If you have spent hours cleaning grime from your kitchen utensils or cabinets, you know why you need a kitchen hood. It is basically an electric fan inside a metal casing, which has the capability of capturing smoke, steam, grease, odors and gases. A range hood will clean up the air many times in an hour and promotes a sound heath of the family. It is available in many dimensions; finding one that would fit inside your kitchen is not a difficult job. Its installation is generally easy and can be maintained without much fuss. For the more stylish people there are many eye-catching designs available in the market. Nowadays, there are many types of hoods available in the market, like the canopy, retractable and fixed variants.
Kitchen hood can be classified in a number of ways. They can be classified on the basis of their installation process. The fixed range hood as the name suggests is fixed to the wall. It covers the entire stove area and is the most easy to install. It has quite a large filter. Then there is the retractable hood, which can be pulled out and placed over the stove while cooking and the rest of the times it could be kept inside. This concept of retracting the hood is very neat. They are however a little more expensive and performance wise not that good when compared to the other hoods. The third type is the canopy style Kitchen hood. These used to be a common feature of industrial kitchens but now they have become quite popular in homes too. They are the best performance wise but are quite expensive. They can be of the island or the wall mounted type range hood. Their huge size is a big problem for small kitchens.
Kitchen hood can be also classified on the basis in which they vent out the impure air. The main function of the kitchen hood is to treat air-borne contaminants present in the kitchen. There are ways in which the range hood works against these. There is the duct type hood, which forces all the contaminants from the kitchen outside the building using a vent or duct. These require to be installed near the window or anywhere else in the kitchen where a provision of a vent could be made. In kitchens where such an arrangement cannot be made, the internal or re-circulation hoods can be used with ease. These hoods use a series of charcoal filters to re-circulate fresh air inside the kitchen. Though it is less expensive, it is also less efficient than the duct type hood.
If you have finally decided on buying a kitchen hood, it is great news but one must look at a number of aspects while getting one. The speed and type of the internal fan, noise level, lighting system, size and the Cubic feet per minute rate are just some of these basic things to consider while getting a range hood. There are additional features as well like the heat sensor, which obviously calls for more money.