Kitchen range hoods play an important part within the cooking process. They need to effectively remove bad cooking odors from the cooking and to also clean or extract the steam outside of the home. Having a well maintained range hood in the kitchen means that your home will be free from bad odors, and a cleaner more hygienic kitchen.
There are two main types of kitchen ventilation hoods on the market that you need to be aware of. You need to find out which of these two models you have in your kitchen in order to keep them clean and well maintained. The first model is a vent hood, which connects to a duct that leads outside of your house. These hoods suck in the cooking air and extracts it though the ducts and straight out of your home. The second range hood is called a ventless or recirculation hood where it cleans the cooking air before blowing the air back into the kitchen. Each of these two units has their own filter system. custom range hoods
Vent hoods simply have a metal sheath that filters food particles and grease from the cooking. They can be easily detached from the unit and cleaned in warm soapy water, and in some cases they can also be washed in the dishwasher. It is best to read your manual before washing the filter in the dishwasher though. These filters do not need to be replaced and can last as long as the hood itself.
Ventless hoods cannot extract the cooking air outside of the home, therefore it requires an additional filter in order to remove bad odors before recirculating the air back into the kitchen. They still have the metal filter which can be washed in the same way as a vent hood, but they also have a charcoal filter. The charcoal absorbs odors and over time they need to be replaced. In most cases the charcoal is clipped onto the main metal filter and it is a simple task of removing the clips to replace the charcoal.
Charcoal filters are not expensive at all and once you have changed it the first time, it is a simple job to keep replacing them over time. It is recommended to replace these filters at least every six months, but this will depend on the amount of cooking that you do each day. You may have to change them every three months if you do tend to cook a lot.