Step 4. Other important things to consider
You've come to the last page of this range hood buying guide. Here we will shortly look at other important features you might want to keep in mind when picking your future range hood.
Range hood size
Range hoods come in different sizes, because not everyone has the same amount of space in the kitchen. They generally come in sizes between 24 and 60 inches, with step sizes in 6 inch increments. What you need to do is measure the width of your cooking surface, write it down, and compare it with the width of your potential range hood. To effectively capture the odors, oils and fumes, the range hood needs to be AT LEAST as big as the cooking surface. Ideally, the range hood is at least 3 inches wider on either side of the cooking stove.
Range hood installation height
installment height, it will loose efficiency in capturing the air pollutants resulting from cooking. For each additional one inch higher, you will lose around 100 CFM of range hood efficiency.
For most range hood models, the range hood's installment height won't be a problem, as most cabinet's are installed at the same height. Chimney range hoods, however, are installed directly against your ceiling. That's why most range hood manufacturers will specify a maximum ceiling height. (You've measured your ceiling height during step 3.3; question 7 in your PDF.) Luckily, most manufacturers also sell 'chimney extensions,' which is an extension for the long neck-like part of the range hood. So if your ceiling height exceeds the manufacturer's recommended maximum ceiling height, be sure to buy a range hood chimney extension.
The loudness of a range hood is an important feature you will have to consider when buying one, though it might bother some people more than others. We at Rangehoodguide.com don’t like to feel as if we’re standing in the middle of a hurricane when we’re cooking.
To get an idea of the loudness of a sone, consider the following:
There’s no formula for the perfect sone/CFM balance, because it totally depends on the range hood manufacturer’s ability to make it as silent as possible. If you really don’t want too much noise during cooking, pick a range hood with an adjustable fan speed. If you will use it on a lower setting, it will generally also have a lower production of sones.
pre-installed lights. Range hoods will come with one of the following types of lights installed: incandescent, halogen, fluorescent or LED. We'll shortly take a look at these different types of lighting.
We at Rangehoodguide.com prefer LEDs for their energy-efficiency and long lifespan. If your range hood comes with another type, but you want to replace them with LED lights, be sure to check with the manufacturer before you do so. You might unknowingly void your range hood’s warranty. You’ll also want to do some research online, because some LED lights might give you a narrower illumination spread and/or a different color and brightness.
amazing deal on it. Its only when you want to buy a new ink cartridge that you find out printer ink is more valuable than gold and that you'll need to take a second mortgage on your house to stock on printer ink. So, before buying the range hood itself, check the price of the replacement filters.