What is a mobile home range hood?

A mobile home range hood is a ventilation system that installs on the ceiling of your mobile home. It features an exterior vent like any other type, but it also has two very important interior vents as well. The first will be located behind or near where you cook and the second will go through the wall into another area outside of your living space. The exterior vent is vented directly outside of your mobile home.

Mobile home range hoods are available in two different styles – ducted or ductless. The latter variety comes equipped for the interior vents, but if you prefer an exterior unit or must install it through a wall, you will need to purchase ducting separately. If the kitchen range hood does not require any kind of venting or duct work, it is best that you consult a professional installation company. They can give you advice on how to get your appliance up and running safely and quickly

Manufactured Home Range Hoods 10 Shopping Factors

Consider these features when shopping for a range hood for your manufactured kitchen:

1. Size

The model should be as wide as your cooking space. Because island-mount range hoods don’t rely on a wall or cabinet to funnel the fumes, they should be a bit wider than the cooking space.

2. Filters

Ducted hoods use aluminum filters to collect grease before the odors and smoke are expelled outside.

These filters need to be removable and washable (in any washing tool but they should be dishwasher friendly just in case) because, once in a while, the accumulated grease will have to be removed.

Non-duct range hoods often come with charcoal filters for the same purpose.

These filters are not washable because of the nature of charcoal, so you’ll need to replace them as often as you would have washed them. The frequency of washing or replacement will depend on your cooking frequency.

But how do you know when to replace the filters? Some range hoods come with filter indicator lights to alert you appropriately.

Related: Range Hood Parts Guide

3. Sound levels

The sound of range hoods is measured in Sones, not decibels. One Sone is very much equivalent to what your refrigerator produces when running.

Light traffic produces a maximum of 8 Sones while normal conversations in a room can be about 7 Sones. Use Sones to make a comparison between units.

However, bear in mind that the Sone rating of a hood is directly proportional to its CFM – the higher the sone rating the bigger the CFM.

Of course, you want the quietest range hood, so you will definitely choose one with the lowest sone rating. But that could mean you are getting a product with low CFM. That’s a dilemma right there!

4. Stainless steel material

In the kitchen, stainless steel is always better whether it’s a knife or a range hood. The best thing about stainless steel is the ease of cleaning. It is also rust-resistant and durable.

These features are worthwhile, but the surface of the hood should be coated with some form of tough plastic or similar material to prevent you from leaving greasy fingerprints on it.

However, emphasis on stainless steel doesn’t mean brass range hoods aren’t great.

5. LED Lighting

Just like any other kitchen equipment, range hoods need to be monitored closely to avoid surprises.

It is standard for kitchen equipment to come with notification units on them which, more often than not, tend to be LED lights or alarms.

You need LED lights on your range hood to tell the status of a number of cooking elements, including timing and the state of the filters.

6. App support

This is a reserve of more smart range hoods.

If a range hood is linked to a smartphone application that allows you to monitor every minute aspect of the system, that would be great, wouldn’t it?

Some smart range hoods will tell you on your vacation the kind of food being cooked back at home.

7. Timer and refresher

Some smart range hoods come equipped with automatic on/off mechanisms and a refresher that permits you to set the time you would like the system to refresh. This feature lets you proceed with your chores without worry.

For instance, it just makes sense to set your range hood to run for exactly one hour if you know you are baking for one hour. The refreshing feature plays an important role in keeping the unit operating as long as you are cooking.

8. Fan power

Because kitchens come in different sizes, range hoods come with different fan powers. This means the small size of your manufactured home’s kitchen won’t require a range hood with the most powerful fan in the market.

The job of the fan is to clear the odor and hot hair from the cooking space. Some range hoods come with two or more fans.

To determine the amount of power you need in a fan, consider finding the volume of your kitchen I.e. multiply the height of the kitchen’s ceiling, the width, and length.

9. Range hood style

You obviously want a range hood with a style that “marries” that of your kitchen. Therefore, just so you don’t select something that will look out of place, you will glean through various finishes offered by the market.

The type of finish on the range hood can have an influence on ease of cleaning and general maintenance.

When choosing a range hood that meets your styling needs, you are more likely to pay attention to such things as a shiny or brushed finish, design, size, and the general look of the equipment.

