The sone measure loudness, or just “sone,” of a range hood is a measurement of how loud a range hood gets. Using your kitchen hood is important because it reduces the amount of heat, smoke, grease, and odor that spreads throughout your kitchen.
Some people don’t use their range hoods because they’re too loud. They, therefore, sacrifice the benefits they would otherwise enjoy from using their range hoods – and possibly even their safety. In a kitchen, ventilation is incredibly important. You should try to pick a range hood you’ll actually want to use.
It is important that you find a sone rating that works best for your kitchen. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, no worries – Ambient Edge can help! Just give us a call at (928) 433-2979 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our staff.
While sone is important, safety is paramount. Not only should you find a range hood with the ideal sone rating for your kitchen, but it should also be safe for the space you’re putting it in.
Your cooking style will influence the kind of hood you choose, specifically its blower speed. Another name for blower speed is cubic feet per minute, or CFM. The CFM tells you how powerful that range hood is. If you tend to cook more foods that are greasy or that let off strong odors, then you’ll need a higher CFM to clean the air properly.
If you are in the food service industry and looking into range hoods for your business, then you’ll definitely want a range hood with a higher CFM.
More on CFM
Say you are looking at a range hood that runs at five sones. This means that five is the maximum noise level at which that range hood will operate. You must consider the level of noise at which you will feel most comfortable and then buy the appropriate range hood.
Most of the time, the higher the sone, the noisier the range hood. If you don’t like noise but you cook mostly greasy or fried food, or if you cook on your range frequently, then you’ll unfortunately have to deal with the noise to have a range hood that effectively does its job. Lower sone levels are better for folks who only cook food on lower heating settings, or who cook less often.
Something important to remember, though, is that you won’t be running your hood at maximum speed all the time. Even if you do have to bite the bullet and opt for a hood with a higher sone, you’ll only need to run it at its loudest when you need to clear the room of smoke quickly.
Types of Blowers
When it comes to range hoods, there are three types of blowers: remote or inline blowers, local blowers, and external blowers. External and remote blowers are best for reducing the amount of noise your range hood makes. External blowers are exactly that – they install outside and are completely separate from your range hood. As you might expect, these are more expensive.
Inline blowers install inside your chimney. They are located further away from local blowers, which install directly inside the hood itself.
Understanding Sone Levels
So how loud is a range hood that has 5 sones compared to one with 6 sones? Is a 6-sones rating earsplitting? What should you expect from a 4-sone rating?
A 1-sone or 2-sone rating means the range hood is fairly quiet. For instance, one sone is equivalent to a working refrigerator, while 2 sones is the sound of your average office setting.
Conversely, even a rating as high as 8 sones isn’t exactly what one would call “loud.” It equates to the sound of busy traffic on the highway. Though, of course, that may be a much louder sound when it amplifies in your kitchen.
A normal conversation happens at the 4-sone level, so this is a good midpoint to help you understand how loud a 4-sone hood would be in your kitchen. Though again, your range hood helps you cook cleaner and safer, so if it’s a little louder than you would like, it’s not the worst thing in the world.
Can’t Find the Right Range Hood for Your Kitchen? Ambient Edge Can Help!
Not only can the right range hood make your kitchen more comfortable, but it can also improve how safe it is. The right range hood will be able to clear your kitchen of smoke and heat quickly. Unfortunately, this often means you need to select a range hood that can get pretty noisy at maximum power. But a little noise isn’t much to ask for an improved level of safety.
Our experts at Ambient Edge can help you with your kitchen hood, no matter what stage in the process you are in. We can compare the size of your kitchen to your cooking habits to advise you on which range hood is right for your kitchen. If you need someone to install it, we can do that, too! We’re here for you at every step of the process, whenever you need us. Just give us a call today at (928) 433-2979 or send us an S.O.S. on our website, and we’ll be more than happy to help!