When renovating your kitchen one of the biggest decision you need to make is how to vent the range. No doubt you’re buying a new professional range like a Wolf or a Viking and the venting a major appliance like this is a big and expensive decision depending on the location of your range. If your range is in the island and you have a second floor then you’re either going to have to go through the second floor, in between walls and the out through the roof. Ouch!
However, there’s hope and with todays technology you can use what’s called a re-circulationg hood vent in your newly remodeled kitchen. This is a fantastic option, especially for condominium owners. If you own a condo venting through the roof is not an option so a “re-circ” is a beautiful option. Recirculating range hoods can also come with a fan silencer to meet the minimum sound standards for condo living.
Range hoods come in different sizes and power. If your range is a 30″, 36″, or even a 48″ (theres on re-circircualting option for 60″ ranges), there’s an option for you. Range hood fans have to meet the minimum draw standard and they use a CFM (Cubic Feet Per/Minute). The more powerful your range the bigger the motor and the higher the CFM requirements. If you bought a beautiful Wolf range then you’re probably going to need at least a hood that can circulate 700 feet per minute all the way up to 1200 CFM.
There’s also another option. Based on the size of your room you may not even need a range hood? Depending on the size of your kitchen and ceiling height you may not even need a range hood based on your cities ordinances. My kitchen remodel combines a living room and a dinning room which knocked out walls and opened up the space into one big room. The room is now 600 square feet and I don’t need a range hood if I put the range in the island. The room is big enough that any need for recirculation is eliminated. We changed our mind on the range location and put the range against a wall and the sink in the island. With the range against the wall we used a recirculating range hood which looks amazing and works beautifully.
If you have any questions with range hoods please don’t hesitate to ask one of our expert designers.