Discover Brama Range Hoods
The kitchen is the hub of the home, where families gather to create meals and memories. While cooking and baking delicious food can be fun, it is accompanied by mess and unwanted odors. A range hood can extract unwanted smells, fumes, and chemicals from the kitchen. Read on to learn more about Brama range hoods.
What is a Range Hood?
A range hood is a ventilation system or exhaust fan for the kitchen. The range hood sucks up the air, filters it, and then disperses it outdoors or recirculates the air into the kitchen. Range hoods are installed above the range, making them a focal point. Therefore, they should be both functional and stylish.
There are multiple types of range hoods, including ducted, convertible, and ductless. Ducted range hoods vent air to the home's exterior using a horizontal or vertical duct. Ductless range hoods are perfect for kitchens that cannot vent outside. In a ductless system, the range hood’s filter removes unwanted smells before distributing the clean air back into the space. A convertible range hood can be used to recirculate filtered air or, with a duct, vent the air externally. Whether you select a ducted or ductless range hood, you should pick one that matches or exceeds the width of your range.
Range hoods are also available for a variety of installations. Ceiling-mounted or island range hood is mounted to the ceiling and vents through ductwork, also located in the ceiling. Ceiling-mounted styles are popular in kitchens with an island with a built-in cooktop. Under-cabinet range hoods are attached to the bottom of a cabinet. The vent is directed through the cabinet. Wall-mounted range hoods are mounted above the stove and attached to the wall.
Standard Features of a Range Hood
When shopping for a range hood, look for a model with the following features:
- High CFM: CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. Select a model with a higher CFM.
- Fan: The fan inside the system will be rotary or centrifugal. Look for a unit with adjustable settings that allow you to control the sound of the fan.
- Heat Sensor: A heat sensor is an important feature that automatically turns the unit on when high heat is detected.
- Filter Monitor: Some units will alert you when it is time to replace the filter.
- Self-Cleaning: Select range hoods that are self-cleaning or filterless.
- Lighting: The range hood’s lighting helps you see what you are cooking.
Range Hood Installation and Maintenance
Before buying a range hood, you should consider its installation and maintenance. When selecting a ducted system, picking one with rectangular or round ductwork ensures ease of installation. You or your contractor must decide if a vertical or horizontal position for the ducting is best. Select a model with a higher CFM, especially when working with a gas range. Most range hoods can be easily cleaned using warm water and mild detergent. Filters must be cleaned often and, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions, are dishwasher safe. For detailed installation and maintenance guidelines, please read the owner's manual of your specific unit.
Try a Brama Range Hood
Range hoods keep the air in your kitchen fresh by filtering out unwanted odors and chemicals. The best range hood for your space matches or exceeds the width of your range, has controllable fan speeds and a higher CFM, includes lighting and meets your ducting capabilities. Do you need help selecting a range hood for your space? Contact the Brama experts at 1-800-777-8466 today.