Author: James Zhao, Sr. Tech Specialist & Alex Park, Product Specialist
A range hood is an essential appliance in any kitchen, as it removes smoke, gasses, and cooking odors from the air. However, many homeowners may have questions about range hoods, such as do I need one, how to choose the right size, what type of filter to use, and how to install and maintain one.
In this article, the team at FOTILE America will address some of the most frequently asked questions about range hoods to help you make the best decision for your kitchen. From understanding the difference between vented and non-vented hoods to knowing how to troubleshoot common problems, this guide will give you the knowledge you need to keep your kitchen clean, fresh, and safe. At the end, we'll also answer common questions about our own range hood products.
Questions we’ll answer include:
A range hood is an appliance installed above a stove or cooktop in your kitchen. Its primary function is to remove smoke, gasses, and odors from the air by drawing them up and either venting them outside or circulating them through a charcoal filter. Range hoods come in various sizes and styles, and can be either vented or recirculating (non-vented).
There are several styles of range hoods, including:
Measuring for a range hood involves determining the size and placement of the hood based on the size and location of your cooktop. Here are the steps you should follow:
You should always double-check your measurements and consult the manufacturer's instructions before purchasing a range hood. Hire a professional to install your range hood, especially if you're venting it to the outside, to ensure proper installation and compliance with local building codes.
There are several benefits of having a range hood in your kitchen, including:
Installing a range hood is often a complex task that involves electrical wiring, venting, and air ductwork. If you are not familiar with these types of projects, it is recommended that you hire a professional to install your range hood. A professional can ensure that your range hood is installed correctly and safely and that it complies with local building codes.
If you do choose to install a vented range hood yourself, it is important that you read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. You need to have a basic knowledge of electrical wiring, venting, and air ductwork, as well as the necessary tools and equipment.
Installing a non-vented range hood is much easier, and can often be done by a handyman. However, it is still important to follow the instructions so the unit is properly installed and ventilated.
It's generally recommended to clean a range hood every three to six months to help it operate more effectively. How often a range hood needs cleaning also depends on how frequently you use your stove. If you use your stove often, you may need to clean your hood monthly.
Here are some tips for cleaning a range hood:
Remember to check the manufacturer's instructions for any range hood cleaning guidelines and use only appropriate cleaning products.
Range hoods are commonly made from stainless steel or glass, as well as less popular materials like aluminum, copper, wood, or plastic. Here are details about each material:
Choosing a material for your range hood should be based on your aesthetic tastes, kitchen decor, and budget.
The main difference between a vented and a non-vented (also known as recirculating) range hood is the way they remove smoke, steam, and odors from the air.
A vented range hood (also known as a ducted hood) is connected to an air duct that ventilates dirty air to the outside of the home. This type of range hood is typically more efficient at removing smoke and odors, but it also requires more installation work and can be more expensive.
A non-vented range hood (also known as a recirculating hood or ductless hood) doesn't require a vent or duct to be installed. Instead, it filters the air through an activated charcoal filter before recirculating clean air back into the kitchen. This type of hood is more affordable and convenient to install, but it's less efficient at removing smoke and requires more maintenance, as the charcoal filter needs to be replaced periodically.
If you live in a home with an average-sized kitchen, vented range hoods are typically the best option. However, non-vented hoods are necessary for apartments, small kitchens, or kitchens that don’t have a wall attached to the outside of your home. It's important to consider the specific needs of your kitchen and the local building codes before making a decision.
Choosing the right size range hood for your kitchen depends on the size and layout of your cooktop, as well as the size of your kitchen. Here are some general guidelines for determining the appropriate size for your range hood:
It's important to keep in mind that the above are general guidelines. We always recommend that you consult a professional before purchasing a range hood, as local building codes may have minimum size requirements for your kitchen.
It's always important to check with your local building codes before installing a range hood to ensure that it is installed safely and correctly. Some common regulations include:
The main difference between a wall-mounted and an island range hood is the location of where they are installed.
A wall-mounted range hood is the most common type of range hood, and it is installed above a stove or cooktop that is located against a wall.
An island range hood is designed to be suspended from the ceiling above an island cooktop. This type of hood is typically larger than a wall-mounted hood to accommodate the larger cooking area.
Both types of hoods have similar functions and can be either vented or non-vented. Island hoods tend to be larger and more powerful than wall-mounted hoods to accommodate the larger cooking area. The style of hood you choose will depend on the design of your kitchen and your personal taste.
Yes, in fact this is the most common usage for range hoods. Gas stoves can release more grease, moisture, and smoke into the air than electric stoves. A range hood can help keep kitchen air clean and prevent damage to walls and ceilings.
If you choose a ducted or vented range hood, make sure the hood is properly vented to the outside. Otherwise, the hood may not adequately filter dangerous gasses like carbon monoxide that can come from a gas stove.
When buying a range hood, make sure it is the right size and has an adequate CFM rating to filter out the byproducts of your gas stove.
There are several common problems that you may encounter with your range hood. Luckily, many of them have easy fixes that you can troubleshoot on your own.
If you are unable to troubleshoot and fix the problem, it's always best to contact a professional for help. In the event that you need to replace your range hood, always keep your warranty card and related information in a safe place.
A range hood and a microwave hood are similar in that they both remove smoke, steam, and cooking odors from the air in your kitchen, but they are designed for different kitchen designs.
A range hood is designed to be installed above a stove or cooktop, and its main function is to remove smoke, steam, and cooking odors from the air. A range hood can vent air to the outside or filter out particles to recirculate clean air back into your kitchen.
A microwave hood, also known as a microwave hood combination or over-the-range microwave, is a combination of a microwave oven and a range hood. They can be installed above a stove or cooktop, and they act as both an effective range hood to eliminate gasses and odors and a wall-mounted microwave oven.
A microwave hood combination can save space in the kitchen and is a convenient option for small kitchens. It also has the advantage of being able to vent the smoke and odors that happen while cooking in the microwave as well. The hood style you choose will depend on the size of your kitchen, the size of your cooktop, and your personal preferences.
Most range hoods come with a filter to capture grease, smoke, and odors. The type of filter that your range hood uses will vary based on the style you choose, but the most common types are:
It's important to check the guidelines for cleaning or replacing the filters of your range hood, as they can vary depending on the type of filter and the model of the hood. Most filters need to be cleaned or replaced every 3 to 6 months to ensure that the hood is working efficiently.
It's also important to note that a dirty filter can restrict airflow and reduce the effectiveness of the hood, so it's essential to keep the filters clean and replace them when they are dirty.
In addition to common questions about range hoods in general, we also get asked specific questions about our range hood models. Here are some of the most common questions.
While both of these are 30" range hood models, the JQG7501 is less expensive because it has a lower max equivalent CFM (850) and a higher minimum noise level (39dB) compared to the JQG7505, which has 1,000 max equivalent CFM and a 39dB minimum noise level. In other words, the JQG7505 is more powerful and quieter.
The JQG7501 and JQG9001 are similar range hood models except the JQG7501 is 30" in size and the JQG9001 is 36" in size. Otherwise, both range hoods are black tempered glass with 850 CFM (max equivalent) and 39dB minimum noise level.
FOTILE is a leader in kitchen ventilation innovation. We create range hoods in a variety of sizes and styles to meet the needs of your modern home. Shop our range hoods to learn more information.