Where Will The Kitchen Cooker Hoods Be Located?
The kitchen cooker hoods over your stove filters out odors, moisture, grease and heat, keeping your kitchen fresh. You may not normally give a thought to your kitchen hood. If you are in the market for a new stove, suddenly the many choices and options for a kitchen hood might seem overwhelming.
The answers to a few simple questions will help narrow down your choices, and lead you to the right kitchen hood for your needs.
There are two basic styles of cooker hoods. Externally vented systems suck up fumes and odors from the kitchen, pull them through a grease filter, and through ducts to vent outside the home. Generally, externally vented hoods are more efficient, but venting to the outdoors is not possible in every kitchen. Recirculating hoods suck cooking odors and heat through a charcoal or metal filter to absorb grease particles and odor. These hoods do not efficiently remove heat, smoke or steam from the kitchen, but are commonly used in homes where there is no easy way to vent exhaust outside, such as apartments or condos.
Mounting the hood under a cabinet over the stove is the most common option. This is the least expensive choice, and the easiest to install, but is not as high fashion as other options, and requires the stove to have a cabinet overhead.
Wall-mounted cooker hoods attach to the wall, without need for a cabinet to attach to. Stylish and effective, wall-mounted hoods are more expensive than under-cabinet units, and are more difficult to install.
The most stylish option is an island chimney, which hangs from the ceiling over a range in a kitchen island. These are the most expensive units, usually found in designer kitchens, and require more powerful motors than other style hoods, due to the larger ducts.