Rangehood size: What you need to know
When it comes to choosing a rangehood size, the general rule of thumb is that the hood should be at least as wide as the cooktop. Preferably, the rangehood should be 150mm wider on each side of the cooking surface to optimise the capture of fumes. However, there are a few other factors to keep in mind when making your selection.
The first is the size of your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen, then you'll want to make sure you choose a rangehood that won't overwhelm the space. Conversely, if you have a large kitchen, you'll want to choose a rangehood that will be able to effectively ventilate the entire space.
The second factor to keep in mind is the height of your ceiling. If you have a high ceiling, then you'll want to choose a rangehood that is tall enough to effectively ventilate the entire space. However, if you have a low ceiling, you may want to choose a shorter rangehood so that it doesn't stick out too far and become an eyesore. Generally, with an electric cooktop mount the rangehood around 600mm above the heat source and with gas 750mm. However, always refer to your rangehood's manual to ensure the correct clearance.
The third factor to keep in mind is the type of cooking you do. If you do a lot of high-heat cooking, then you'll want to choose a rangehood that has a higher CFM (cubic feet per minute) rating. This will ensure the rangehood can effectively remove all of the smoke and odours from your kitchen.
When considering the ducting it's important to understand how far you can vent. Your installation instructions should be able to inform you of this. If the ducting is too long for the rangehood you risk venting not reaching outside and instead may recycle the sire back into the kitchen.
Finally, you'll also want to consider the style to ensure that the rangehood compliments the overall look of your kitchen. You have wall mounted, island mounted, under cabinet, and downdraft extractors that raise up when it's time to cook.
There is a lot to consider so if you need further advice don't hesitate to talk to us at Folders Ph. 0800 156 678
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