Having a ducted range hood over your stove has many benefits, but if you don’t want to go through the hassle of installing one, a suitable substitute is a recirculating range hood, also known as a ductless hood. Whether it is ducted or ductless, the appliance provides your kitchen with adequate ventilation and helps eliminate cooking odors and other particles from the room’s air. While some homeowners may feel a vented range hood is the more efficient choice, purchasing a recirculating hood has its own set of advantages.
- One of the biggest differences between the two hood ranges is the installation process. A vented system involves creating ducts that will pull the air in your kitchen out of your house. If your stove is not located on an outside wall, the installation becomes even more difficult. When you choose a ductless range hood, you don’t have to worry about your stove’s placement because there won’t be a need for an exhaust pipe.
- Instead of a ducted range hood bringing air in from outside, a recirculating hood cleans and filters the existing air in your kitchen. As long as you maintain your range hoods filter, the recycled air is just as clean as the air coming from a vented hood.
- During a kitchen remodel if you choose to relocate your stove’s position, combining the price for patching up the holes left by a ducted hood with the cost of building a new venting system is not cheap. On the other hand, purchasing a recirculating hood can save you money, and you’ll have the freedom of placing your stove anywhere in the room.
Maintaining your ductless range hood
The most important step in keeping your recirculating hood functioning and effectively recycling your kitchen’s air is cleaning or replacing the filter. Most hoods have a charcoal filter that needs to be replaced every 3 to 6 months. Other range hoods have an aluminum filter that can be removed and cleaned with soap and water on a regular basis. If you fail to complete this process, you can significantly damage your range hood causing it to need appliance repair. Don’t forget to remove the grease and other particle build-up from the hood’s fan blades. Performing both actions should keep your ductless range hood operating at the top of its game.
If you are experiencing issues with your vented or recirculating range hood, please contact us and we will send one of our trusted technicians to your home to repair your appliance.