Range Hood FAQ – 42-inch Range Hoods

42 Inch Range Hoods

A range hood is an appliance that removes air pollution caused by cooking. Steam, grease, odors, carbon monoxide, excess moisture and waste heat – all of those things can make the cooking process unpleasant. With a high-performance range hood, properly installed and ducted to the outside of the house, all of those pollutants will be captured and extracted, allowing fresh air in to replace them.

One of the most important considerations when choosing a range hood is selecting the right size for the job. Although it’s possible to use the range hood that’s the same width as the cooktop/range, it’s always preferable to have the range hood a little larger. That’s because as the polluted hot air rises, it spreads out (see illustration).

If the range hood is wider than the range, it will capture more of the “pollution plume” than a smaller-sized range hood. Installed at the recommended height (26-28 inches), an oversized hood should capture the vast majority of the grease-laden cooking air. The increased efficiency allows you to operate the range hood at lower speeds (compared to one that’s too small or installed too high), which results in quieter performance and a more comfortable cooking experience.

In an island application, where the cooktop is set up on a central island or peninsula, this principle becomes even more important. Since there are no walls to contain the airflow, the “pollution plume” from the cooktop is subject to cross-drafts. Whenever a door or window is opened, or the A/C turns on, the resulting change in airflow will disrupt the pollution plume and makes it miss the edge of the range hood.

To compensate for this, and provide owners of island-mount 30″ and 36″ wide cooktops and ranges with adequate (not to mention stylish!) ventilation, Futuro Futuro is now offering our most popular designs – the Acqualina Glass and Moon Crystal – in new 42″ wide versions.

In addition, we’re offering one of our most popular wall-mount range hoods – the Insert-Liner – in a 42″ size as well, for installation into cabinetry up to 54″ wide.

Range Hood FAQ - 42-inch Range Hoods
As the hot air rises from the cooktop, it spreads out in all directions. Especially on island applications, it’s recommended to have a range hood wider than the cooktop, in order to capture as much air pollution as possible.

42" Acqualina Glass Island

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The “Acqualina Glass” line of designer range hoods from Futuro Futuro integrates a gracefully curved glass panel, and a stainless-steel body with a unique asymmetrical design, that looks like an ocean wave frozen in a moment of time.

One of the latest models in Futuro Futuro’s collection of 200+ designs, the “Acqualina” range hoods have quickly become a best-seller, and are now available in a 42-inch version to accommodate high-power 36″ cooktops and ranges.

42" Moon Crystal Island

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The “Moon Crystal” series of designer kitchen hoods is an excellent choice for a wide variety of traditional as well as modern kitchens, with a perfectly summetrical design.

Available in several sizes & mounting versions – including the NEW 42″ size to satisfy the ventilation needs of high-power 36″ island-mounted cooktops and ranges.

42" Insert-Liner

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The “Insert/Liner” series is a compact range hood that can be fitted into a cabinet, custom hood, or soffit.

Due to popular demand, Futuro Futuro now offers the “Insert/Liner” range hood series in a 42″ size, to accommodate the ventilation needs of high-power cooktops.

All Futuro Futuro Insert/Liner hoods include a wireless remote in addition to the electronic control panel, a 940-CFM blower with 4 speeds, halogen or LED lights, and dishwasher-safe filters (mesh or baffle type).