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Range Hoods, Downdrafts & Ventilation

Nothing ruins the feeling of cooking a great meal for your loved ones like food odors lingering in your home. If this sounds like you, it's time to look at our selection of range hoods and other kitchen ventilation solutions. Over time, cooking can leave lingering odors in your home as well as smoke, fumes and greasy residue on your cabinets and countertops. This makes surfaces harder to clean and can even damage the finish on your cabinets. Range hoods can be either vented or non-vented; vented range hoods suck up contaminated air and funnel it out of your home through a duct, whereas non-vented or recirculating models use a fan and a filter to suck up smoke and odors to purify the air and release it back into your kitchen. Of course, range hoods don't merely serve a utilitarian purpose—they're also a great way to add style to your kitchen. Available in a variety of finishes and styles, these ventilation products can easily blend in with the rest of your appliances. Make a dramatic statement with a centerpiece island hood above your kitchen island, which is both instantly eye-catching and functional. When making your purchase, consider the size of your room: this will be important to determine the required cubic feet per minute (CFM) for your space.

Downdrafts: Hidden Ventilation for Your Kitchen

If you love an open floor plan, a large hood hanging from your ceiling might not be an ideal design choice for you. That doesn't mean you have to miss out on proper ventilation, though. Downdrafts are designed to fit in your kitchen counters or island and often lift up with the press of a button. They should be installed alongside your cooktop for the best air purification possible. Their telescoping feature isn't just convenient; it also adds a high-tech touch to your kitchen that's sure to impress dinner guests. If ample cabinet space is your top priority, a downdraft may fit better in your floor plan than a wall hood. Available in multiple sizes, you can easily find the right fit for your island and the room as a whole. As with range hoods, CFM is an important consideration to take into account while you shop.

Over-the-Range Microwaves: Double-Duty Ventilation

For those who love multi-use products, an over-the-range microwave is a good alternative to range hoods or downdrafts. These appliances offer all the functionality of a classic microwave but feature vents on the bottom to function similarly to a hood. As the name suggests, they should be installed over your range or cooktop to efficiently filter out odors and pollutants from the air in your home. These microwaves are a great option for those who don't like the look of a wall or island hood but still need efficient ventilation in their home. They're also ideal for those who live in smaller spaces. If you're not sure which of these ventilation solutions is the best fit for your lifestyle, reach out to an Abt expert at 800-860-3577. For more information on these products, check out Abt's range hood buying guide.

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