Thursday, October 23, 2014

Is a 36" Range Hood Right for Me? Determining the Right Range Hood Size.

Vent Hoods or Range Hoods are an essential part of any kitchen and a little research will go a long way in choosing the right 36” Range Hood or Vent Hood for you. 

 If you are considering How to pick the right 36” Range Hood then making sure that you choose the right size Vent Hood for your stovetop will allow the Range Hood or Vent Hood canopy to capture and remove the cooking exhaust from your kitchen.  The right size Range Hood for your kitchen cooking environment will make cooking a pleasure year round while working efficiently to keep your indoor air quality the best it can be. 

 The 2 most important things to consider before purchasing your 36” Range Hood, are the cooktop size and the Range Hood or Vent Hood mounting method.   After you read this quick guide on ‘How to Choose the right 36” Range Hood’ you will have everything you need to measure your space, determine your mounting method and begin shopping for that beautiful new Range Hood


 The single most important factor in asking “How do I determine the right size Range Hood?” is the cooktop size.  The Range Hood or Vent Hood should never be smaller than the cooktop.  With this in mind, the typical 36” range hood is installed over 30-36” cooktops and this size is probably the most popular size for Range Hood and Vent Hood models for installation in many kitchen environments.   Why is this so important?  For a Range Hood to perform efficiently it must be able to capture the heat, steam and smoke as it rises....and hot air rises fast.  So a correctly sized Range Hood should never be smaller than the cooking surface it is installed over. 


 The next thing to consider is where you will be installing your 36” range hood. This will determine the type of Range Hood or Vent Hood you’re looking for. There are four mounting styles; Wall, Island, Under Cabinet and a Custom Range Hood Insert/Liner. 

36” Wall Mount:  Installed directly above the stove top surface on a vertical wall. May or may not have a chimney or flue cover (this is the broadest category and includes the under cabinet models in some cases) 

36” Island Mount: Mounted on the ceiling and hangs down over the cooking surface on an Island. 

36” Under Cabinet Mount: Installed directly above your cooktop and attached beneath an existing cabinet. 

36” Insert or Liner: A Range Hood “Insert or Liner” is normally mounted inside an enclosure already installed, such as a custom hood. They do not have their own ‘body’.


 Once you know your mount type and wall space available, the actual width or size of the Range Hood can be slightly different for each installation.     

•    Wall Mount - For a 36” wall mount Range Hood, the Range Hood needs to be at least the same size as your cooktop and in some cases, if you spend a lot of time at the cooktop you will want to consider a Range Hood that is 6 inches larger, allowing for a 3” overlap on each side.  This will depend on your cooking style. For example; your 36” Range Hood will go over a 30” cooktop.     

•    Island Mount -  The Island Range Hood has to compete with open air and cross drafts, making it more difficult trap the smoke, and odor from the fast rising air.  So for a 36” Island Mount Range Hood the Range Hood should extend 3” to 6” on both sides of the cooktop. For example; the typical 36” Range Hood would go over a 30” cooktop.     

•    Insert or Liner - With any Range Hood Insert or Range Hood Liner, the size is determined by the enclosure it is being installed in. Typically Liners and Inserts are 2-3” narrower in width than the common range hood.  For example; a 34” insert or liner will generally fit a 36” Custom Vent Hood.     

•    Under Cabinet - For an Under Cabinet Range Hood, the width and depth need to match the cabinet widths.  So a 36” Range Hood will be installed under a 36” cabinet and the cooktop will generally be 36”.  Sometimes a 36” Undercabinet hood is put over a 30” cooktop and this improves the performance and efficiency of the Range Hood or Vent Hood dramatically. 

 Now that you understand how to define your Range Hood type and mounting method you can confidently shop for the design and choose the best 36” Range Hood for your Kitchen project.

Monday, September 22, 2014

What are Sones? ...and why are they important in choosing a Range Hood.

The noise level of most Range Hoods or Vent Hoods is measured in “Sones”.   

