How to Choose a Cast Stone Range Hood for Your Kitchen
June 20, 2017 Share

How to Choose a Cast Stone Range Hood for Your Kitchen

What does a cast stone range hood do?

  • Remove Moisture: Cooking can generate a lot of moisture in the form of steam, which increases the humidity level in your house and can lead to mold and mildew.
  • Trap Grease: Cast stone range hoods draw in grease from cooking and trap it in a filter, which should be cleaned or replaced regularly. This reduces the amount of airborne grease in your kitchen to prevent it from collecting on your cabinets and countertop.
  • Remove Heat: Cooking generates a lot of heat as well, and expelling the hot air from the stove or cook top can help reduce your air conditioning bill during the summer.
  • Improve Indoor Air Quality: A cast stone range hood exhausts formaldehyde and other harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from your home which can be emitted by many building materials and household products such as paint, adhesives, cleaning supplies, solvents, and particle board.

 

 
When shopping for a cast stone range hood quality is very important and also there are many factors to consider:
 

  • Air Flow: Make sure the vent fan exhausts air to the outside, and moves enough air to remove the excess heat, moisture, and pollutants. Vent fans are rated by the number of cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they move and should be matched to your stove. As a rule of thumb, the vent fan for a 30” stove should be rated at a minimum of 300 CFMs.
  • Venting: Make sure the cast stone range hood is vented to the outside using the proper sized duct pipe with as short a run and as few bends as possible. A baffle or flap on the outside of the duct should be installed to prevent rain, cold, and insects or animals from gaining access to the inside of your house.
  • Noise Level: The sound level of cast stone range hoods is rated in the number of sones (perceived sound) they produce at their highest fan speed. The lower the number (for the same CFM), the quieter the fan. Unlike decibels, doubling the number of sones is equivalent to two times the noise level.
  • Ease of Cleaning: Look for a vent fan with smooth surfaces and fully enclosed bottoms with a filter that’s easy to remove and clean.
  • Controls: Choose a range hood with a multispeed fan, or even better a variable speed control that allows for a wide range of speeds. Integrated buttons, smart controls, and heat sensors are also available.
  • Lighting: Look for a range hood that provides even, energy efficient, Energy Star rated lighting.
  • Style: Select a cast stone range hood that fits in with the design and decor of your kitchen.