What Is a Range Hood Blower (Answered)

If you are in the market for a new range hood, you probably heard the term blower thrown around a few times. But, what is a range hood blower?

A blower is the motor of a range hood. It’s the part of the hood that is responsible for moving air through your hood and out of your home or recirculating it. Some lower are inside the hood, while others may be found outside of the hood or even outside of the home.

But there is a lot more to discuss. So, in this article, you will learn:

  • What a blower is
  • What the different types of blowers are
  • Which one is best for your home

So you can make a confident decision when choosing a range hood.

Editor’s note: This article was updated on April 2, 2022, to include additional information regarding range hood blowers.

What is a range hood?

Before discussing range hood blowers, let’s first understand what a range hood is.

Range hoods are appliances placed above the range or cooktop to clean and circulate air. A range hood uses a blower motor to pull air from the region and cycle in fresher air. Consequently, you may provide a cleaner, safer, and more comfortable environment in your kitchen by removing extra heat, steam, smoke, grease, cooking smells, and fumes. In addition, a range hood may be used for cooling down the kitchen and filtering smoke or steam.

What is a range hood blower

Man looking inside of a range hood exposing the blower. Source - Adobe Stock
Man looking inside of a range hood exposing the blower. Source – Adobe Stock

A ranger blower is essentially the heart of your range hood. It’s the motor that provides the suction required to exhaust the dirty air out of your kitchen.

There are a few different types of blowers and their powers differ greatly. Choosing a range hood with the right motor configuration and power is essential when considering a range hood.

What are the different types of range hood blowers?

There are three different types of blowers range hoods used to exhaust air:

  • Local blowers
  • Inline blowers
  • External blowers 

What is a local blower?

A local blower, sometimes referred to as an internal blower, is a blower that is located directly inside your range hood. Because this blower is located closer to your filters and your cooking area, it will be able to remove more undesired particles from the air in your kitchen. Due to it being located inside the range hood, it may be a little noisier than a remote or external blower.

What is an Inline blower?

An inline blower sometimes referred to as an inline fan, is a type of remote blower that is not located in the range hood itself, but rather in your ductwork, between the range hood and the end of your ducting.

Hoods with inline blower motors are an excellent choice if you expect to have guests in your kitchen on a regular basis, or if you enjoy socializing with friends and family and are looking for a kitchen fan that is very quiet. They provide less suction power but are much quieter. Even when operating at reduced power, these blowers can still exhaust up to 1300 CFM of air from your kitchen, which is more than enough for all types of cooking styles.

What is an external blower?

External blowers refer to a blower that’s located outside of the home. Blowers like these are most typically found on the roof. They are generally more expensive to install than local or inline blowers, but your kitchen will be far quieter. You might not hear the hood at all while it’s on.

If you want even more tips, check out this video called Remote Blower Vs. Local Blower – Different Blower Types from the Proline Range Hoods YouTube Channel.

Remote Blowers vs. Local Blower by Proline Range Hoods.

How powerful does my blower need to be?

This will largely be determined by your cooking methods and preferences. The cubic feet per minute, or CFM, is used to determine Blower Power. You’ll need a high-CFM blower if you cook frequently and prepare greasy, fried, or Asian cuisine. However, you’ll need less CFM if you do not cook as often or on low to medium heat settings a lot. You’ll get a much quieter range hood, allowing you to socialize while cooking and company with your friends.

Some hoods include single blowers, but two blowers are included in others. For larger cookers, hoods with dual blowers offer extra strength.

Either way, a range hood blower should be powerful enough to remove the cooking odors and particles from your kitchen. The more powerful blower, the better your system will work. However, it’s important to note that blowers should not be so powerful that they create a noise level in your home that is too loud.

If you want to learn how to calculate the CFM you need for your kitchen, check out our guide on how to determine how much CFM you need.

How do I decide which blower is best for me?

You will seldom be able to choose which blower comes with your new range hood. However, the maximum amount of CFM, on the other hand, is under your control. So the way to choose a powerful blower is by choosing a hood with a lot of CFM.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Still, have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about range hood blowers.

Does a range hood need a blower?

Image of ventilation fan on galvanized steel ductwork.

Yes. Range hoods can not function without a working blower.

Do range hoods come with blowers?

Image of the view from inside of a galvanized steel air duct on the exhaust fan.

In most cases, your range hood will come with a blower unless you purchase one specifically to use with an external blower.

Do range hoods need to vent outside?

Inside A Clean Ventilation Ductwork What is Backdrafting

No, range hoods do not need to vent outside. Range hoods are designed to capture and expel cooking odors and gases. The exhaust fan is used to move these fumes outside of the home. In most cases, the fan will draw air through and then direct it out the range hood; however, if the range hood is ductless, venting to the outdoors may not be necessary either.


A range hood blower is an essential piece of kitchen equipment that helps keep your range hood running smoothly. They are necessary for maintaining a clean kitchen by removing excess smoke or odors. While there are three main types of blowers, choosing the right one for your specific needs is essential. Ensure to consult with a professional before purchasing to avoid any disappointment.

This article introduced you to the different types of range hood blowers and explained their importance. We also urged you not to buy a blower that is too powerful, as it will create a loud noise level in your home. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • Range hood blowers are essential for range hoods to function properly.
  • Blowers should not be so powerful that they create a noise level in your home that is too loud.
  • There are three main types of blowers: local, inline, and external blowers.

So, what type of range hood blower do you have? And did we cover everything you wanted to know? Let us know in the comments section below (we read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out our full blog for more tips and tricks for your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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