When considering the many appliances you have in your home, a range hood is among the less obvious and least appreciated. In addition to providing valuable filtering support for your stove or cooktop, range hoods are designed to expel gases and odors from inside your home. Without a doubt, they are easily one of the most important appliances you can have in your home.
Here’s a list of the five most important benefits you will receive from installing and using a range hood in your home.
What is a Range Hood?
Before you can truly appreciate the benefits they provide, you must first understand what a range hood is and how it works. It goes by many names, but the most common would be a vent hood or exhaust hood. It’s basically a fan enclosed in a canopy installed directly above your stove/range or cooktop.
They’re designed to remove gasses, odors, heat and steam that can develop when you’re preparing a meal. For most of us, the air that gets removed is released outside the home, but there are some out there that have a filtration system that will clean and recirculate the air back into the kitchen. Others have the ability to trap and remove airborne grease.
Other common names for a range hood include the following:
- Extractor Hood / Fan
- Ventilation Hood
- Kitchen Hood
- Electric Kitchen Chimney
- Fume Extractor
- Exhaust Plume