CopperSmith is dedicated to installing the best copper products in your home but for you to get the most out of our products you have to have a general understanding of them. Our first blog “How to Choose Range Hoods for Your Kitchen – Part 1” goes over some of the basics you need to think about prior to selecting a range hood for your kitchen. This is an extension of that first blog, to help guide you in your quest for the perfect kitchen feature for your home.
How to Choose Range Hood Styles
Several different range hood styles are available. Most of them are made of stainless steel, but those that are made of copper and feature a glass encasement are also available. Some of them make less noise than others, while some others provide good lighting. Therefore, it is important that you know the layout as well as set up of your kitchen before buying a range hood.
One of the factors to be considered when purchasing range hoods is the air flow. The volume of air to be handled by a range hood is measured regarding cubic feet per minute or CFM. The factors that decide the CFM requirement as far as your kitchen is concerned are the type, as well as the output of the range, the size of the range hood and its positioning and configuration and length of ductwork.
Common Kitchen Cook Tops:
- Electric Cook Tops
- Gas Cook Tops
Another factor to be considered when choosing range hoods is the speed of the fan. Many range hoods come with three to six fan speeds. Some types even have an automatic speed variation arrangement. It is a good idea to choose a model that provides at least two speeds. The fan should run at the higher speed when you are cooking and at a lower speed when you are finishing off your meal preparation or clean your kitchen.
Range Hood Filters
A ducted range hood makes use of aluminum filters for trapping grease before forcing smoke and odors outside. The aluminum filters have to be washed at least once in a month. A non-ducted hood makes use of charcoal filters. These filters cannot be cleaned. They have to be replaced after every few months.
Range Hood Sound Levels
The noise generated when a hood is in operation is specified in sone. Roughly, one sone is equivalent to the amount of noise generated by a running refrigerator. What you need to keep in mind when choosing a hood is that the higher the CFM rating, the higher will be the sone rating.
Custom Copper Range Hoods
Some of the best range hoods are those that are made using copper, as well as copper alloys. The benefits of using custom made range hoods made out of copper or its alloys are:
- They make an excellent choice for themed kitchens.
- Custom made copper range hoods are available in a wide range of finishes and complement other materials used in your kitchen.
- The most significant benefit of using range hoods made of copper or copper alloys is their antibacterial property.
In summary, it is critical to keep all of the above aspects in mind and discuss with a specialist in the field of range hoods when shopping for the right one for your kitchen.