A Sone is a recognized measurement of perceived loudness. Sones are measured in units and use a linear scale. The lower the sone value, the quieter the perceived loudness or, in this case, your Range Hood. 
The measurement begins at 1.0 units and increases, therefore 2 sones is twice as loud as 1 sone and 5 sones is five times louder than 1 sone. For Range Hoods, it describes the sound output of your blower.  As a point of reference, 1.0 sone is approximately the equivalent of a quiet refrigerator.
Many of us use the kitchen for more than just cooking alone. The kitchen is as much the social hub of the home as it is the area for preparing and eating food.  So why would you want your family moments to be drowned out by your range hood blower? evaluating different Range hoods, compare the CFM rating and sone value at the lowest blower speed, as well as the highest. Some range hood blowers with 1200 CFM are far quieter than others with 600 CFM. The more air you can move as quietly as possible is the key!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Finding Secure Wall Anchors for Your Range Hood

One of the questions that gets asked a lot is "do I need to anchor my range hood to a stud?" finding_a_stud_16That's a regular occurrence and you do need anchor your range hood to a stud. It's an important part of installing really anything that needs to be supported so your going to get some shelving from IKEA or something that needs to be hung from a wall Home Depot, your going to need to find a stud. finding_a_stud_outletSo there are some basic principles to understand, On a wall, you may see that there is an outlet. Now normally an outlet is on a stud right next to an outlet so that's an easy location to find. Now the next thing that is important to note is in the United States most framing in houses is on sixteen (16) inch centers. Occasionally you'll run into some older homes framed on twenty four (24) inch centers framed with lack an plaster, but generally, it's sixteen inch centers. So if my stud started on the outside of the outlet then the next center of my stud would be sixteen (16) inches in either direction. There is usually a single layer of sheet rock over a wood stud where you knock on the sheet rock, it is going to sound solid where the stud is. Where there is no stud, it will sound hollow, finding_a_stud_tapekind of like a drum. Now the nice thing about knowing this is that now you have a pretty good idea on where the rest of your studs are located.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How To Choose The Right Range Hood Size

Range Hoods are an often overlooked but very essential kitchen appliance. How to choose the right Range Hood size is important and a little research will go a long way in choosing the right size Range Hood for you. The right Range Hood or Vent Hood Size will effortlessly remove the heat, smoke, grease and odor produced during cooking and your Vent Hood can be a lifesaver in helping create the most inviting environment, in one of the most important rooms in your house during those important gatherings and meals. Here are a few tips to ensure that you have chosen the right Range Hood size that will best fit your stovetop and cooking needs.

COOKTOP SIZE The single most important factor in asking “How do I choose the right size Range Hood?” is the cooktop size. For a Range Hood to perform it must be able to capture the heat, steam and smoke as it rises....remember, hot air rises, and fast. So a properly sized Range Hood should never be smaller than the cooking surface.

MOUNTING STYLE To begin with, consider where you are installing your range hood and what type of mount you will need. Is the installation for a Wall, Island, Under Cabinet or an Insert? Let me define them here. Wall Mounted Hoods: Installed on a vertical wall directly above the cooking surface. Island Hoods: Attached to the ceiling and hang down directly above an Island, over the cooktop. Under Cabinet Range Hoods: Installed under an existing cabinet directly above your stove top. Range Hood Insert or Range Hood Liner: Generally used in a Custom Range Hood, it is a Vent Hood that does not have it’s own "body". These are mounted inside a custom hood enclosure that is already installed in your kitchen. 

SIZING GUIDE Now that you know where you’re installing your Range Hood, lets look at how each type of installation requires slightly different sizing.
  • Wall Mount Range Hood installations need to be no smaller than the size of your cooktop and preferably have an extra overhang on each side of 3” or more depending on your cooking style. 
  • Island Mount Range Hoods have to compete with cross drafts in the kitchen which make it harder to trap and vent out the smoke, odor and grease from the air. Ideally your Vent Hood Canopy should extend 3” to 6” on either side of the cooktop. 
  • Insert/Liner or Under Cabinet Range Hoods will need to match the dimensions of the Cabinet or Custom Hood they are being installed under. It is essential to measure properly. Be sure you have measured the width, depth and height.
Once you’ve considered these points, you can be assured you have chosen the right size Range Hood for your kitchen.

Remodeling and Home Design

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How To Pick The Right Size Range Hood And Blower For Electric or Gas Cooktops

How much CFM do I need for my Range Hood?

In this article we will discuss why the type of cooktop you have will determine the Range Hood or Vent Hood that will best suit your needs.  A range hood over a gas cooktop will need to be larger and require higher CFM than a vent hood over an electric cooktop of the same size. Though many think bigger is better, that is not always the case. A range hood removes the air from your cooking area, whether it’s smoke, grease, air conditioned or heated air. So if you live in a warm climate with the air conditioner running non stop, and draw out 1200 CFM, just remember your cooled air is being extracted as well. It’s important to have the right amount of CFM for the right cooking style and environment.  

