By CLARICE SMYTH
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BEST RANGE HOOD SIZE
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Discussions on range ventilation systems (against the wall) can quickly turn very technical and become filled with professional recommendations and or IRC/ICC codes. In an effort to keep the discussion more conversational, I will attempt to share with you a few things to strongly consider when evaluating your current range ventilation system or installing your next one.
Key components in selecting the proper ventilation system.
- Duct path/layout and number of allowable turns.
- Hood width and depth vs range size.
- System Power and air make-up systems.
- Sones – operational noise level.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST RANGE HOOD The Factors You Need To Consider When Choosing The Best Range Hood. Discussions about Range Hoods can quickly turn technical and I want to break down the main points to consider so you can make a more informed decision. Thank You for spending your time with me. I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart.🤍
SONE RATING CHART
OVER THE RANGE VENT HOODS
There are three key components in selecting the proper ventilation system for your installation.
- Duct path. Improper ducting can diminish the ventilation system efficiency. The professional installer will follow the recommended proper duct layout, and the guidelines set forth by ventilation manufacturers. The number of allowable elbow turns and the length of the run will directly influence the size of the fan required to compensate for the longer distance and increased resistance. . This layout should be prepared before specifying the system.
- Hood width and depth. Range Vent Hoods should be the width of the range it is venting or wider. Extending the hood width 3″ – 6″, beyond the width of the range width, will provide the best possible capture of grease, smoke, and steam. Effective ventilation is always critical but even more critical with a gas cooking system. When cooking on a gas cooking system, there are byproducts of combustion, one being carbon monoxide. Because gas combustion produces water vapor, moisture is also an issue.
- System Power. The system should be strong enough to remove moisture and pollutants but not too large/strong that it creates an alternate serious set of problems. CFM -Cubic feet of air removed per minute. Exhaust hood systems that exhaust CFM at a rate in excess of 400 CFM must have, mechanically or naturally, a make-up air system at a rate approximately equal to the rate of air exhausted. (See HVI Chart above)
- Operational noise level. The level of noise produced by the ventilation system when in use is measured in Sones. The lower the sones number – units of loudness – the quieter the system. (See above reference chart.) The level of sound produced by the ventilation system may not seem important. However; it quickly becomes important if your’s is loud and you can’t hear the person across from you.
The vertical clearance above a range/cooktop surface to the bottom of any approved vent hood or other approved noncombustible material should be no less than 24″. The vertical clearance above a range/cooktop surface to the bottom of any combustible materials or metal cabinets should be no less than 30″.
The exhaust duct must be vented to the outside, not into the attic, soffit, ridge vent, or crawl spaces. In the “old days” (prior to the knowledge that it is unhealthy, will promote mold and mildew, and release back into your environment the pollutants you are trying to remove) the exhaust vents for the bathroom and kitchen were vented into the attic/eve-vent and left there to wreak havoc. DO NOT DO THIS. If this is how your exhaust vents are installed, have a professional vent them through the roof to the exterior …immediately.
Ventless hoods don’t remove pollutants to the same degree as a vented system. The ventless unit simply recirculates the air through a filter to remove a portion of pollutants, dispersing the remaining back into the air.
OVER THE RANGE MICROWAVE OVEN
Over-the-range microwaves with ventilation systems are not the best first choice. This arrangement should never be the default. A microwave placed over the range can be done, is done more often than it should be done, and is done when better options are available. A microwave placed over the range, allowing for the minimum clearance of 24″, is higher than the recommended maximum height of 54″ which increases potential harm to the user. When the microwave is installed to visually align with wall cabinets it is 15 to 18 inches over the cooktop or range not allowing the recommended minimum clearance. The depth of a microwave is less (12 to 13 inches is typical) than the range it vents and the ventilation systems tend to be limited in fan size, so they are not appropriate over larger ranges or cooktops. Microwaves with built-in ventilation systems provide less efficient coverage of the cooking surface.
Placement options might include the following: Place the microwave on the countertop, freestanding, or in an appliance garage. Install a drawer microwave. Build the microwave into the wall in combination with a wall oven. Install microwave in lower cabinet or island. Make sure that you follow all manufacturer guidelines and installation instructions for your chosen microwave/vent Hood.
Pictured Above. LG 1.8-cubic-foot Over-the-Range Microwave Oven Stainless Steel
LOW PROFILE OVER THE RANGE MICROWAVE OVEN HOOD COMBINATION
IF you do not have anywhere else to install a microwave, and you want one, then place it above the range but only as a last resort.
Considering all that was mentioned above, this Low-Profile microwave is a better choice than large/bulky microwaves. If you need to place a microwave above the range – this could be a better option. It is available in stainless steel, white, and black.
The Whirlpool Low Profile Microwave Vent Hood is 10-5/16″ High, 29-7/8″ wide, a8″ deep – allowing more clearance than traditional microwaves.
Make sure that whichever over the range vent hood you choose that you follow all related codes, guidelines, and manufacturer installation instructions.
BROAN ELITE STAINLESS CUSTOM POWER PACK RANGE HOOD
Vent Hoods are available in many shapes, sizes, and materials. If you search you will find one that matches your style or inspires you.
A vent hood like this Broan Elite Stainless Custom Power Pack Range Hood is rated 400 CFM. (First image) This is a power pack designed to be inserted into a custom cabinetry design. This picture is just a sample application. Broan does not supply any of the wood cabinetry or anything that you see pictured here with wood.
Add a semi-custom look to your kitchen with this ZLINE Wall Mount Range Hood, convertible Vent, in unfinished Wood to stain or paint in your choice of colors. (Image 2 and 3)
AKDY 30" ISLAND MOUNT KITCHEN RANGE HOOD VENT DESIGN
You might consider a copper finish to add warmth or an old-world or traditional feel. This AKDY 30″ Island Mount Kitchen Range Hood with Vine Design adds a designer touch with great color and detail.
STAINLESS STEEL CONVERTIBLE UNDER CABINET RANGE HOOD, 30"
A ventilation system is required for surface cooking. The most economical vent hood is a basic 6″ high unit. If you have a cabinet above your range, instead of a vent hood, the vertical clearance should be no less than 30″ to any combustible material or metal cabinet. Like this Hauslane Chef Series 30-inch B018 Convertible Under Cabinet Range Hood, 3-Way Venting, 250 CFM.
WHAT VENT HOOD SIZE IS BEST - IT'S A WRAP
This was a quick overview of considerations, recommendations, guidelines, and or codes related to over the range, against the wall, ventilation systems. (Island range/cooktop vent hoods have recommendations specific to them.)
I have tried to keep this information as low tech and real as possible while still providing important information on what to consider when choosing an over-the-range, against the wall, vent hood range.
To find out if you have the proper Vent Hood for your cooktop or range, review the manual of each appliance and see if they meet recommended specifications. If they do, awesome. If not, it’s time for an update.
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