Mounting heights - Brisas Range Hoods
When mounting your range hood you want to do so within the manufacturers specified mounting heights. Out of concern for safety and the well-being of your range hood, manufacturers list UL approved heights to make sure your range hood is being safely operated and work as efficiently as possible.

The lower the range hood is installed at or below the recommended height, the more you run the risk of creating heat damage to the range hood components like filters, controls and decorative elements. Install the range hood higher than recommended and it will lose the ability to perform at its intended levels because you will lose efficiency the higher you go beyond specs. If you have to install the range hood towards the maximum installation height recommendations, then it’s a good idea to increase the width of the range hood by 3” on each side to augment the capture area of the hood. continue reading
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CFM is a measurement of the movement of air. Technically it means Cubic Feet per Minute. Think of CFM as horse power in a car. The higher the CFM number the more air that range hood moves.

BTU is a British Thermal Unit and is a measurement of how much energy your range generates. Typically 36” ranges can have a BTU measurement of 60,000 BTUs and that means that you have to match your range hood CFM levels to handle the BTUs.

A quick formula for determining the right CFM level is the following:

Total BTU / 100 CFM

A 60,000 BTU range / by 100 CFM = 600 CFM
A sone is the perception of loudness. And the measurement used to rate range hoods while in operation. The louder the sone levels, the louder the range hood.

Sones are potentially the most important part of living and working with your range hood so be specially attentive when reading manufacturers claim of sones. If the sone levels are too low you might want to ask if that sone level claim is a “minimum” and paired with a “maximum” CFM rating.

Brisas range hoods claim sone and CFM levels on maximum settings which means the hood emits 6 sones when used on the highest speed setting.

CFM + BTUs
The width of your range hood is important because it helps in the capture of cooking emissions.

Ideally, you want to match the size of your wall-mounted range hood with the size of your range.

So if your range is 36” wide your range hood should be 36” wide as well.

When installing an island-mounted range hood, you may consider increasing the size of the range hood by 3” on each side in order to augment the capture area to more efficiently exhaust cooking emissions.

Mounting heights
When mounting your range hood you want to do so within the manufacturers specified mounting heights. Out of concern for safety and the well-being of your range hood, manufacturers list UL approved heights to make sure your range hood is being safely operated and work as efficiently as possible.

The lower the range hood is installed at or below the recommended height, the more you run the risk of creating heat damage to the range hood components like filters, controls and decorative elements. Install the range hood higher than recommended and it will lose the ability to perform at its intended levels because you will lose efficiency the higher you go beyond specs. If you have to install the range hood towards the maximum installation height recommendations, then it’s a good idea to increase the width of the range hood by 3” on each side to augment the capture area of the hood. continue reading
Ducting is the single most important component of kitchen ventilation. Ducting is the plumbing that takes the exhaust to the outdoor environment. Poorly ducted installations can result in less efficient, louder range hood operation.

To take the mystery out of ducting, rely on these simple rules.

Always duct your range hood to the outside for peak performance. Use a recirculating kit only if absolutely necessary.

Keep duct runs as short and straight as possible. Overly long and circuitous duct runs decrease the speed and time it takes for the air to travel outward, creating a “traffic jam” inside the ducting and this will cause your range hood to work less efficiently. continue reading
Once your range hood is properly installed in your kitchen, it’s time to learn how to use it. Like any other appliance or gadget, the better you use it the better it will perform and the happier you will be with your purchase over time.

First and foremost, realize that CFM and Sone levels are rated at maximum. These ratings assume that you are using all of your range’s burners on maximum and your range hood on maximum. Using your range hood on maximum will lead to the loudest sound emission and may make your cooking experience less enjoyable.

CFM + BTUs
Sones

Be pragmatic about how much ventilation power you need when cooking. If you’re only using one or two burners continue reading
When mounting your range hood you want to do so within the manufacturers specified mounting heights. Out of concern for safety and the well-being of your range hood, manufacturers list UL approved heights to make sure your range hood is being safely operated and work as efficiently as possible.

