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Do You Really Need a Rangehood?

13 February 2020

Do You Really Need a Rangehood?

Yes. Cooking produces grease, moisture, steam, heat and smoke. Over time, these accumulate in your kitchen, causing unsightly stains and sticky surfaces to appear on your cabinets, walls and ceiling. Odours are also produced during cooking can make your house stink long after you’ve finished eating your meal.

Rangehoods are an exhaust system that help evacuate and filter the air to help protect your kitchen finishes. They work by filtering and/or removing the airborne grease, steam, smoke, odours and fumes. They also provide a focused light source right over your stove top so you can see what you’re doing when you’re cooking.

When should you use it?

Every time you cook.

How do they work?

There are two main types of rangehoods:

  1. Recirculating
  2. Ducted


These rangehoods suck the air through carbon filters, releasing the filtered air back into your kitchen. To keep working effectively, the carbon filters need regular replacing.


These remove the contaminated cooking air from our kitchen via a hole in your ceiling or wall. The grease filter inside the unit which traps the oils and greases to keep them out of the blower and exhaust fan need to be cleaned regularly to keep your rangehood functioning correctly.

Which is the best option for you?

Ducted rangehoods are more effective than recirculating ones and require an electrician to install. Recirculated rangehoods however are a great option if you live in an apartment and aren’t able to make a whole in the roof or wall for a vent.

There are other features that need to be considered before purchasing and installing a rangehood including:

  • Size
  • Noise
  • Canopy type
  • Extraction rate
  • Lighting
  • Fan speed

If you need advice on installing, servicing or replacing a rangehood, call or or email us today.


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