If you can’t take the heat, maybe it’s time to get out of the kitchen…and find a better range hood! While some of us choose designer range hoods and others pick one up at a home store for about $100, range hoods are essential kitchen appliances. They remove heat and moisture from the kitchen, making cooking and baking more comfortable and reducing mold risks. By pulling grease and smoke as well, they cut down on cleaning, too, sucking up smoky oils before they settle on home furnishings. Frying fish on a warm day? An efficient range hood ensures your house doesn’t smell like tuna for a week.
These devices also keep us healthy as we fry and cook under their protective shields. For homeowners using natural gas or propane, range hoods remove any nitrogen dioxide produced by incomplete combustion. Cooking also liberates compounds from food surfaces as they fry, bake or bubble, reducing lung irritation. Best to funnel these pesky particulates straight into the great outdoors.
Good range hoods don’t have to be showpieces, though designer hoods impress home buyers looking for a chef’s kitchen and increase your home’s resale value. Here’s what to look for in any range hood:
No matter what type of range hood you choose, regular maintenance is key to optimum performance and durability. Service America provides maintenance (and repair) for range hoods: blade cleaning, filter replacement and more.
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