Choosing a range hood..

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We've picked out our stove:
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-hgfirsthome&msg=2917.1

or cooktop:
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-hgfirsthome&msg=2912.1

Now it's time to look at range hoods.

We've already called attention to some trends:
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-hgfirsthome&msg=2906.1

but how do you go about CHOOSING the right hood for your kitchen? Or do you even NEED a range hood?

That's what this thread is about!

So let's start with:
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Choosing a Range Hood by Brand

from http://kitchenrenovations.wordpress.com/2008/01/24/choosing-a-range-hood-by-brand/

Everyone has the occasional cooking fiasco, which typically includes burnt food. Range hoods are important for filtering or channeling the smoke and fumes to the outdoors, so the haziness or odors don’t spread to the rest of the home. Having a good quality range hood is important in maintaining a pleasant kitchen environment while cooking. This week, Kitchens by Renovation Experts wanted to find out which brand of range hood people would prefer to keep their kitchens smoke and odor free.

Poll participants were given some of the top brands to choose from. The options included RangeMaster, General Electric (GE), Broan and KitchenAid. GE was by far the most popular choice and took in exactly half of the votes. KitchenAid was the next big leader with 38 percent of people saying they trust this well-known brand for their range hood needs.

Rounding out the poll results were Broan and RangeMaster with 8 and 4 percent, respectively. While these two brands specialize in the production of range hood systems, it appears that many homeowners tend to want the typically more affordable range hoods from general appliance companies, such as GE and KitchenAId. Another possibility is that people have had good experience with both these brands in the past, and base their decisions on their previous positive association with the names.



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from http://www.rusticgirls.com/kitchen-renovation-tips.html

Ventilation

· It is imperative that your newly renovated kitchen is properly ventilated. The cook top must be vented and you must choose whether to choose a hood or an inconspicuous downdraft.

· Be sure to make choices about your ventilation system before kitchen renovations begin. Any decision or ideas should be recorded in your renovation journal.

· If you choose to hire a contractor, be sure he is aware of the type of ventilation system you wish to have before the project begins. This will aid him in assuring that the ventilation system is properly installed.



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Hoods You Can Trust
By: ANNA HOLBROOK
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,220906,00.html

A simmering pot of soup. A sizzling pan of onions. These aromas are wonderful, but the moisture, grease, odors and heat their preparation produces aren't as pleasant. Some of these cooking by-products can be destructive. Steam, for instance, will condense on windows and inside exterior walls, leading to rot. And carbon monoxide -- the result of combustion from a gas range -- is life-threatening if it builds up. The best way to protect yourself and your home is with good mechanical ventilation.

Venting Options

Basic wall-mounted units start at about $50. In the $200 to $400 range, you'll find hoods equipped with multiple lights, timers and easy-clean surfaces. For a little more money, you can get a slim hood that slides out from beneath the cabinetry above the range and is practically invisible when not in use. Another style integrates the vent system with a microwave that's installed on the wall over the range.

Downdraft systems present an unobtrusive option. These "pop-up" models usually are incorporated into the range and remain even with the cooking surface until needed, when they rise 8 to 10 in. above the cooking surface. In other models, the vent is located on the surface of the range near the burners.

Downdraft units must work harder to remove air from the kitchen, and they can be ineffective on the burners that are farthest away and on steam and odors from tallstockpots. The fan (some use more than one) pulls the air through a filter and down into the plenum. From there, the fan moves the air through ductwork beneath the floor or along the cabinet kick space. This arrangement makes a downdraft unit more expensive to install.

Still, in some situations, a downdraft vent may be the best choice. For example, when the cooktop is located on an island or peninsula, an overhead range hood can be impractical or fill what was designed as open space. Cooktops that include downdraft ventilation at the rear start at about $900. Separate downdraft units retrofitted to existing cooktops start at about $600.

Another option is to put the vent hood on center stage in the kitchen. Trimmed with tile, wood panels or stainless steel, a range or cooktop hood can be the focal point of a big kitchen. Such semicustom and custom hoods run from $800 to $2,000, or even more, depending on the power of the exhaust system and the details of the design.

One type of vent hood you should avoid is the recirculating range hood. "These aren't really ventilation systems at all," says Dale Rammien, director of the Home Ventilating Institute, a trade organization that represents manufacturers of ventilation equipment. At an average cost of about $50, a recirculating hood seems a bargain because it doesn't require ductwork. But it doesn't really provide ventilation -- it merely pulls the cooking effluent through a filter and sends its back into the room, noxious gases and all. "They do next to nothing to filter the air," Rammien says.