The right Range Hood for Electric Cooktops...

An electric cooktop is most commonly used by consumers. Though we all want the best Range Hood possible, a simple rule of thumb is 10 CFM for every inch of width in your cooktop. For example, if you have a 30” cooktop you will need a minimum of 300 CFM for your range hood. There are other things to consider that would require additional CFM which we will discuss later in this article, but there is the basic answer.

* Electric cooktops need 10 CFM for every inch of cooktop width.*

One advantage of using an electric cooktop is that gas isn’t being used to generate the heat, therefore the additional heat created by burning gas does not have to be exhausted as well. You only need to remove the heat, smoke, grease and odor created by the food you’re cooking.

The right Range Hood for Gas Cooktops...

Gas cooktops are popular, especially with serious cooks and there are many high output gas cooktops available today. With a gas cooktop, you burn Propane or Natural Gas which mixes with oxygen in the air, it expands and then rises. The volume of exhaust from a gas cooktop requires a considerable amount of air to be removed to ensure the cooking area maintains a constant temperature. 

For Gas Cooktops, the most widely accepted standard being used in determining the CFM for your Range Hood is based on the total BTU’s or British Thermal Units produced by the cooktop. BTU’s are a measurement of maximum heat that each burner, grill or griddle puts out.

The standard rule for Gas Cooktops is a minimum of 100 CFM of airflow for every 10,000 BTU’s of heat energy. For example, you have a 48” gas cooktop with 6 burners and a grill.  Add the total BTU’s for each burner and the grill, let’s say it was 60,000 BTU’s for the burners and 20,000 BTU’s for the grill totaling 80,000 BTU’s. With 100 CFM’s for every 10,000 BTU’s that means you will need an 800 CFM Range Hood.

Other things to consider...

Now that you know how to calculate the standard CFM needs for both Electric and Gas Cooktops there are a few other things to consider. The coverage area, the height the Range Hood is mounted above the cooktop, your cooking style and design all play a big role in your Vent Hood performance.

The higher you mount your Range Hood, the more CFM you will need in order to vent the air properly. Never mount your Vent hood closer than 28 inches above your stove top or you risk melting parts of your hood.

The way your hood is ducted can require additional CFM. The length of the ductwork, the amount of 90 degree bends and the diameter of your ducting will all add additional CFM needs.

If your cooking style has you frequently cooking extra greasy or pungent foods, you will also want more CFM to keep your kitchen air free from airborne contaminants. 

Finally, if your Vent Hood is mounted over an island, it will have to compete with more cross breezes than a wall mounted hood, thus requiring additional CFM.

Thanks for reading, I hope you find this information useful in assisting you in determining the CFM needs for your new Range Hood

Have Fun and Happy Cooking!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Halogen vs. LED Light Bulbs, Which is Best?

What is the difference between Halogen light bulbs and LED light bulbs and how do they compare? Lets first take a look at how an LED or a Halogen bulb emits light. 

HOW DO THEY WORK? Halogen bulbs are technically incandescent light bulbs. Illumination occurs in both when a tungsten filament is sufficiently heated to emit light. A Halogen bulb however, contains traces of Halogen in their fill gas, thus the name Halogen bulbs and they do produce quite a bit of heat. This provides the benefit of a longer lifespan and a slightly higher efficiency than a standard incandescent bulb. 

 LED bulbs or Light Emitting Diode, produces light when an electrical current is run in an arc pattern between two electrodes within its semiconductor structure. LED lighting is considered to be “energy efficient lighting”, which means that the light they produce uses a very small amount of power. 

HOW DO HALOGEN AND LED LIGHTS COMPARE? Halogen light bulbs will typically last between 2,000 to 5,000 hours, about two to three times as long as an incandescent bulb. LED lights on the other hand have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, at least 10 times longer than a Halogen light bulb. This means you will rarely have to replace an LED bulb which will produce less waste on the planet. According to, an LED light bulb can last an upwards of 50 times as long as an incandescent light bulb.

LED lights use a quarter of the wattage needed to produce the same illumination as a Halogen bulb, meaning, the lumen or light output per watt ratio is much better in an LED. For example, an LED bulb only needs 4.5 watts to produce the same amount of light as a Halogen using 20 watts of power. Compare this to a standard incandescent light bulb which will use 40 watts of power to produce the same amount of light as the LED or Halogen light bulb. 

