to be massive appliances that look almost like a canopy, capturing the area immediately above a stove. Inlaid in the massive hood is a fan which pulls air from the kitchen before dispersing it through a vent, out into your yard. These hoods are universally considered to be bulky appliances that take up a large portion of your vertical space, but are they completely necessary? This is the question that we have to focus on today, whether or not range hoods actually provide value in a modernized kitchen. In order to answer that question, let us look closely at what a range hood does for you.
1) Keeping Your Kitchen Clean – If you’ve walked into a heavily used kitchen that lacked a range hood, you’ve likely noticed the impact almost immediately. A busy kitchen without a range hood will likely feel at least a little bit sticky. The reason for this is solely due to the fact that airborne grease, from whatever meal you prepared, is not properly being ventilated. This grease is instead splattering around the room, settling on your kitchen surfaces.
2) Reduce Your Kitchen Temperature – One of the more underrated aspects of your range hood is the fact that the appliance can help to moderate the temperature of your home. Range hoods, when the fan is sucking air from the room, work to alleviate excess heat buildup. The ventilation system works to pull the heat out of your kitchen and out into your yard. This is particularly useful when you are cooking a large meal and know that your stove will be in use for long stretches of time.
3) Keeps Your Air Clean – It isn’t only your kitchen surfaces that will be kept clean thanks to a range hood, but your air will be cleaned as well. With a functional, appropriately sized range hood, you will find that grease, smoke and steam are all sucked from the room before the buildup can become problematic. Having your air purified via this system works to keep you immediately more comfortable as well as safer in the long-run. You won’t notice it but a working range hood can also help to alleviate the build-up of bacteria, as well.
4) Improve Your Resale Value – Finally, we are going to round out our list of range hood benefits by pointing at your bottom line: resale value. Range hoods are the norm in kitchens found throughout the world, so if you are looking to rent or sell a home then you had better have a hood installed. Homeowners have come to expect these hoods and not having one could actually hurt the sales process.
A Brief Note On Range Hood Styles & Sizes
If you are looking to install a new range hood into your home, you’ll have to base it off of the size of your kitchen and the power of your range. This means that you will be selecting from different styles of range hoods: full-sized, half-sized, island-mounted, and wall-mounted. From there, you will also have to make sure to focus on the type of ventilation system that you have. Some range hoods are ductless while others focus on recirculating. Ductless hoods use activated carbon to remove odor and contaminants before returning the air back into your room.
As you can see from our extensive discussion, range hoods are not just beneficial for your kitchens, they are almost considered a necessity. Range hoods offer a variety of different benefits to your kitchen and to your own personal health, so make sure that yours is properly installed and operating efficiently.