The 5 Biggest Benefits Range Hoods Bring to Every Kitchen
Thinking about getting a range hood but not sure of their purpose or why you might want one? We’ve got you covered. Below, we share the top five benefits of these workhorse appliances and how they help to protect your kitchen and your home.
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1. Range Hoods Keep Things Cool and Comfortable
Don’t rely on your HVAC system to cool things off after cooking up a storm. Your range hood is designed to ventilate your kitchen and whisk away excess heat during and after cooking. Without one, the heat produced by your cooking will only fill the kitchen and make things rather uncomfortable. Plus, cooking odors will only linger, which might be tantalizing before your meal but not sure, alluring the next morning. Range hoods suck out fumes, smells, and smoke so you can keep your kitchen cool, comfortable, and fresh.
2. They Protect Your Health
Cooking, especially at high levels of heat with oil, produces irritants, contaminants, and chemicals that produce carcinogens. Cooking fumes can even include gas fumes like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and formaldehyde. These toxins and pollutants risk anyone’s health but especially those with asthma and lung conditions as well as children and the elderly. Signs of poor air quality include coughing, irritated skin, nausea, headaches, and dizziness.
Range hoods ventilate these particles away from your home as well as bacteria, grease, and mold. Combined with an HVAC system and HEPA air purifier, range hoods can help you make major strides in improving your indoor air quality.
3. Vent Hoods Help Quiet that Smoke Alarm
Smoke fumes are major triggers for smoke alarms, and for good reason! You want your smoke detector to go off when it’s supposed to. However, it’s always annoying when you’re cooking, and excessive fumes trigger that loud, shrieking beeping sound. You’re forced to open doors, and windows, and try to shut off the detector. A range hood can save you all of that drama, but consistently whisking away fumes as you cook.
4. They Help Keep Your Kitchen Clean
With a range hood, you can spend less time scrubbing cabinets, countertops, and floors after cooking. That’s because vent hoods suck up grease before it has a chance to drip down into your food, cabinets, or countertops and stick around. Consistent use prevents grease buildup as well as the growth of bacteria and mold. Once you start using a range hood on a regular basis, you’ll wonder why you ever waited. They do the heavy lifting of post-cooking cleanup for you.
5. Range Hoods Bring Form, Function, and Style
A range hood isn’t just about functionality, although that’s super important! They can also add some style to your kitchen and suit your personal tastes. There are plenty of options to find a design that works for your kitchen. Try a wall-mount canopy-style range hood in stainless silver for a timeless take. Or go for an onyx-black island range hood for an eye-catching centerpiece. No matter the look you go for, choosing a design that suits your kitchen will make for an attractive upgrade.
Did you know range hoods are great choices for outdoor kitchens as well? Check out our recent buyer’s guide on outdoor range hoods to help you find the ideal model.