I have noticed there are several areas in my kitchen that I overlook when I make my cleaning to-do list each week. I do not forget to clean these items on purpose; however, I simply do not think of cleaning them. Items that are out of sight are truly out of mind because I do not enjoy cleaning to begin with so I do not search out more things to clean. One item that I do make time to clean even though it is out of sight is my range hood. I wipe down the outside of the hood daily but it is the vent and filter system that also needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Keeping the hood to your range clean and free from greasy buildup and blockages will keep the filter and fan operating efficiently and correctly.
There are three typical types of range hoods, each with its own special cleaning techniques. WARNING: Cut the power off at the circuit breaker before cleaning the range hood.
Metal filter system
This range hood is a simple exhaust fan and filter system. Particles are drawn up through the filter by the hood’s fan. These filters should be removed and soaked in hot soapy water to remove grease and particles. A small amount of ammonia may be used to cut tough grease; however, caution must be used because of the fumes. If the filter is very greasy, it should be replaced for the best results.
Charcoal hood filters
Charcoal hood filters do a great job of filtering smoke and particles; however, charcoal hood filters cannot be cleaned. When the filters do not remove smoke out of the air any longer, they must be replaced. You should consult the owner’s manual that came with your range hood for detailed instructions for removing and replacing the charcoal filter. If you no longer have the instructions, try checking the manufacturer’s website or contacting the company’s customer service department.
Outside venting systems
These are probably the best range hood systems because they remove the smoke and heat and vent it directly outside. This eliminates smoke and heat in your kitchen. However, these systems also require period maintenance and cleaning to keep them operating correctly. Blockages, either inside or outside, will cause the system not to vent the heat outside affecting your cooling system during the summer. Make sure to check the screen covering the damper to make sure that nothing is blocking it from the outside. Check the directions that came with the range hood for detailed cleaning instructions and make sure to clean the filter as suggested.