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How to Install a Range Hood Vent Through Ceiling
Range hoods are a great way to elevate your kitchen’s aesthetic. They not only provide a great deal of function but can also bring an element of modern, sleek design to your cooking area.
If you want to install one through your ceiling rather than through an outside wall, we’ll teach you how in this informative blog post!
What is a range hood?
A range hood (also called a kitchen hood, extractor hood, or exhaust hood) is an overhead fan that can help to remove airborne grease, smoke, heat, steam, or other fumes from the air above a stovetop range. If you’re installing one, you can expect a cleaner and healthier kitchen as well as a cohesive look for your stovetop setup.
There are two different types of range hoods, classified on how they ventilate air: ducted/vented range hoods and ductless/non-vented range hoods. Ducted range hoods filter air filled with cooking fumes out of your house through a duct vented either through an outside wall or the roof, while ductless range hoods use filtration to pump the air back into your kitchen.
If you’re installing a range hood through the ceiling, ducted range hoods are preferable as hot air rises. It’s also important to note that island range hoods can only be installed through the ceiling as opposed to an outside wall.
Make sure you have all materials
Before you start with the installation process, it’s important to ensure you all have all the proper tools and equipment for the job. This includes making sure there is a clear path for the ducted range hood to pass through your ceiling and your roof.
In addition to what comes in the box for your range hood, here is a list of recommended materials you should have on hand to complete your installation as smooth as possible:
- Tape measure
- Pen/pencil to mark cuts
- Aluminum duct tape
- Drywall saw
- Plumb line
- Utility knife
Be sure to check the listed parts that should come with your new range hood to see if they match up with what’s in the box.
Measure, mark, and make ceiling cuts
Mark the center and four corners of your range on the ceiling using your pen or pencil and a straight edge, as well as the four corners of where you would like to drill the screws for the mounting bracket. Then, line up your ductwork and trace that. When cutting around lines you’ve made for the ductwork, make sure to give yourself a one-inch allowance around the initial lines so the ductwork can fit through the hole properly.
Pull ductwork and wiring through the ceiling
Next, pull the ductwork and all needed electrical wiring through the hole you’ve just made. Make sure you know where your range hood will be plugged in prior to installing it so you can avoid any hassle with this later on.
Drill in the ceiling and support brackets
Use a drill to screw in the mounting screws for the ceiling bracket where you marked where you wanted them to go earlier. After the ceiling bracket is attached, you can then install the support brackets through the designated holes that are already on the ceiling bracket.
Install upper and lower chimney sleeves
Then you can slide the upper chimney sleeve up the support bracket to the top of your ceiling. You can secure it in place with the screw hole that should be located on the top of the support bracket and chimney. Do the same with the lower chimney sleeve, but secure it both on the outside and inside with duct tape.
Mount and secure your range hood
Lift your range hood into place and use two screws per support bracket to secure it in. Tug on the hood a bit to check for any looseness. Then, take the tape off the chimney sleeves and slide it down to the top of the range hood. All wiring and ducts should now be hidden! Congrats, you’ve just installed a range hood through your ceiling.
Visit Lily Ann Cabinets for more
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Do I need a range hood?
It depends, but yes, having a range hood is better than not. A range hood keeps cooking exhaust, chemicals, and smoke out of your kitchen. It improves your indoor air quality and helps prevent any health concerns from cooking. Depending on where you live, a range hood may be required by your building codes.
How high should a range hood be?
The recommended mount height from the range top to the hood bottom should be between 24” to 30”.