How a Kitchen Hood Works
Cooking generates smoke, grease and lingering smells in the air. Kitchen hoods help keep the air free of pollution that would otherwise build up on your cabinets and walls. These appliances fall under two types:
- A vented kitchen hood utilizes a fan and a duct system, usually routed through cabinets or the ceiling, which moves air outside of the home. It removes air particles that would otherwise collect on your ceiling or cabinetry.
- An unvented kitchen hood, sometimes called a recirculating hood, uses a fan, but no ducts. Filters within the hood catch particles and then recirculate the air back into the kitchen.
How to Clean Kitchen Vent Hoods
The exterior of a range hood may routinely be wiped with a standard household or non-abrasive cleaner. You can remove hood filters and soak them in degreasing solutions to dissolve away grease buildup and rinse them in soap and water. If your system utilizes charcoal filters, it’s recommended you replace them every three to six months.
Cleaning the ducts of your vented kitchen hood is tricky for many homeowners. Fortunately, Tuckey Restoration, Inc. specializes in duct and vent service for Central Pennsylvania homes throughout Carlisle, Shippensburg, Harrisburg and beyond.
Residential Code Requirements for Kitchen Hoods
A cooktop needs at least 24 inches of clearance from a non-combustible material such as a metal hood. Any duct system also needs to be made of metal, including galvanized or stainless steel. Vents must always route to the outside and never elsewhere inside your home, such as the attic.
Custom Metal Kitchen Range Hoods
Tuckey Metal Fabricators can produce a custom kitchen hood based on your material and design preferences. Copper and brass hoods can convey an antique feel that complements the tones of wooden cabinetry. On the other hand, stainless steel hoods provide a modern and finished appearance. For kitchens with a distinct personality, colored powder coated hoods offer a range of hues and styles that break free from tradition.
You can also explore other decorative features such as trims, textures, rivets and bands. Request a pot rack so your hood can better serve your space. Whether the shape of your desired range hood starts with straight lines or graceful curves, we can tweak the finished product and deliver a handcrafted look.
Many South Central Pennsylvania homeowners have relied on our experts to design and craft a breathtaking centerpiece to their cooking spaces. If you’re considering adding some character to your kitchen, contact our team for additional information and request an estimate today!