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How to Cool Down Your Kitchen (8 Tips to Beat the Heat)

A hot kitchen is not only uncomfortable but also a safety hazard. Follow these eight easy steps to cool down your kitchen efficiently and quickly!

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If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. You’ve heard this story a lot. But how can we make the kitchen cooler? And can a powerful range hood make your kitchen cooler and less hot?

This article will explain how a range hood works and can help keep your kitchen cooler. It will also give tips for keeping your kitchen cool all year long.

Image of burners on a kitchen range.
Image of burners on a kitchen range.

How to keep a kitchen cool while cooking

If you are using a range hood while cooking, and your kitchen is still too hot, here are six other ways you can keep your kitchen cool

1. Cook in the morning or evening

Generally, the mornings and late evenings are much cooler, so consider Cooking your food early or late in the day to avoid overheating your kitchen. But you want a warm dinner, right? Well, no worries. Just keep the food in the fridge and prepare meals in the microwave.

2. Open doors and windows

Opening doors and windows is a simple method of keeping your home cool. This method works best when the weather is colder outside. However, it’s still okay to do this on a nice day. Even if it’s not too cool outside, the breeze will cool things down. I also like to open up the doors if it’s extra hot.

3. Turn on the air conditioner

This one should be obvious. However, there is a drawback. Keeping your AC on all the time is expensive. Also, using your AC always is not the most environmentally friendly option, so there’s something to keep in mind. If you’re going his route, set the air conditioner to a safe temperature, so it doesn’t get overworked.

4. You should draw your window curtains

To avoid your kitchen getting excessively hot, close your curtains to keep sunlight from coming in. The sun heats the windows, which heats your home. This is an easy way to control the temperature. If you do not already have a blind, consider purchasing one. You should also purchase curtains while you are at it.

You should also purchase curtains while you’re at it. Remember that white curtains reflect light, which helps keep the space cooler than black curtains, which absorb light. On the other hand, white curtains may let light into your kitchen. 

5. Try using the oven less

If possible, try making your meals in the microwave instead of the oven. Your kitchen may heat up dramatically in only a few minutes if you use your oven! If you’re looking to lower heat, your microwave will perform better.

6. Use an electric stove

If you can, put your money into an electric range instead of a gas range. It will produce much less heat than a traditional gas stove. Electric stoves are not for everyone, as it is hard to use them for heavy cooking. Still, they will help to keep your kitchen much cooler.

Still, they will help to keep your kitchen much cooler.

7. Try using a slow cooker

A slow cooker is a good option since the food inside it heats up gradually, so it is not nearly as hot as food in an oven. Plus, it’s a breeze to cook meals with. Have your supper ready when you get home after a day at work!

8. Try cooking outside

To cool your kitchen and home, use the grill outside! It’s refreshing to cook outdoors, and you can make it a social occasion. You can even invite your friends and family to a backyard cookout.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called 12 Ways to Escape the Heat If You Don’t Have an Air Conditioner from the BRIGHT SIDE YouTube Channel.

A video called 12 Ways to Escape the Heat If You Don’t Have an Air Conditioner from the BRIGHT SIDE YouTube Channel.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about kitchen temperature.

Can an exhaust reduce heat in the kitchen?

Yes, a kitchen exhaust fan may help you feel more comfortable by eliminating the hot air from your cooking space. If it’s hotter outdoors than it is in your kitchen, the fan won’t help. Unlike an air conditioner, they don’t provide cool air into your house. If you want to keep your kitchen cool while you cook, do it early in the day or put on the air conditioner.

Can a range hood cool down your kitchen?

Yes! Your kitchen will stay cooler if you install an exhaust fan or range hood to remove the heat generated by cooking. An exhaust fan will help clear your home’s cooking aromas, oil, and smoke. 

Can a ductless range hood cool down my kitchen?

No. Ductless hoods can not cool down your kitchen. Ducted vent hoods are the only type of hood that can help with the heat in your kitchen. With ductless exhaust fans, the air in your kitchen is recycled, so the exhaust from cooking is never expelled outside.

Can I leave my range hood on after cooking?

It’s safe to leave the hood on for 15–30 minutes after cooking. Remember that residential fans are not meant to stay for several hours at a time. Your exhaust fan will need replacement if you use it for several hours or run it all day and night.

To extend your hood’s lifespan, run your exhaust fan at low speeds as often as possible. This will ensure it stays in good working order for years. Looking for even more tips to keep your kitchen cool? Check out his video from Bright sides that go over a few ways to keep your kitchen cool without an AC.

When should I use an exhaust fan in the kitchen?

It is only necessary to use the exhaust fan during cooking. You may leave it running for 10 to 15 minutes to eliminate any lingering smoke when you’re done. Don’t keep it going for too long, however. If you don’t slow down, you’ll put a load on the engine.

How hot can a kitchen get

Very hot. If it is over 82 degrees in the kitchen, you need to consider a ventilation system as soon as possible

Conclusion

Now that you know that a range hood can help keep your kitchen cooler, you can stay cool all day long.

This article discussed how a range hood works, the best range hoods to cool down your kitchen, and some tips to help keep your kitchen cool all year round. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • A range hood can keep your kitchen cooker.
  • A ductless or recirculating hood will not cool down your kitchen. Only a ducted hood will.
  • The air outside should be cooler than inside for the kitchen to cool down properly.
  • Don’t leave your hood fan on for more than two hours at a time.
  • Another way to keep your kitchen cooler is to cook meals with lower-heat appliances.

So, do you have a cold kitchen when you cook? Or a hot, scorching one? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Author avatar - Roger Harris
Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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