4 Safety Tips to Consider when Installing a Stainless Steel Chimney Hood

Installing a stainless steel chimney hood requires special installation, making it very important to get it done safely and correctly. The most common chimney hoods are free standing, stainless steel hoods available in different widths. Many can be attached to the ceiling as opposed to the wall and contain many bonus features. These hoods can have touch control, a digital display, automatic shut off, and use either LED or halogen lights. For convenient clean-up, many also contain a dishwasher safe grease filter. Since these hoods are placed over the cook top within the kitchen, the widths of both must match. An added appeal of the hoods is their ability to be placed over kitchen islands. When installing, keep these tips in mind.

Careful Handling

Do not remove the hood from its packaging until it is time to install. When lifting it out, make sure to grab with fingers under the lower reveal. Never lift by the utensil rail. Cotton gloves and safety glasses are recommended. The gloves ensure no fingerprints and no scratching when removing from the crate. Lastly, do not remove any plastic. Only remove plastic after the installation is complete.

Use an Electrician

Unless there is electrical experience within the installer, this tip is extremely important. The electrical connections must be correct, considering the function of the hood. Remember to disconnect the electrical supply until fully installed. Also, check the hood to ensure the power is off and will not automatically turn on while being wired. There is specific electrical wiring needed. Call an electrician, if needed. Along with the electrical requirements, there are recommended distances between hood and cook top. For electric cookers it is 700mm, gas cookers; 700, coal/oil cookers; 800mm. Make sure these are followed.

Proper Ventilation

Do not connect to an existing ventilation system that already being used. The ventilation flow must be its own. Keep in mind, the hood removes odors, not steam. Adequate air supply flowing through the kitchen is required. Air must not be exhausted into attics, crawl spaces, garages or spaces in the ceiling.  The hood ensures a smoke-free, pleasant smelling kitchen.

Proper Duct of Hood

Along with correct ventilation flow, the hood must be ducted properly as well. Before beginning duct work, know where the ductwork will run. The shorter the better; a longer run will cause performance issues. It is recommended to have hoods ducted to the outside of the home. If not ducked to the outside, filters will still collect the odors, but heat and smoke gets pushed back into the home. If the filters are not cleaned regularly, the kitchen’s odors with circulate within the home. With the added cleaning needed, it can become a hassle. There are specific ducts needed for the hood being installed. Make sure to comply.

A stainless steel chimney hood does many things, from enhancing the kitchen’s appearance to keeping the air smelling good; all while being technically savvy. In getting them installed correctly, kitchens are kept safe.