Kitchen hoods are perfect for homeowners who love cooking at home and experimenting with different cuisines. It keeps your home smell fresh and clean after hours of cooking. It makes our cooking lives easier, so it deserves to be well cared for.
High-quality range hoods are durable, but they still need regular checkups and maintenance to keep them efficient in doing their job. Here are four easy ways you can keep your range hood in good shape:
Stay Sensitive to How Your Vent Hood Is Performing
As with any equipment, your vent hood is bound to work less and less efficiently through time. The key to keeping it healthy though is to keep your eyes peeled for telltale signs of decreasing performance. Is the smoke clearing from your kitchen as fast as it should do according to your settings? If not, the duct may be clogged with grease.
Other signs you want to watch out for is humming or overly loud motor. This is commonly an indication that the motor needs replacement or it’s rubbing against something that shouldn’t be there. You should also take note of lights, buttons, or other functions that fail to work as they used to.
Clean the Air Filter
Range hood air filters trap particulates particularly grease before releasing the air outside of your house. There are two common kinds of air filters: charcoal and metal filter. Between these two, metal mesh filters are easier to clean and maintain.
You just have to remove it and soak it in a degreasing solution for some time. A good degreasing solution is a mix of hot water, baking soda, and dish soap. Once all the grease is removed, scrub it with a non-abrasive brush and wash it with warm water and soap. Before putting it back in the range hood, make sure it’s completely dry.
Over time, you might see signs of wear and tear on your air filter. You need to replace this filter since the physical damage may be affecting their effectiveness in filtering the air.
Clean the Vent Itself
You need to regularly clean the exterior and interior parts of the vent hood since range hoods can get greasy all over after a few months. Wipe it with with a cloth soaked in a degreasing solution or spray the degreasing solution on it and wipe it dry. But remember to make sure that the range hood is turned off, your stove is not turned on, and don’t wipe or spray electrical components such as the light bulb.
Have Professionals Look at It
If the vent hood has problems that you can’t seem to fix on your own, the most prudent thing to do is to contact professionals who can inspect and repair the hood. Don’t wait too long or ignore the problem before you ask for help since this may lead to permanent damage. In this case, you might need to buy a new range hood.
The key to keeping your range hood efficient is regular checkup and maintenance. With these four tips, you can enjoy your range hoods for years to come.