It’s time to start cooking dinner. You think about what to make then prepare all the food to be cooked. You turn on the oven or cook top and start cooking. Here’s the question – did you think to turn your range hood on?
The kitchen can be one of the largest areas
of indoor air pollution of the home. Think about it. When you cook you are
generating smoke, gas fumes (if you have a gas range), putting grease into the
air as well as all kinds of odors. That’s
just if you cook everything correctly! We haven’t
even added if something is burnt during the process. There are plenty of
reasons as to why you don’t
turn the range hood on – it’s
too loud, I didn’t
think to do it, all it does is put the smoke back into the room, etc. All of
those reasons can be solved.
A properly functioning kitchen range hood can be a
critical piece in maintaining Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). While the original
function of a range hood was to protect the undersides of your cabinets from
burning, they have evolved to be a vital piece of good ventilation. It is
highly recommended (and in some areas of the country mandatory) that the range
hood be vented to the outside of the home. This provides the best ventilation
situation, taking all the contaminates generated during the cooking process and
exhausting them completely out of the home. Some range hoods recirculate the
air back into the room through a grease and odor filter. These are known as
ductless range hoods. While they are better than not using a range hood at all,
they are not ideal as they do not fully ventilate the area.
The most common excuse
for not turning the range hood on is the amount of noise it makes. We agree
that there are a lot of hoods out there that you feel you need to have earplugs
on to use. There are also a lot of options that are considerably quieter. The
sound is measured in Sones. As a comparison, 4 sones is about the sound of a
normal conversation. Air King offers one of the largest selections of energy
efficient, quiet operating range hoods on the market today with normal
operating sound levels of around 1 sone. Having a new range hood installed can
typically be done by a homeowner in an afternoon although there are many
factors that can add to that time including if ducting needs to be replaced or
new ductwork needs to be added.
Air King always recommends consulting a
professional if you are unsure about any aspects of the installation. To learn
more about Air King’s
selection of kitchen range hoods, please visit us at www.airkinglimited.com.