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5 Reasons Your Kitchen Needs a Range Hood

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Although largely overlooked, a range hood is actually one of the most important appliances in the kitchen. They are designed to remove odors, heat and smoke that can occur while cooking. If you do not have a range hood, we strongly recommend installing one. Range Craft shares the following 5 benefits of airing out your kitchen with a range hood.

1.  Improved Air Quality

Perhaps the most important job of the range hood is to improve the air quality of your kitchen. Hoods are designed to remove odors, smoke, grease and other pollutants that are released into the air while cooking. With the push of a button, the polluted air is sucked through a motorized fan and is either carried outside or filtered and re-circulated.
Without a range hood, you and your family will find yourself breathing in the aftermath of dinner, causing possible eye, nose, and throat irritation. In addition, vent hoods help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Studies show elevated levels of carbon monoxide in kitchens caused by using the stove without turning on the range hood.

2.  Improves Your Property Value

In today’s real estate market, range hoods are expected to be found in every kitchen. If you don’t have one, it could actually hurt the resale value of your home. People have come to expect this luxury, and if you don’t have one, it may deter people from buying your home.

Additionally, if your vent hood is in need of an upgrade, then that may also hurt the resale value of your home. If you are trying to sell your home and you don’t have a range hood in your kitchen, then you may want to ask your realtor if they know of anyone that could install one before you start showing your home.

3.  Removes Excess Heat

There is a reason for the old adage, “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” It is no secret to any cook that the kitchen gets hot. Cooking a meal can produce a lot of heat creating a less enjoyable experience than many people would like to have in the kitchen. The ventilation that can be provided by a quality range hood can quickly help to remedy this issue. Range hood blowers pull hot air out of the surrounding area and redirect it to the outside of the house, providing a more pleasant and cooler kitchen environment.

It can also help save on energy bills. There’s no need to open a window and have your air conditioning go right out with it. The range hood draws out heat from that area of the kitchen and can easily turn off with a flick of a switch.

4.  Provides Additional Lighting

Many cooks rely on visual cues like coloring or texture changes in food while cooking. If a kitchen is not well lit, it can be difficult to distinguish well-done from burnt and in the world of cooking, that line can be crossed in a matter of seconds. Adding additional lighting to a kitchen can be easy with a range hood. Lighting provided directly over the stovetop by a range hood allows cooks to more accurately monitor cooking progress.

The lighting can also help save on your utility bill. In most kitchens, the small range hood light bulb is all the light you need. Especially at night, instead of turning on all the other lights in the kitchen.

5.  Improves Cleanliness of Kitchen

Cooks know that every surface in a kitchen can quickly become coated in a sticky film, especially when grease is involved. As grease is heated, it liters the surrounding air and then settles on nearby surfaces like countertops, cabinets, and appliances. A range hood can help minimize the settling of the unwanted residue by pulling the splattering, steaming grease particles into a concentrated area and through the hood ventilation system. This promotes a much quicker and easier clean-up experience.

Range hoods are often overlooked as an important element of a kitchen but combining the effectiveness of the filtration system with the vast structural customization options, they can truly become a critical component of an updated kitchen setting.

At Range Craft, we bring you hand-crafted range hoods that add a unique touch to any kitchen style. You can choose from one of our standard styles or have your range hood custom made. Our various materials, finishes, accents and banding allow you to create a one-of-a-kind look. We provide quality products driven by design, innovation and craftsmanship to enhance the spaces where you live, work and play.