VENTED OR DUCTED
One of the most important decisions you will make during the kitchen design phase of your renovation is how you will duct your rangehood. Ducting should be planned in the earliest stages of the kitchen design. At Style Plus we plan the ducting requirements before the rangehood is selected.
The recommended way is to duct the rangehood to the outside wall. For example, if your range hood mounts to an exterior wall, the exhaust ducts will be shorter and thus more efficient.
If your rangehood mounts to an interior wall or island, you will need to keep in mind the longer distance that the air needs to be forced. In this situation consider a more powerful unit. However, check with the supplier how noisy a more powerful exteractor is in operation.
Ducting makes a big difference to the noise that your rangehood creates. Flexible ducting can make rangehoods noisier to operate. Whenever possible, select a semi-rigid or rigid ducting.
Tip: Proper installation of ductwork is critical to the efficiency and overall performance of the range hood. Exhaust should never be ducted to an attic or basement. Make sure the size of the duct is the same as the duct attachment at the rangehood.
NON-VENTED | DUCT-FREE | RECIRCULATED
With recirculating rangehoods the air is cleaned before it is recirculated back into the kitchen area. The air travels through charcoal filters which trap the grease and steam. With this option, it’s important to change your filters every few months to ensure the rangehood performs effectively. This option requires no ducting.
Tip: Generally, recirculation should only be used when ducting is not possible.