Adding or replacing a range hood is a great way to update the kitchen and improve your indoor air quality. There are plenty of range hoods on the market today that can fit with any style and budget. Replacing a range hood is an easy Saturday afternoon project for the average DIYer. For as little as $200, you can dramatically change the kitchen’s environment.
- 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.
Range Hood 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.