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Often overlooked, range hoods are actually one of the most important appliances you can have in your kitchen. Sitting just above your stove or cooktop, range hoods are designed to expel gases and odors from your cooking by filtering the air and preventing a variety of cleaning inconveniences and even health concerns. Whether or not you’re preparing a particularly fragrant meal, your cupboards and work surfaces near your stove may become covered in airborne grease, and lingering odors. There are a number of benefits to installing a range hood if you don’t yet have one, but first, it’s important to understand what a range hood it and how it works.

What is a Range Hood?

Also called a vent or exhaust hood, these appliances are designed to expel the air in your kitchen while you’re cooking, and either release it outside, or filter and re-circulate it back into your home once it’s been cleaned. Some have the ability to trap and remove airborne grease to prevent it from building on top of your cooktops and kitchen surfaces. Range hoods typically have some kind of canopy—or, hood—that is used to capture the polluted air, and a fan motor to extract the pollutants.

This enables the range hood to eliminate the contaminated air at the source, maintaining the air quality of your kitchen, and ensuring an easier clean-up afterwards. Range hoods are also useful for removing excess heat from your kitchen, creating a more comfortable environment for you, your family and any guests. It’s important to remember to clean or change out the filter of your range hood on a regular basis so as to decrease the likelihood of gas fires and mitigate the growth of bacteria.

Now that you have a better understanding of what a range hood is, and what it does, let’s move onto discussing some of its many benefits.

Improves Air Quality

Perhaps the most notable and important benefit of a range hood is its ability to remove toxic and odorous pollutants and gases from the air in your kitchen, preventing them from travelling throughout the rest of your home. This prevents you and your loved ones from inhaling the contaminated air, improving the overall health and safety of your home. Humidity can also build up as you’re cooking, and excessive exposure to moist air can promote the growth of bacteria and mold in your kitchen. Filtering out airborne grease and food particles will also promote efficient and convenient clean-up, as it prevents these particles from building up on your cupboards and other kitchen surfaces.

Enhances Kitchen Lighting

The extra light afforded to you by a range hood can be immensely useful for both cooking and cleaning, as it can (literally) shed light on what you’re doing and the mess you’re making. Being able to see what you’re cooking is important to ensure that your food is cooked properly, and will make it easier to prevent it from burning. The built-in lightbulb in the range hood will reveal any dirt and grime that has collected within the small crevices of your stove or cooktop, making cleaning a lot easier. This lighting may also promote energy efficiency, as it will often provide all the light you need while cooking (especially at nighttime) preventing you from turning on all of your kitchen’s lights.

Removes Excess Heat

It’s no wonder that the expression, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen,” exists. Cooking naturally generates a lot of heat, which can make your kitchen environment uncomfortable, especially if you’re cooking more than one thing at a time. A range hood can effectively ventilate the unwanted warm air from your kitchen and redirect it outside, providing a cooler and more pleasant environment. This ventilation system may also impact your energy bills, as you will no longer feel the need to crack open a window while cooking, thus expelling your air conditioning or heating alongside the unwanted warm air.

Facilitates Easier Cleanup

If a kitchen isn’t adequately ventilated, smoke and airborne grease and food particles will easily build-up on your kitchen surfaces, including your cupboards, walls and counters. This residue can become sticky and trap more food particles, as well as dust and other pollutants, and promote the growth of mold and bacteria. A build-up of this residue will eventually damage the surfaces in your kitchen. Proper ventilation from a range hood will ensure odors and grease particles are filtered out of your kitchen and that clean air is recirculated back in. This will result in you having to clean your kitchen less often, and less of a mess to clean when you do.

Increases Property Value

The kitchen is often seen as one of the most important rooms in a home, and this is reflected in one’s propensity to buy. Ensuring your kitchen is fully equipped with modern and energy-efficient appliances is paramount to increasing your home’s value. Range hoods are especially valuable, as they improve both the look and feel of your kitchen and ensure that your kitchen is running efficiently. If you don’t currently have a range hood in your kitchen, or the one you have is old and outdated, you may want to consider checking out a range hood sale near you for a much needed upgrade.

There’s no denying that a range hood boasts many key benefits. Between filtering your air, facilitating an easier cleanup and increasing the value of your home, range hoods are undoubtedly an integral kitchen appliance that will create a comfortable and stylish kitchen. With a large variety of styles at every price-point, consider investing in a range hood if you don’t already own one, or are looking to upgrade by visiting a local range hood sale.