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Kitchen ventilation is one of the less talked about but still important aspects of designing kitchens during a renovation or new home build project. Without proper ventilation grease, smoke, and food particles can become trapped in the air, leaving your kitchen grimy, smelly, and full of toxins that can be harmful over time. A range hood can help eliminate these problems but only if you choose the right one for your cooking area and lifestyle. Here’s a few things to consider when choosing a hood range:
Your CFM needs. CFM stands for cubic feet per minutes. The basic rule of thumb to remember is you need 100 CFM of ventilation per every 10,000 BTUs. High-powered gas cooktops require more CFM than electric cooktops and typically need at least 600 CFM of ventilation.
Your cooking lifestyle. If you’re a regular home chef and find yourself cooking up big meals in the kitchen quite often, you’ll want more ventilation than those who use their kitchen less often. People who generate a lot of heat or use a lot of cooking oil tend to need larger ventilation than others.
The size of your cooking area, as well as the height from range to vent and range to ceiling. Wide cooking spaces with shorter ceiling heights require larger vents.
Functionality, noise level, and desired luxuries. You want a quiet vent system that’s easy to operate and includes extras like a warming light system.
McCarley Cabinets relies on one name when it comes to choosing a ventilation system for a new build or renovation project--Vent-a-Hood. Vent-a-Hood is one of the most trusted, longest-running brands in the kitchen ventilation business. When compared to its major competitor, Broan, Vent-a-Hood meets or beats their standards of quality, style, benefits, and function. Though Broan specializes in ventilation systems, hood ventilation ranges are the only focus of Vent-a-Hood’s business.
Vent-a-Hood ranges are luxurious and high quality with high-end design. With their pre-made design templates or design your own range options, your range is guaranteed to be unique and fitting to your personal style. Hood styles include:
Professional or standard
Images from Vent-a-Hood's Idea Gallery reveals the possibilities available with their custom design options.
Vent-a-Hood offers a variety of mount options for each style, including under the cabinet, wall, and island mounts. As we mentioned earlier, CFM of ventilation is one of the most important factors in range hood selection. Vent-a-Hood ranges offer systems with no less than 300 CFM up to 1500 CFM.
Noise is another major factor for homeowners. Vent-a-Hood offers some of the quietest products available in kitchen hood ventilation systems. Their Premier Magic Lung® line uses the latest technology to offer the quietest ventilation available while remaining 99% efficient in extracting grease.
If terms like ‘CFM’ seem like a foreign language to you, don’t worry. When you’re ready to choose a hood range for your new kitchen, McCarley Cabinets will walk with you step-by-step to help you select and design a Vent-a-Hood range ventilation system that’s perfect for you and your family.
To learn more about Vent-a-Hood and their product options, click here. To get started designing your new kitchen, call us for a free estimate today.