Hartford, Wis., October 7, 2010 – Does your cooking center cause you frustration? It doesn't need to. It is amazing how a simple and affordable range hood replacement can truly improve your cooking center and enhance your cooking experience at the same time. And with the holidays around the corner, now is the time to think about making simple upgrades to the kitchen to make certain your home is an inviting place to entertain family and friends.
Selecting the right range hood is easier than you may think, but there are a number of factors to consider when selecting the appropriate range hood for your home. Broan-NuTone®, the leader in kitchen ventilation, has now put its industry expertise and research in the hands of the consumer with this helpful guide to selecting the best range hood for any kitchen regardless of style or budget.
"Research shows that consumers want style, quiet, ease of cleaning, lighting and performance in a range hood. Price is a contributing factor as well," says Brian Wellnitz, marketing manager, kitchen ventilation, Broan-NuTone. Range hoods from Broan-NuTone truly exceed expectations with regard to how a range hood can change the way one cooks as a result of new improvements to range hood technology."
Adding or replacing a range hood is a great way to update the kitchen and your indoor air quality (IAQ). There are a number of hoods on the market today that can fit with a homeowner's style and budget. Replacing a hood is an easy Saturday afternoon project for the average DIY-er, according to Wellnitz. For as little as $200, you can dramatically change the kitchen's environment. With this in mind, Broan-NuTone, one of the largest range hood manufacturers in the U.S., offers the following criteria for homeowners to consider when selecting the right range hood for the home.
1. Style – A range hood can make a big difference in a kitchen no matter what your current kitchen looks like. There are a variety of range hood designs on the market today that can accommodate your style of cooking and the current style of your home. Styles include under-cabinet range hoods that allow for more cabinet space, wall-mounted chimney hoods that can add a European flair, pro-style hoods for the more professional cooking center and custom systems that can be concealed inside cabinet or mantel designs.
2. Operating Performance – The range hood can help ensure indoor air quality better than any other appliance in the kitchen. While some kitchens are designed with either re-circulating hoods or hoods incorporated into a microwave/hood unit, the best choice is a range hood that ducts to the outside. According to a number of leading organizations including the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exhausting pollutants and moisture from the home is one of the best ways to ensure better IAQ. Pollutants from cooking, as
pictured below left, can linger for days before settling on surrounding surfaces, tarnishing cabinets, discoloring wall finishes and leaving unwanted odor in the home. The right range hood can help exhaust these pollutants to the outside, making for a healthier home.
CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) is the standard measure for a range hood exhaust capacity. Look for certified ratings like HVI to assure the rating is accurate. A simple rule of thumb for assuring adequate CFM for most applications is the following:
- · 300 to 350 CFM for 30- to 36-inch wide conventional cooking appliances?increase for wider models.
- · 500 CFM or more for cooking appliances that are classified as high performance or professional style.
- · Make sure the duct size between the hood and outdoors is equal to the outlet of the hood.
3. Sound – Wouldn't it be nice to actually hear your guests while you are operating the range hood? Be sure to remember that not all range hoods are created equal. Many hoods say they are quiet, but you really should rely on certified ratings and Sone levels. The lower the Sone level, the quieter the hood will be. When selecting a range hood, look for multiple speeds (three or more) with the lowest Sone number at normal operating speed. If you are currently operating your hood on high all the time, it is a possible indicator that the range hood is inferior for your application and you should seriously think about replacing it.
4. Ease of Cleaning – Cleaning your range hood, just keeps getting easier. Be sure to look for a clean, efficient design with smooth surfaces and fully-enclosed bottoms that help to reduce grease buildup. Additionally, easy-to-release, dishwasher-safe filters allow for easy, less frequent cleaning.
5. Technology and Controls – High-tech features have been integrated into range hoods, just as they have with many home appliances. And these "smart" controls are now available on many range hoods, not just with high-end hoods. Some hoods even offer automatic heat sensors – allowing the range hood to turn on by itself when it detects an abundance of heat or particles in the air. Additionally, as more people are staying in their homes as they age, a convenient remote control can be included to allow for easier operation. Be sure to also consider an advanced electronic touch panel with a clock and timer.
6. Lighting – With the cooler months ahead and the holiday season demanding more homemade fare, you will most likely be cooking more indoors and good lighting can make a big difference. The range hood should be able to provide you with lighting evenly distributed over the entire cooking surface, helping you to actually see what you are cooking! Even with baking, the oven light can never fully illuminate the cake, pie or casserole inside the oven, making enhanced range hood lighting even more essential when checking your creation. Be sure to select a range hood with enhanced lighting capacity, such as the example pictured right. The best models have lighting systems with four halogen lights that are focused on the cooking area of the range, doubling the illumination of the cooking surface. Additionally, automatic light sensors are available for nighttime safety – eliminating potential bumps and bruises when satisfying a midnight snack craving.
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For more information about the full line of Broan-NuTone products, call 800-558-1711 (Broan), 888-336-3948 (NuTone), write Broan-NuTone, 926 W. State Street, Hartford, WI 53027 U.S.A. or visit www.Broan.com or www.NuTone.com