When you want to save money on home remodels, you will have to do a lot of the work yourself. Do-it-yourself renovations can be rewarding, since you will get exactly what you want done the way you want it done. Most kitchen remodels are a great place for DIY handymen to start, since the work is fairly simple and basic. The most complicated part of your remodel may involve your range hood. Range hood installation is easy enough if you take your time and do it right. Much will depend on the style of hood and venting system you choose for your home.
Basic all-in-one re-circulation models are the easiest to install. Since the appliance blows the air back out into the kitchen after running it through a filter, you don’t have to worry about installing a duct system or exterior vents. Simply mount and hang the new hood. Even if your old hood was installed in the same location, it is a good idea to make sure that your mounting brackets rest on strong wall studs instead of screwing into weaker drywall. Take your time to measure the space and install according to the manufacturer’s directions in your range hood owner’s manual.
If your new range hood requires venting or ductwork, you will want to make sure you have all your supplies handy before you start the project. Gather:
If you are doing an exterior vent, simply insert the new vent and you should be all set. If you are adding some ductwork, then you will need to take your time to plan out the most direct route to the outside. You want to have as quiet a hood as possible, which means that you need a quick and easy route for air to exit.
You may also need to alter electrical connections when you install your range hood. For some hoods, this may be as simple as plugging the power cord into the wall. Others may require you to connect with an existing wiring system or even create one of your own. If you are not experienced in electrical work, hire a professional to do this in order to avoid fire hazards and keep your home up to code.
Don’t forget the filters. Filters capture grease and other unwanted particulates before sending the air on its way. If you are partially re-using an old system, you may need to simply clean an old filter. If you are installing an entirely new system, purchase and install new filters. In fact, it may be a good idea to stock up on charcoal filters or cleaning supplies, so that you can replace or clean filters regularly. Most filter systems need maintenance every 3-6 months.