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Do I need to purchase a range hood with or without a motor?

There are hoods with motor and hoods without motor. Which you need depends on the drainage system in your home. If you have a central exhaust system, you opt for a hood without a motor. Do you use the air discharge to the outside or the recirculation set-up? Then you need a hood with motor.

In short

What type of range hood do I need?
Ventilation system: pipe comes straight out Range hood with motor
No ventilation system Recirculation range hood
Central exhaust system Motorless range hood

Range hood with motor

Range hood for ventilation system

Range hood for the exhaust ventilation system

  • Suitable for: exhaust ventilation system
  • Ventilation: the air is exhausted outwards
  • Advantage: powerful range hood that exhausts much more than the other types
  • Disadvantage: You need an outwards drain to use this hood.

Please note! This type is absolutely not suitable for a central ventilation system. If you attach the range hood to this, odors will end up in your bathroom, toilet, or at the neighbors.

Recirculation range hood

Recirculation range hood

  • Suitable for: when you do not have a ventilation system.
  • Ventilation: the air is sucked up, filtered and blown back into the kitchen.
  • Advantage: You don't have to have an outwards drain, so you can use this type in any home.
  • Disadvantage: In addition to the grease filters, you also need carbon filters, which you have to replace every once in a while.

Range hood without motor

  • Suitable for: central ventilation system
  • Ventilation: a hatch opens in the ventilation system, through which the air can escape via a tube.
  • Advantage: relatively quiet and cheap.
  • Disadvantage: its exhaust force depends on the operation of your central ventilaton system and can't be manually adjusted.

Please note! A range hood without a motor simply doesn't work with an exhaust ventilation system.

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