Range and Cooktop Hoods
Range and cooktop hoods work because warm air rises. The canopy, or hood, portion of the system, usually made of steel, should be at least as wide as the range top to effectively capture the air and steam as they rise (see "Sizing a Ventilation System"). The hollow cavity, or sump, under the hood collects the dirty air until a fan pulls or pushes it through the ducts to the outside. A deep sump holds more air than a shallow one. But because of the demand for sleeker hoods, manufacturers have come up with different ways to handle the air. Some have made their fans more powerful, but others, including Broan-NuTone and Gaggenau, have introduced hoods that pump air out around their edges, creating a flow that traps the air from the cooking surface until the fan can remove it.

At the heart of the ventilation system is the fan(s) it uses. An axial fan looks like a ceiling fan, while a centrifugal fan resembles a squirrel cage. A centrifugal fan moves more air than an axial unit does, and is better suited to long duct runs. However, an axial fans is less expensive.

The amount of air the fan can move is measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm). The Home Ventilating Institute recommends a minimum of 40 cfm for every linear foot of your range. That means a 120-cfm unit should be just enough for an average-size range. For a downdraft unit, that figure jumps to a minimum of 150 cfm. A remote-mounted motor, whose fan is located at the end of the ductwork rather than in the canopy so it's less noisy, also requires a higher cfm. How much higher depends on a number of variables, with length and layout of duct runs being the most important. Figure up to 400 cfm for a wall unit and as high as 600 cfm for an island cooktop.

"You'll get much better results with a stronger ventilating system" Dale Rammien says. That's especially true if you have a commercial range, which can throw out upwards of 15,000 Btu per burner. That means a tremendous amount of extra heat and more gaseous by-products. "A commercial range requires a souped-up hood," Rammien adds.

In addition to a powerful fan, a quality system will also come equipped with sturdy filters. These trap grease and particles and prevent them from passing into the ductwork, clogging it and turning it into a potential source of fire. The filter should fit snugly and lift out easily for cleaning.

The Noise Factor
Manufacturer research shows that noisy homeowners do not use their fan if it's noisy. A few years ago, most systems operated at between 3 and 8 sones. Some now run at less than 1 sone -- about equivalent to the gentle hum of a refrigerator. Generally speaking, the stronger the unit, the noisier it is when running. But much depends on the quality and location of the motor, the type of fan, the type of the filter and the size and length of the ductwork.

uctwork
Unless carefully planned and installed, ductwork can ruin the performance of a good ventilation unit. "Shorter is better," Rammien says. Indeed, a duct run should be limited to 30 ft. or less to keep the air moving. It must also be vented to the outside. Unfortunately, in some older homes, the ductwork terminates in the attic or basement, dumping the moisture and cooking effluent back into the house.

Turns, which require elbows in the ductwork, and transitions from one type or size of ductwork to another should be minimized or avoided altogether because they restrict airflow. Another rule of thumb, Rammien explains, is, "Never downsize the ductwork in the middle of a run. This provides a place for grease and particles to collect."

The dimensions of the ducts vary according to the size of the range hood. Units up to 600 cfm requires 3 1/4 x 10-in. or 7- or 8-in. round ductwork. Joints should be carefully sealed with professional (not cloth-backed) duct tape to keep air from leaking out of the ducts.

A ventilation system is an important component in any kitchen. To make sure you end up with the right one, choose a range hood that is not only large enough to handle your needs but also attractive enough to complement the rest of the kitchen.

Sizing a Ventilation System

Conventional Range or Cooktop
•Install hood 24 to 30 in. above cooking surface

•Hood should extend 3 in. on each side of cooktop

•Fan should move 120 cfm for average-size range for light cooking and up to 200 to 400 cfm for heavy cooking

Island Cooktop
•Install hood 24 to 30 in. above surface for conventional equipment

•Hood should be same size as cooktop

•Minimum 180 cfm; 450 to 600 cfm is preferred

Commercial Equipment
•Install hood 30 to 36 in. above cooktop

•1 cfm for every 100 Btu delivered by all of the burners



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"Range hoods started their existence as a practical answer to hot, smelly kitchens. These days, while they still are expected to do that job, they have another, equally important responsibility: Range hoods have to make a fashion statement."

So starts the product review at appliance.com.
http://www.appliance.com/editorial.php?article=1249&zone=1000&first=1

But there is even more to consider...like noise!



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