The lower the range hood is installed at or below the recommended height, the more you run the risk of creating heat damage to the range hood components like filters, controls and decorative elements.

Install the range hood higher than recommended and it will lose the ability to perform at its intended levels because you will lose efficiency the higher you go beyond specs. If you have to install the range hood towards the maximum installation height recommendations, then it’s a good idea to increase the width of the range hood by 3” on each side to augment the capture area of the hood.
Brisas range hoods can be installed 26” to 34” above the cabinet surface. This gives you ample room to install your range hood at the desired height without running the risk of heat damage or loss of performance.

For added simplicity, Brisas range hoods come with telescoping duct covers that can be easily installed in a kitchen with ceilings from 8’ to 9’ high.

If your ceiling height is higher than 9’, Brisas offers an optional duct cover for ceilings up to 12’ high.

For installations below 8’ or above 12’ you can always call our dedicated customer service team and they may be able to connect you with third party companies that can help you achieve the desired installation as after-market customization.

Call us at 888.880.8368 or email us at productsupport@brisasrangehoods.com
Ducting is the single most important component of kitchen ventilation. Ducting is the plumbing that takes the exhaust to the outdoor environment. Poorly ducted installations can result in less efficient, louder range hood operation.

To take the mystery out of ducting, rely on these simple rules.

Always duct your range hood to the outside for peak performance. Use a recirculating kit only if absolutely necessary.

Keep duct runs as short and straight as possible. Overly long and circuitous duct runs decrease the speed and time it takes for the air to travel outward, creating a “traffic jam” inside the ducting and this will cause your range hood to work less efficiently.
Only use rigid, metal ducting as “according” style ducting traps outward bound exhaust in the crevices of the ducting and decrease the efficiency of your range hood’s motor.

Brisas range hoods are built for 6” round vertical ducting installation, one of the most commonly found residential ducting options.
Once your range hood is properly installed in your kitchen, it’s time to learn how to use it. Like any other appliance or gadget, the better you use it the better it will perform and the happier you will be with your purchase over time.

First and foremost, realize that CFM and Sone levels are rated at maximum. These ratings assume that you are using all of your range’s burners on maximum and your range hood on maximum. Using your range hood on maximum will lead to the loudest sound emission and may make your cooking experience less enjoyable.

CFM + BTUs
Sones

Be pragmatic about how much ventilation power you need when cooking. If you’re only using one or two burners on medium speed, then turn your range hood to speed 1 or 2 and see how that works. Try a few methods and figure out what works best for you.
Ultimately, you’ll find a balance between your range and your range hood that will keep your kitchen clear of smoke and grease and your conversation lively.


Turn your range hood on 5-10 minutes before you start cooking. This will create the needed updraft for easily removing air from your kitchen.

Adjust the range hood speeds as your cooking becomes more aggressive. And only resort to the maximum speed if you’re using all burners on maximum or if your garlic sautee has turned into roasted garlic by mistake...

Finally, leave the range hood on low speed for a few minutes after you’ve finished cooking to make sure that it expels all the left over cooking emissions from your kitchen.

Choosing the Right Range Hood for You

Your range hood is more than an appliance. It can improve your cooking experience by making it more pleasant and entertaining experience. With the right range hood that loud turbine noise and greasy smell that lingers days after you cooked will be a thing of the past.

That’s because proper range hood ventilation removes any excess smoke and grease from the kitchen and exhausts it to the outside.

A poorly vented kitchen runs the risk of allowing all the excess smoke to set off smoke alarms or contaminants like grease to accumulate on your cabinets, appliances or draperies.
It is estimated that on average 1 gallon of grease is produced by everyday cooking and if it isn’t being pushed to the outside it’s sure to be going somewhere – if you ever noticed a sticky, yellow film on the top of refrigerators or cabinets, that’s cooking grease that never made its way to the outdoors. Think about that for a moment...

Before you run out to purchase your range hood, get familiar with some terms and concepts that will make choosing the right range hood a little more comforting.