Whether one is buying a new hood for a new home, or replacing an old copper kitchen vent hood there are many things to think about before making the final selection.
How much ventilation will be necessary?
When it comes to deciding on power and size of a copper kitchen vent hood, use the stove as a guide. Certified kitchen designers say a larger stove will need a larger hood, check the BTUs and consider how much cooking will be done as well as the type. Of course, hood manufacturers should be able to guide clients as to which will be best. It’s important to know that hoods are rated by the amount of air they can pull out in cubic feet per minute.
There should be a minimum of 40CFM for a wall unit, and 50CFM for an island arrangement. This is the starting amount, the recommended amount is 100CFM for the wall, and 150CFM for the island. The best bet is to relay the type of stove being used to get the best recommendation, or call the manufacturer to see what they would suggest. They know the formula to use in order to make the best call.
The end result is a cycle of air that can clean the kitchen up to fifteen times in an hour if necessary. Other considerations include cost, noise output and of course current trends.
A simple hood is usually around $100 and possibly less. However, a copper kitchen vent hood that’s custom made can cost upwards of $400 depending on the style and components associated with the purchase. Also, if it’s a quieter design it may be on the higher cost level. In any case, one gets what they pay for.
While it’s easy for someone to go for the most expensive range thinking it’ll perform better or look impressive, and then skimp on the hood it’s not recommended. They’ll avoid many problems by taking the above advice on CFMs and investing in the right hood. This helps them also avoid running the fan at high speeds to get the right ventilation. On the opposite end of that thought process, the owner may decide to not turn it on at all due to noise and the fact it is under performing.
If that oily residue left behind on walls and appliances has been noticed, that’s also the result of a poor performing hood vent. No one wants that; a better hood will also increase home value.
Sometimes, noise is a problem with range hoods. A larger hood will make for a slower fan speed which means less noise. Be sure whatever copper kitchen hood vent is secured that it has variable speed controls. This allows the home owner to crank it up when necessary and keep it low at other times. It’s good to have options! Sound is measured in sones, and most recommend around 6 sones which is the level of conversation. This is tolerable for most.
Something else to think about is to check that the ductwork is the right size, if it’s not that could contribute to the noise.
Know the Trends Designers are completely on board with copper trends, and a copper kitchen hood vent will awe and inspire both homeowners and visitors. It sets a home apart from others, and brings a stunning focal point to the kitchen where most family and friends gather.
Long gone are the days of it being a utility only, now the range hood is unique and stylistic. While stainless steel has been at the forefront of most kitchen trends, copper has begun to take over. This is because it has a timeless look and is easy to care for. If there are existing stainless items in the kitchen such as the refrigerator, oven and dishwasher one can opt for stainless elements added to a copper kitchen vent hood. This way, it pulls everything together.