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Is it Okay to Cook Without a Custom Range Hood?

March 13, 2023 6 min read

Most of the time, finding the perfect kitchen appliance means finding a good balance between price and space. Custom range hoods frequently fall short on both counts, which is why people often ignore them. However, kitchen decisions are not always apples to apples, and space and cost are just two of the many factors to consider.

Contractors often find workarounds that negate the need for a custom range hood when you cook. Installing air purifiers, exhaust fans, or a window fan to eliminate smells is another option, as is adding large windows to let in more air. The main question is whether those measures are sufficient. Is it even okay to cook in a kitchen without a custom range hood?

If you're thinking about getting one for your kitchen remodel, this article will give you all the information you need to choose wisely. Understanding why you need a range hood and the risks of cooking without one is essential.

Let's dive in.

What is a Custom Range Hood?

Custom range hoods are kitchen appliances that significantly lower the amount of grease, cooking odors, and other pollutants in the air when cooking. They remove polluted air from the kitchen and either release it outdoors or clean it and return it to the kitchen.

They are comprised of custom vent hoods(often decorative with arches, curves, and glossy paint jobs), range hood inserts that contain a suction and exhaust fan, filters, lights, and an exhaust vent.

They are ventilation devices that provide proper ventilation and help make the kitchen area a pollution-free zone. There are three types of custom range hoods: ducted, ductless, and convertible. A custom hood installation can be on walls, under cabinets, or as island hoods over the cooking area.

So why do you need one in your kitchen?

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Why Do You Need a Custom Range Hood?

Every time you cook, even in seldom-used kitchens, you generate all kinds of pollutants, heat, and smells that make the cooking area unpleasant. Getting rid of these irritants becomes critical, and one of the best tools for doing so is custom kitchen range hoods. 

These are the top five reasons you need a custom range hood in your kitchen.

  • Important for air filtration
  • The kitchen area is always an active pollution zone with the constant release of vapors, fumes, and strong cooking smells from the cooking process and stove. Imagine cooking fish or searing meat; these release unpleasant solid odors and airborne grease particles into the kitchen. These pollutants linger in the air, particularly in kitchens with sub-par ventilation, and filtering them is necessary. Custom range hoods are one of the most efficient appliances that help maintain the maximum air quality in the kitchen.

    They are essential for air purification because they routinely collect contaminated air from the kitchen and either vent it or clean them by passing it through their filters. A kitchen space with a functional custom range hood will have fewer pollutants and airborne particles floating around. Also, this is a significant health benefit because these gases and toxins are harmful to the body when inhaled. 

  • Helps with heat regulation
  • Kitchen appliances such as the cooking stove, oven, and microwave generate heat, making the kitchen space uncomfortably hot for anyone present. They generate steam, vapors, and smoke, all of which are hot gases that make the kitchen area a hot zone. 

    With the aid of a custom range hood, you can regulate the heat level in the kitchen and maintain an optimum temperature there. Custom range hoods can archive this by constantly extracting the steam produced in the kitchen and venting it outdoors.

    Temperature regulation does not end with heat alone. In the case of colder areas where one can't open the windows because of extreme cold drafts, they can maintain a preset level of hot air to keep the kitchen area warmer.

  • Reduced cleaning cost and time.
  • Grease from the many frying processes is one of the pollutants often released into the kitchen air. They float around before sticking to the surfaces of nearby kitchen appliances, cabinets, or walls. Over time, these droplets combine with dust, forming a sticky film that covers most kitchen surfaces and is difficult to remove. To keep these surfaces clean, you must always wash them regularly, often with expensive cleaning agents.

    But a custom range hood in a kitchen can help reduce the formation of those sticky films. By constantly removing floating grease and dust, they significantly reduce the instances where these films can form. When less stick film is allowed to build up, the cost of cleaning and the time involved reduces.

  • Improves kitchen safety
  • One of the underappreciated advantages of installing a custom range hood is the increased safety and healthier cooking conditions it provides. By constantly cleaning and venting any released polluted air, custom range hoods help keep the kitchen air pristine and safe. They also fight mold formation in the kitchen by removing any condensation from steam and vapors.

    This reduces the grave risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and helps fight frequent allergies and respiratory issues from mold spores. Also, constantly removing hot gases and smoke from the kitchen improves visibility and reduces the risk of accidents.

  • Provides a better cooking environment
  • The kitchen area is usually uncomfortable, with smoke, hot steam, and often intense odors everywhere. It is much more noticeable when preparing specialty foods that need high-heat frying since you now have to add shooting grease droplets to that toxic mix.

    A custom range hood can help foster a pleasant cooking environment by rapidly and constantly eliminating heat and pollutants from the kitchen. The resulting relaxed environments promote optimal cooking environments for the chef.

    Hazards of Cooking without a Custom Range Hood

    Custom range hoods are vital kitchen appliances, both in terms of safety and fostering a better and healthier cooking environment. Some of the significant hazards of cooking without one in a kitchen are:

  • Increased instances of smoke inhalation
  • One of the core functions of any range hood is to ensure pristine indoor air quality. The charcoal filters in most custom range hoods do an excellent job absorbing smoke and its accompanying particles in its vent hood. This function is lost if your kitchen has no range hood, especially if your kitchen range is not an electric cooktop but a gas stove.

    With more smoke in your kitchen, you increase the chances of inhaling smoke generated when cooking with all its accompanying harmful particles. You also get more instances of the accidental triggering of your smoke alarm.

  • Increased concentration of harmful chemicals and air particles
  • Tons of particles and toxic cooking gas by-products are released when cooking. It becomes a significant health and safety issue without a range hood to vent them. Harmful chemicals like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide and air particles like soot are deadly when allowed to pool in the kitchen and inhaled.

    The indoor air quality in any kitchen without a range hood is often severely affected by the increased concentration of these chemicals. In worst-case scenarios, these harmful chemicals can escape to other home rooms.

  • Increase chances of a contaminated kitchen
  • The absence of a range hood in a kitchen increases the chances of the kitchen being contaminated. The increased humidity and condensation from the release of cooking steam and vapors and the dark corners of the kitchen cabinets provide perfect conditions for the formation of molds and other harmful bacteria. This can make the kitchen space an unsafe cooking zone.

  • Increased chance of fire
  • When cooking, airborne grease, and oil particles tend to fill the kitchen air or splatter on the stove top or nearby cabinets. No external blower or recirculating fan to remove this from the air increases the chances of grease fires. Also, in the event of a leaky gas stove, a range hood would usually exhaust the gas, but with no hood, the gas would pool, leading to fires if not detected on time.

  • Reduced visibility in the kitchen
  • Cooking releases smoke, vapor, and smog into the kitchen air, affecting the kitchen's general visibility. With no range hood to rapidly vent or recirculate the air in the kitchen, the smoke, vapor, and smog will gradually fill the kitchen. This will reduce kitchen visibility, making cooking quite tricky and potentially resulting in accidents.

    Final Thoughts

    Custom range hoods offer a genuine way to ensure the kitchen area is a hazard-free zone. Using one mitigates and reduces the risk of the listed hazards from happening. When weighing whether to get one for the kitchen, calculate the benefits they provide and all the dangers of cooking with one before deciding.