Ductless, also called recirculating, range hoods suck in all of the cooking odors in your kitchen, along with minute particles of grease and dust that dirty up your kitchen and air. The unit then pushes clean air back into the room to replace the bad air.
While a vented range hood is slightly more efficient, taking in the smells and spitting them outside through a vent, ductless exhaust hoods have several advantages.
One of the greatest advantages of a ductless range hood is ease of installation. Traditional range hoods must be installed so that they can be ducted to the outside. If your stove is on an inside wall, installing the duct work and wiring can become an expensive project.
A ductless range hood can be installed virtually anywhere in the kitchen, with no need for an exhaust pipe through the ceiling or walls. This makes the ductless range hood ideal for cooking islands.
Recirculating range hoods clean and filter the existing air in the kitchen and release it back into the room, rather than pulling new air into the kitchen.
Some of the latest range hoods have timers and most have digital readouts for ease of operation. The fans can be set to come on automatically at intervals to keep the air in the kitchen clean and fresh.
Ductless range hoods can clean the same volume as a ducted range hood, but since it does not have to pump the air out of the home, the units use less energy to perform their duties.
While a ductless hood may need a stronger exhaust fan, if it is fitted with the newer, more efficient fans and filters it will pull in the air, clean it, and send it back out into the room at a faster rate than the less energy-efficient ducted range hood.
Because they do not require installation through walls or ceilings, ductless range hoods can be moved much more easily. This means that if you decide to remodel your kitchen, you do not necessarily have to buy a new range hood, nor will you have to spend as much money for a professional installation.
Moving a ducted range hood leaves holes in the walls and ceilings that have to be repaired in addition to the hassle of making new openings for exhausting duct work in the hood's new location. Moving a ductless range hood may leave some small marks on your kitchen, but the repairs and re-installation will be much less complex, and thus less costly.
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