A long time ago, food was cooked outside the house to isolate the smells and heat generated from cooking. Today, we don’t have to cook food outside the house, because most kitchens have windows that can be opened to let out the smells and heat of cooking. However, perhaps you don’t want to open up the window, for some reason or other. So, there are several modern options available to assist in kitchen ventilation.
Most modern kitchens have something called a “range hood”. Basically, a range hood is a “hood” that sits directly above your stove. The range hood uses a fan to pass the kitchen air through a filter and through metal ductwork leading outside, or the air is directed through the filter and recycled through the kitchen. Obviously, the “ductless” range hood is the easiest and most cost-effective to install, but the least effective, because you are depending on the efficacy of the air filter. If the air filter needs to be replaced, the range hood becomes useless, circulating the same old greasy hot air around. If you do a lot of cooking, you might want to seriously consider something other than a “ductless” range hood, because the filter won’t last as long.
Range hoods generally last a long time, but, if you want to remodel your kitchen, you might want to look at replacing your range hood, so your range hood can seamlessly blend in with the new look of your kitchen. Range hoods are available in all sizes, colors, and price ranges. If you’re willing to pay more, you can get a range hood with a powerful fan that is fairly quiet. Some people, of course, prefer form over function, and are willing to pay more for a better-looking range hood.
Some people don’t like the look of a range hood, or their kitchen is irregularly sized, and a range hood would interfere with the day-to-day function of their kitchen. For these people, a “downdraft” or “hidden” vent is the way to go. Downdraft vents are typically installed underneath the cook top, and air is drawn in from the front and sides of the cook top. The downside to the downdraft vent is that it is not as effective as a range hood, but, if you’ve got a custom-made cook top on a kitchen island, for example, the downdraft vent might be your best option. Range hoods ventilate more effectively, but, sometimes, they aren’t appropriate for your situation.
Another really simple but effective option is to install a ceiling fan in your kitchen. This will ventilate in an energy efficient way while heating in winter and cooling in summer. Triple threat!
Luckily, technology has given us several options if we want to make sure our kitchen is well-ventilated kitchen. A well-ventilated kitchen is a kitchen that is more enjoyable to use and a well-ventilated kitchen makes a home more livable.