Dear Chowhounds, I am in the process of the doing a kitchen update and am pondering the the trade-offs between the extra counter space an Over-the-range (OTR) microwave yield and the superior venting we would get from a dedicated range hood.
Updating kitchen range hoods
Fresh air is drawn in from the outside, keeping the kitchen air clean, and preventing cooking odors and even grease particles from spreading throughout the house — especially all over your kitchen cabinets.
Ducting is simplest if your range and hood sit along an exterior wall; the duct can run out the rear of the hood and through the house wall.
For a range placed against an interior wall, the duct can go up into the soffit above the cabinets or between ceiling joists, and then out through the nearest exterior wall.
Even if it’s not legally required, you should think long and hard before forgoing a hood altogether.
Range hoods are designed to collect airborne grease, moisture and cooking odors, but not all hoods are created equally.
Here’s a quick rundown of the kitchen ventilation systems you’ll want to consider: If you cook much at all, you’ll likely want a hood that vents to the outdoors.
A ducted hood actually moves the polluted air to the outside, getting rid of all forms of air pollution caused by cooking.
I would like to keep the range / hood or microwave combo under 00 or so. Any recs on specific brands models in my price range would be welcome too.
From ducted to ductless to downdraft systems, not all kitchen ventilation is created equal.
If you are updating your kitchen, you are probably wondering whether you need a range hood.
Most residential building codes do not require a range hood above a stove or cook top, but you’d be wise to ensure your locale is not the exception.