We all take vent hoods for granted and there are many Medallion Cabinetry styles to choose from. After doing some research, we found that vent hoods were invented in the mid-20th century and first manufactured in 1937 by the Vent-a-Hood company.
Vent Hoods: Options
From a mechanical standpoint, there are three basic types of vent hoods: vented, non-vented, and convertible. These are important distinctions, as they work differently to remove and/or neutralize cooking odors in your home.
Vented hoods convey smoke, steam, and cooking odors outside of your home by dedicated ductwork. Usually, this is accomplished when a range is against an outside wall.
Non-vented hoods create a vacuum to move smoke, steam, and heat away from the cooking surface. The air moves through a set of filters to trap grease and oil that is suspended in the air. Unfortunately, this type of vent hood moves air throughout the kitchen and home.
Convertible hoods are handy when you have cooking situations where venting or not venting options are needed. For example, if you are blackening fish during the summer, you would probably choose to vent the smoke, smell, and heat outside. If you are boiling pasta during the winter, and have added oil to the water, you might choose the non-vent setting to trap oil droplets in the filter and let the heat and humidity, generated by boiling the water, remain in your home.
Vent Hood Covers
There are many types of vent hoods and some of them look really good when they are installed. Most are made from stainless steel and fit nicely with urban and industrial-style kitchens. If your design won’t support that kind of look, a vent hood enclosure might be perfect for you.
At this years Kitchen Bath Industry Show (KBIS) Medallion Cabinetry introduced a number of really interesting new styles. These range from Curvy and Sleek to Tapered and Tailored and an Updated Classic.
Curvy and Sleek
This curved hood is available with either a wood or stainless steel mantel. A stainless steel mantel could tie together elements of a Transitional Kitchen that has stainless steel appliances, lighting, fixtures, or statement chairs. This hood is finished in Medallion’s Safari Classic paint.
Tapered and Tailored
This design is right at home in a Traditional Kitchen and is available in either a shiplap or plain face, depending upon the look that you are seeking. This design can also look great in a Coastal or Cottage-themed kitchen.
We have a number of clients who don’t want anything too trendy and also want to add a bit of pizzaz to a Traditional Kitchen. Medallion has created a Box Hood that has a number of new options: widths and heights, ledge profiles, added top-space for crown moldings, try-panel deluxe fronts, and a Shaker Crown option.
As you can see, we pay very close attention to all facets of a kitchen design and have a number of options. Get in touch! We’d love to discuss your remodel or new construction project.