 Being able to power an LED lighting system with much less electricity than a traditional system means a tremendous savings in your energy bill as well as a massive reduction in the need for power plants to produce more energy. This makes LEDs not only environmentally friendly but an environmental necessity. 

 Overall, the benefits of LED light bulbs include; long-lasting, durable, cool, mercury-free, more efficient and cost effective over the life of the bulb.

Monday, July 28, 2014

What 30" Range Hood Will Compliment My Kitchen?

Finding the perfect 30” Range Hood for your new or updated kitchen is fun but can be a little daunting as there are so many Vent Hoods to choose from. Not only do you want your 30” Range Hood to properly exhaust the smoke, heat, odor and grease from your cooking area, but you want it to blend beautifully or become a focal point in the most social and important room in your home.  We have included a few simple tips that will assist you in your search to finding the right Vent Hood that will enhance your kitchen design. 

6 Considerations for your new 30” Range Hood
  • What is your Design Style?
  • What are your Cooking Styles?
  • How will your new 30” Range Hood be installed?
  • Do you need a Ductless Range Hood?
  • What are the measurements?
  • Make your design flow.
What is your Design Style? 

With so many design styles and so many 30” Range Hood options available it is best to take a very broad look at what is available and the particular style that you like.  If you are like most people, a new Range Hood is not something you buy every year so try to look at as many pictures as possible.  I tell customers all the time, go to the Barnes and Noble near you, get a cup of coffee and sit down with every “home design” magazine you find fits your style.  If you don’t want to buy the magazine take good notes or snap a picture of the page.  You will get many great ideas.  You will find that you will gravitate to styles that you like and you will also find that many 30” Range Hood styles can be used in various kitchen designs from Contemporary to Traditional, and from French Country to Arts and Crafts styles. 

 Here are a few examples of our 30” Range Hoods that could be used in a many kitchen styles.   

What are your cooking styles? 

This is an important question because if you cook 3 meals every day in your kitchen working over your stove your choice will be different than if you cook only a couple times a week.  Consider the Range hood noise, efficiency, venting method or ducting method and the motor size and placement as you think about how much time you spend cooking over your stove-top.  Also, consider the types of foods you cook.  If you are cooking ethnic foods, greasy foods, or heavy smoke foods, these are all things you will take into consideration as you select your new 30” Range Hood

Type of Installation Next, determine where your are installing your new 30” Range Hood. Will it be under an existing cabinet, on a wall or mounted over an Island cooktop? Any Under-Cabinet Range Hood, Wall Range Hood or an Insert/Liner can be installed on a wall. For a Wall Vent Hood with an exposed flue, you may use a Stainless Steel chimney to hide the ductwork. If you are purchasing an Island Range Hood, remember that all 4 sides of the hood are visible, so choose a Vent Hood that you love as it will become a major design element in your kitchen. 

Ducting or Ductless When venting your cooktop exhaust, there are only two methods used; Ducting or Ductless. The most effective way to vent will be to duct the smoke, grease and heat out of the kitchen through ductwork extending up to the roof or out an exterior wall. If a ducted system is not available to you due to the configuration of your kitchen, i.e a condo or apartment, then using a Ductless or Recirculating system is your other option, though it is not nearly as efficient. In this venting method, the exhaust is pulled through carbon filters to clean the air and then recirculated back into the kitchen. 

Measure to ensure a proper fit A 30” Range Hood will be installed over a 30” cooktop or smaller and if it is being mounted on a wall, under a cabinet or inside an enclosure, measuring accurately is paramount. When installing between cabinets, make sure you have at least a 30” space or more available, and if installing under a cabinet, the Range Hood size should be the exact width of the cabinet it is being mounted under. For an insert or liner being installed inside an existing enclosure, be sure to measure the opening to insure a perfect fit. 

Maintaining the design flow When choosing a 30” Range Hood, a Stainless Steel Vent Hood is both beautiful and versatile as it will blend nicely with any other kitchen material like wood, stone, granite, glass, copper, tile and even concrete. It is best to coordinate the finish on all your major appliances to maintain the design and aesthetic flow.  In some Contemporary Designer kitchens you will see a mixture of Black appliances paired with Stainless Steel that give it a stark and edgy look. 

 Now you have a few tips that will assist you while you are deciding which new 30” Range Hood will compliment your kitchen design best. 

 Happy Cooking!