This section of the CalFinder Library is dedicated to the topic of range hoods. Although most kitchens are equipped with a ceiling exhaust fan, many new kitchen remodels integrate range hoods.
One of the most enticing and comforting aspects of home cooking is the tantalizing aroma of food preparation. As the foods are sautéed, simmered, or fried on the range top, the combined aromas of oils, seasonings, and main ingredients can produce mouth-watering sensations and give an extra warm welcome to anyone entering the house.
As with most everything, though, there can be too much of a good thing. And especially in the case of homes with open floor plans, in which the kitchen is part of a larger living and dining space, the odors of food preparation can be overwhelming. Cooking on the range will also release oils and moisture into the air, and unless these are removed while they are rising from the range, they will cause a greasy film that attracts dust and settles into fibers.
Range hoods are an excellent solution to these problems, and they provide more efficient air circulation, odor removal, and grease and moisture elimination than most ceiling fans. They come in a variety of styles and levels of functionality. Before you choose the range hood that’s best suited to your kitchen remodel, here are some things to consider.
The following tips for choosing a range hood are provided by the kitchen experts at Lowe’s:
For information about range hood styles in stainless steel and copper, refer to articles about them in the Library.
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