Pros and Cons of Recirculating Range Hoods




What Is A Recirculating Range Hood?

When it comes to categorizing a recirculating range hood, it is important to know the primary types of range hoods to begin. Range hoods are divided into ducted and ductless systems. A ducted range hood is a system that moves air and unwanted particles, such as airborne grease, out of the kitchen entirely. The other type is ductless range hood, otherwise known as a recirculating range hood.

In this type, the system takes out unwanted fumes and odors while simultaneously bringing heat and moisture back into the kitchen. Both systems have advantages and disadvantages to them, and it is essential to know the differences before purchasing one.

Pro – Efficiency

The first pro of ducted range hoods is its efficiency. Commercial kitchens generally utilize this system because it does not recirculate anything back into the kitchen. Considering that commercial kitchens use the space for making food for more extended periods, it makes sense that a ductless system would cause the kitchen to overheat rather quickly. Though debated among users, another pro of a ducted system is that it generally produces less noise than a ducted system. This may also be influenced by the size and model of the range hood and how well it is maintained.

Con – Installation

One of the disadvantages of having a ducted range hood pertains to its installation. This system requires a set up that goes from the inside of the kitchen to the exterior of the home or building. This reduces the number of locations it can be placed, thereby making installation more particular and costly.

Pro – Mobility 

Though the external nature of a ducted range hood limits the places it can go, the opposite is true for ductless range hoods (recirculating range hoods). The system’s mobility allows for installation to occur absolutely anywhere. Also, some ductless range hoods can shut off automatically when finished using it. This convenience saves time and reduces the worry of wasting energy.

Con – Recirculation Design

Ductless range hoods also come with their own disadvantages. One of which boils down to its recirculating design. Because this system sends heat and moisture back into the kitchen, this can obviously lead to increased humidity. In addition, they may also be slightly louder than a ducted system. The fan usually requires more power, which may increase the average number of decibels, but again, this may have more to do with other factors. Regular cleanings for ductless hood ranges are essential. This also means that maintenance can, of course, become more costly.



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As you can see, both types of range hoods come with their advantages as well as disadvantages. Deciding which one is right for you can seem very overwhelming. Before going out and buying one, consider a couple of questions that will help solidify that choice. First of all, why are you buying a range hood? Is this for your home or your business? A ductless range hood probably works better in a household considering its mobility and easier installation. That being said, make sure that you schedule cleaning; otherwise, the system will stop functioning the way it’s supposed to. If you are considering a range hood for your business, a ductless range hood may be better. Because the kitchen needs to be getting rid of large quantities of unwanted particles, though the installation process will have to be more particular, it will be worth investing in a system that eliminates everything.

Another consideration is cost. If you are deciding to install a range hood, it’s going to cost something. But make sure that you’re not paying too much for what you need. Installation of a ducted system will likely cost more, but in the long run, you won’t have to worry about the kitchen getting too humid. On the other side of that, a ductless system will generally cost less, and you also aren’t producing nearly as much food. For a house kitchen setting, there’s less need to send all particles completely out of the house. Regardless of the choice you make, other factors will affect the quality of your ideal range hood.



You can customize your range hood experience

Like most enthusiastic homeowners, the creative freedom that comes along with designing a space is unmatched. From artisanal woodwork, appliances with cutting edge technology, to a simple, quaint dining room, homes across the world serve as a blank canvas through which impeccable interior design can spring to life. In the realm of kitchens, these desires are often magnified, as this common space is put to good use, feeding families, harboring growth, culinary inspirations, and entertainment of all sorts. While an aesthetically sound kitchen is no easy feat, it’s also incredibly important to make sure that longevity, breathability, and safety are the top priority. This is where the infamous range hood enters the spotlight. A range hood, also referred to as a vent hood, is an appliance whose primary purpose is to extract excess steam, grease, dust, and odors caused by cooking/baking, ventilating these byproducts through a piping system and expelling them into the outside air.

Additionally, these kitchen powerhouses will keep clean up to a minimum, eliminating particles that eventually build up and create a grimy residue on expensive surfaces, detracting from their value and causing more work down the road. Depending on the necessities of the homeowner, range hoods are available in many shapes, sizes, and speeds. In this article, we’ll dive into the category of ductless range hoods–their overview, function, notable features, and who needs them.



Everybody needs clean air in their home

As stated previously, a range hood swiftly removes unwanted kitchen byproducts and maintains a breathable, environmentally friendly space for the homeowner and their family. Range hoods typically contain a duct (‘ducted’), which means that they ventilate air to the outside. In contrast, a ductless range hood lacks this property, utilizing its fan and charcoal filter to suck up, filter and recirculate these particles back into the air inside the home. One of the primary benefits of this model is emphasized in its name: ‘ductless.’ A traditional range hood must be installed where ductwork is present and able to push air outside; however, ductless range hoods are far more versatile in this regard; they can be installed anywhere in the kitchen and do not require wall plumbing.

Furthermore, ductless range hoods stand at an attractive price point. Cheaper models range anywhere from $40 and customized, expensive hoods often exceed $1,000, yet this enticing price tag does come with a few caveats. Since ductless range hoods contain a charcoal filter, steam, grease, and dirty air accumulate and quickly builds up in its interior, which means that the homeowner will periodically need to take apart the machine and thoroughly clean the filter. In conjunction with a charcoal filter, ductless range hoods can pose a health hazard if not regularly maintained. However, the air is filtered, and it is recirculated back into the kitchen environment. It needs to be cleaned frequently because dirty ductless range hoods can contaminate the space, damage the hood’s inner workings, and utilize excess fan energy to continue at optimum performance.



Upon evaluating its features, one may question if a ductless range hood is an appropriate addition to their kitchen. With spacious square footage and an abundance of cabinet space, ducted range hoods are often installed in commercial kitchen settings, as the volume of cooking is much higher. However, ductless range hoods also find their place in this environment, as larger interior spaces are not as easily overwhelmed with excess fumes and can settle more quickly before more is produced. Ductless range hoods are not an ideal option for small, compact kitchens frequently found in apartments and condos. They will not only be able to keep up with the amount of recirculated air, but they will also cause damage to the hood and cause a hefty filter cleaning schedule. It will also put unnecessary stress on the motor, which will cost the homeowner more money in the future.


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