How do I select a range hood?
The new hood should be at least as wide as the range or cooktop and preferably 3 inches longer on each side. The most common widths are 30 and 36 inches. For optimal performance, install a hood between 20 and 24 inches away from an electric cooktop and 24 to 30 inches from a gas cooktop.
What type of hoods are available?
Should I choose a duct or ductless range hood?
Often called a re-circulating range hood a ductless hood will filter the air, generally through carbon filters, and return the air back into the kitchen area. A ducted Range Hoods do not use or need charcoal filters because they remove the air to the outside of the house through “duct work”.
What size blower motor do I need?
The size of the cooking surface, the amount of heat produced by the cooking surface, and the volume of the kitchen. If the range hood is attached to a wall, you should have 100 cubic feet per minute(cfm) per linear foot. So if you have a 30" wide range, you should have a hood rated at 250 cfm ((30/12)*100 =250).
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