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Economical Range Hood: Filter Out The Fumes

Reviewing: Broan 30 Inch Economy Range Hood (White)  |  Rating:
alexsandralyn By alexsandralyn on
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The vintage 1969 built-in exhaust fan over my stove had burnt out years ago. And the vintage 1969 coppertone range hood that served as a sorry excuse for a light bulb cover was the ugliest piece of equipment still left in my newly remodeled kitchen. I hate putting a lot of money into my mobile home structure because mobile homes don't appreciate in price over time like houses do. So there's no sense buying granite countertops and stainless steel appliances when "economy" and "efficiency" makes a lot more sense for a mobile home.

I took some measurements and searched the online catalogs, and I found the perfect range hood replacement at Lowe's. The Broan 30 inch Economy Range Hood is a "ductless" exhaust system, meaning that it uses a replaceable filter to remove grease and odors from my cooking area rather than venting directly outside like my old built-in exhaust fan did. The Broan exhaust fan has two speeds, low and high, but I find that low is sufficient for removing the odors from general cooking, and I only use high when I've burnt the bejeebers out of my toasted cheese sandwich again. And it's rated for up to a 75 watt light bulb. I intend to put a compact flourescent light bulb in the socket though because the range hood is one of the lights that I use the most.

Installation was a little tough to do by myself, but a second pair of hands to hold the Broan Economy Range Hood in place while I screwed it in beneath my cabinets was all the more help I really needed. The installation instructions are easy to follow, and if you're handy with simple electrical wiring, this is a do-it-yourself project that can be completed in a short afternoon.