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Sizing a Range Hood for Your Kitchen

By: Danny Lipford

Stainless steel kitchen range hood.

When buying a range hood for your kitchen, it’s important to make sure it provides enough airflow to remove the odors, smoke, and excess moisture from your home that are generated by cooking.

A range hood for an average size kitchen with a standard 30” stove should be rated to exhaust at least 250 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air.

If you have a larger than average kitchen or a stove more than 30” wide, then you would need a range hood that moves more air.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Danny Lipford: Amanda wants to know, “How do I make sure I have the right size range hood in my kitchen?”

That’s actually a very good question. It’s just one of the factors that a lot of homeowners don’t consider when they are selecting a range hood for their kitchen. But it is very important that you have a range hood that’s strong enough to provide the right type of air movement and exhaust out of your kitchen.

So, how do you know? Well, an average range is around 30 inches, and for 30-inch range you need a range hood that’s capable of moving 250 CFMs, that’s cubic feet per minute of air movement.

Now, if you have a little bit of a larger stove, which a lot of people do, you want to upsize it just a little bit. Now another factor that would need a larger range hood is if you have a larger than average kitchen.

That way you can ensure that you’ll get all of the odors, the moisture, and proper ventilation that you need for your kitchen.



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