Ventilation Hoods capture your cooking smoke, smells, grease, and gases that need to find their way out of your kitchen, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. A ventilation system clears the kitchen of these by-products by expelling them outdoors through metal ducts of filtering them through an activated charcoal filter, a ductless charcoal system should be installed only when it is impossible to vent fumes outdoors, such as in apartments, says Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook.
Using the fan while cooking, especially while cooking on high hear, will keep the kitchen more comfortable, reduce humidity and odors, and help minimize greasy buildup on cabinets, walls, and ceilings. Depending on municipal building codes, the layout of your kitchen, and your personal design preferences, you can choose between an updraft and a downdraft ventilation system.
Updraft hoods are positioned over a range or cooktop. A fan draws the air upward and through a filter. There are many different styles of hoods- from compact models that are built into an upper cabinet to sleek stainless-steel chimney-style hoods that make dramatic design statements.
Downdraft systems are built in the base cabinet behind the cooktop or integral to the range or cooktop itself. They exhaust air by drawing it downward. Downdraft units are either fixed or retractable, the latter meaning you can raise them with the touch of a button while cooking and lower them when you're done. Downdraft systems are good for island installations, where installing a hood overhead wouldn't work. They do not exhaust the steam from taller pots and pans very well, however, and will not catch anything that's not right by the vent. Keeping your kitchen well ventilated is a great fire prevention method when your cooking, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il.