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The Difference Between Vented and Ventless Kitchen Range Hoods

If you’re in the market for a kitchen range hood, then you’ve probably noticed that these appliances come in vented/ducted or ventless/ductless options. Both are very effective at filtering your kitchen’s air and creating a comfortable cooking environment. However, it’s helpful to understand the differences between vented range hoods and ventless range hoods as you’re making your selection.

How Ducted Range Hoods Work

Referred to as a vented or ducted units, these types of kitchen range hoods are typically connected to your home’s existing air duct system. For the most efficient and effective ventilation for your kitchen, ducted range hoods are the best option for removing heat, steam, smoke and scents that build up when you cook.

How Ductless Range Hoods Work

Ventless or ductless kitchen range hoods filter the air using filters, then recirculate the clean air back into your kitchen. These units tend to be more affordable because they do not need to be installed with air ducts, which is especially ideal if you don’t have an existing ventilation system. In addition, the filters—typically made of mesh or carbon—are often made of dishwasher-safe materials, making maintenance easier.

Combination Range Hoods

If you want the best of both worlds, combination range hoods keep your kitchen air clean using filters and your ventilation system.

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