Lastly, you may consider how seamlessly the unit will incorporate into your kitchen.

10. Cost

It goes unmentioned that the cost of the range hood varies depending on such things as power, size, and such technology add-ons as auto on/off switches, inbuilt lighting, sensors, and alert systems.

The cost of installing the unit should be considered as well. The total cost of having the unit in full operation should be affordable.

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What Are Kinds Of Range Hoods To Choose From?

As indicated in this article, there are plenty of benefits to having a range hood.

In a nutshell, range hood removes airborne grease, fumes, soot, and steam generated during cooking, helping you maintain a tidy and conducive culinary environment.

There are many types of range hoods in the market. However, not all are designed equally. Here is a quick overview of range hood systems available for your selection:

1. Vented or Ducted Range Hood

This is ideal for you if you cook a lot or operate a restaurant. It is the most common type of kitchen hood.

This type of range hood has a duct that expels generated smoke from the kitchen hob.

The vent leads outside of the kitchen ensuring that pollution generated during cooking is channeled away from the kitchen.

Restaurants and commercial kitchens are fitted with large-sized duct hoods owing to the intense cooking happening.

And as such, if possible, you need to install an updraft hood that vents outside.

An excellent way to vent a stove is to duct it to the outside and ensure that you choose a range hood that will sufficiently exhaust it right to the outdoors.

Always ensure that your ventilation duct doesn’t end inside the attic but should always be properly vented to the outside.

2. Ductless Range Hood

Ductless range hoods do not have a duct for processing the air but instead, they are fitted with a fan with a charcoal filter that sifts and pumps out smoke, fumes, and other particles generated.

The filtered air is pumped back into the house. This type of range hood is common in houses.

They are easier to install and relatively affordable. They are, however, less effective and require constant cleaning and replacement.

3. Downdraft Vent Range Hood

Downdraft systems of the range hood are located on top of the stove near burners as part of the inbuilt system of the stove.

They are particularly less effective. The fitted fans pull heat away from the cooking pot.

However, there is another type of downdraft system called a pop-up.

This type remains flush till it is required and with the push of a button it can rise above the cooking surface. Similarly, it functions by pulling heat away from the food being cooked.

Conclusion

You need a mobile home kitchen exhaust fan to keep your cooking area free from unwanted smoke, heat, grease, and other combustion products.

Manufactured homes come with small kitchens, so you don’t need a range hood with the highest fan power.

However, you may want to choose a durable unit made from stainless steel or brass.

The perfect unit should produce less noise (meaning fewer Sone ratings) and at least be smart (we mean support for a mobile app, LED lights, and sensors). The overall cost of the unit should be considered as well.

How to install a new mobile range hood

Exterior vent

Mobile home range hood vents need to be set up so they can expel the cooking fumes and heat through an exterior wall with a window or large opening in it. You will want to make sure you have enough space between the hole on the outside of your mobile home and the exterior vent of your new range hood.

The exterior vent is the most important part and should be placed in an area where it will service your entire mobile home. This means that you need to make sure there aren’t any other vents or fans nearby which could cause a problem with the airflow of the outside vent.

You want to install your mobile home range hood on a sturdy beam which can support its weight. You can choose to have a roofer install it for you if you are not comfortable doing so yourself, but the installation is pretty simple and doesn’t require any special tools or skills that most homeowners don’t already have around their home.

Wall vents

The other two vents should be installed in places where they won’t be affected by any cooking fumes or heat from the range. This means that you should not install them near where you cook, but instead slightly higher up on a wall away from the kitchen area and appliances like the oven.

The interior vent will draw out all of the air accompanied with cooking smells and grease which is very important for keeping both yourself and your family safe. You will want to install this vent at least six inches above the floor of your home and preferably near a window which can be opened for even more ventilation if needed.

The exterior wall vent is also very important as it provides fresh air into your mobile home, especially on those days when you are cooking things that tend to give off very strong odors. This vent should be installed near the ceiling and also six inches away from any walls or windows that could block it’s ability to let fresh air in.

Typically, the installation will only take an hour or two based on how many people are working together on completing this project. 

Final Words

As an upgrade to the kitchen appeal, a range hood is not only an important air aeration tool.

It creates a healthy environment in the kitchen.

It improves the overall functionality of your kitchen. You must explore the available options and select one that works best for you.

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