Miele Range Hoods | Why Do I Need A Range Hood?
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Have you ever had to clean a kitchen that’s used on a regular basis? Then you know just how much of a hassle it is to get rid of that sticky film that covers all the cabinets and countertops, especially next to the cooking area. One of the benefits of a range hood is that it filters out the airborne grease before it has a chance to settle everywhere and cause major headaches at cleanup time. A range hood is actually one of the most important appliances in the kitchen. It consists of a canopy or some other type of “capture area” and a fan or blower motor to extract the air pollution caused by cooking. By capturing and eliminating the contaminated air right at the source, the range hood maintains the air quality in the kitchen and makes cleaning much easier. Miele provides a varied selection of range hoods to provide safety, high-functionality, and added style to your kitchen.
Purpose Of A Range Hood
The healthy benefits of investing in a kitchen ventilation system are the most obvious. Getting rid of dirty air filled with airborn grease and other bacteria is always helpful, as well as getting rid of the air that causes a sticky film to land on your pristine countertops and other surfaces. This film is a magnet for mold and bacteria, and encourages fresh air flow in your kitchen. This is especially important for anyone with allergies and breathing problems.
Miele range hoods have many benefits, such as dishwasher safe filters, temperature sensors, lighting options, and knob controls to manage all of it. Miele’s high-quality stainless steel Baffle filters are extremely efficient in extracting steam and odors and capturing grease, all while handling the high power of the Blower. These Baffle filters are also very easy to maintain as they are dishwasher-safe and spring back into place. The temperature sensor in Miele range hoods act as a permanent safety device that constantly monitors the temperature when the ventilation hood is switched on. If a certain temperature is exceeded the ventilation hood automatically switches to the intensive setting. This avoids unnecessary energy consumption. The temperature sensor provides added peace of mind.
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Range Hood Installation Type
There are mainly two types of range hoods that can be purchased to help increase the airflow for your kitchen. There is a ceiling mount and wall mount style, each which are decently self-explanatory.
Island-mount (or “ceiling-mount”) range hoods are attached to the ceiling. If your cooktop or range is going to be on a center island, this is the type of range hood that will be required to ventilate it.
Wall-mount (also called “chimney style”) range hoods are installed on the wall directly above the range. Note that this requires a clearance between the cabinets as well as some empty wall space above the range, typically eliminating the possibility of having an over-the-range microwave or upper cabinet. However, the advantage is that a full-size range hood will provide much more ventilation power than an “under cabinet” hood or a combination range hood.
Regardless of the type, the range hood should be the same width – or slightly wider – than the cooktop or range, in order to provide an adequate “capture area” and allow the hood to suction in the rising air pollution before it spreads out too much. Installation height should be based on the hood manufacturer’s recommendations (typically ranging from 24” to 36”).
An example of of Miele Range Hood would be our Miele DAR1220 Range Wall Hood in 30″-inches
Range Hood Venting Type
Besides their physical shape, range hoods can be classified according to whether they extract the air to the outside of the house, or recirculate it back into the room. Whenever possible, it’s always better to use a range hood with an outside duct, since this will provide greater performance, lower noise, and better air quality than a “recirculating” or “ductless” range hood, which uses an activated-charcoal filter to remove odors before returning the air back to the kitchen. Unfortunately, the additional filter lowers airflow rating, creates additional noise, and must be replaced on a regular basis, creating an ongoing expense.
Most full-size range hoods (island-mount or wall-mount) can be either ducted out or used in recirculating installation. If you’re restricted to using a recirculating hood (for example, in a high-rise condominium or a co-operative building, neither of which will typically allow an outside duct to be added), check with the range hood manufacturer whether the hood you’re considering has an option to be used in such a fashion. Sometimes, you may have to purchase additional parts in order to convert a range hood to re-circulation, other times the “recirculating kit” may be included.
As you can see, there are plenty of benefits to having a range hood. From the obvious ones (clean air) to the not-so-obvious secondary effects (cleaner cabinets and creative cooking freedom), adding this important appliance to your kitchen is a significant improvement. But how do you choose the right one? There are literally tens of thousands of range hoods on the market – where do you begin? Without going into too many details, here’s a short overview of the basic types of range hoods, which may help you to narrow down your selection.
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