Installing a New Exhaust Hood in Your Kitchen Tips and Guide
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Installing a New Exhaust Hood in Your Kitchen Tips and Guide

A kitchen hood is a very valuable device to get rid of smoke while cooking in the kitchen. A kitchen hood not only keeps the air clean, it also controls the moisture and heat of the kitchen. A good hood cuts down grease and grime from the walls of kitchen. Mounted two to three feet above the cooking range, this device sucks up the air immediately coming from range and expels back the fresh air. You can choose among ducted (to channel the exhaust outdoor) or duct free (washable and easily replaceable) vents.

Different shapes and types of kitchen hoods are available in the market. Decorative hoods for example are the best choice for advanced functionality and aesthetic value of the kitchen; furthermore, they produce less or no noise. The classic hoods do not provide much aesthetic value but are designed according to recent technologies. Country hoods have the same functionality as the other recent hood and are available in modern designs now.

Installation tips and guides:

• Time required for installment: 6 to 8 hours are required for aligner to finish the installment and a person having the advanced skill can finish the task in 4 to 6 hours.

• Area for installment: First of all choose and measure the area above the range where you want to fit the hood. Size must be equal to the size of range. Measure the area of cabinet removal if required. Uninstall the older hood, if exists. Tip: Ask someone for help as the cabinets are heavier to be carried while removing and installing.

• Clean the area of installation: Clean all the dust grease or moisture, if any, from the place where you are going to install the hood. Tip: Wear a dusk mask while cleaning the area for installation.

• Install ductwork and wiring if not installed Previously: Sometimes ductwork is not installed at the time of construction of the house, so complete this task first before starting the installment of the hood. Choose the appropriate size of the duct according the size of the hood. The installment of the ducted and un-ducted hoods is almost same and smaller size of ducted vent is more appropriate choice.

Tip: Use the metal ductwork always, never use the plastic ductwork as it is highly flammable. Be careful about the edges of metal ductwork during installment.

Tip: Ask a qualified person for ducting if the roof and walls are cemented.

• Connecting the electrical wiring: First turn off the electric connection to the area. Connect the electrical wiring from the fan after finishing the initial measurements for installment of the hood. Tip: (1) Ask an electrician for this task if you don’t have prior knowledge of connecting the electrical wires. (2) Have a helper to hold the hood while connecting the wires.

• Installment of the hood: Carefully read and follow the instruction of the manufacturer, for the best performance of the hood, before the installment. Ask the helper to hold the hood in position and mark the location for holes. Make sure to hole the cabinet according to the shape and size of keyholes of the hood. The opening in the hood should be aligned with the ductwork. Now tightened the screws half way and then make the final adjustments. Pass the wirings through the hole. Now connect the wires of the hood to the wires coming from the wall. This process should be done by a qualified person. Wires, which are not connected properly, can create fire and severe damage. Now turn on the electricity and check the function of the fan and/or light (provided with some kitchen hoods).

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