Helpful hints on choosing kitchen hoods
It is hardly possible to imagine the modern kitchen without such a vital device as cooker hood. It cleans the air from smells that are generated during cooking, as well as “lengthens the life” of your repair. With such an indispensable assistant in your kitchen, your interior will always be protected from steam, scum and grease, and you will not be afraid of consequences of your culinary experiments.
But if the need for cooker hood is obvious, then it`s not so simple to choice it. An average person is often lost in a variety of models, not always understanding what criteria must be guided when buying this device. Read more about how to choose the cooker hood.
PRODUCTIVITY WITHOUT ERROR
The main criterion for assessing the quality of work of cooker hood is its performance. The output of cooker hood is the amount of air it can clean per unit time. In order to calculate the productivity, desired for your kitchen, the volume of kitchen (area multiplied by height) must be multiplied by the number of air exchanges (according to sanitary and hygienic norms they must be 10-12 per hour). For example, kitchen with area of 10 m² and wall with height of 2.7 meters will have volume of 27 m3.
27 m³ x 10 (12) times per hour = 270 (324) m³/h.
Therefore, the output of cooker hood for this room must be at least 270 m³/h. Please note that for the effective operation of cooker hood it is necessary to provide an inflow of air in the kitchen (open the window).
It is necessary to remember about additional factors that must be considered when calculating the performance of cooker hood. For example, floor, where the apartment is located, state of the ventilation system, frequency of cooking and number of smokers in the family. Considering these factors, you may have to choose the cooker hood with half the performance, relative to calculations given above.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE FOR RECIRCULATION?
Before choosing the cooker hood, it is necessary to determine in which mode it will work – flow or recirculation. In the first case, the polluted air passes through the filtration through a grease removal filter (supplied in a set) and is released externally through the ventilation system, in the second case – it is further purified by means of coal filters and returns to the kitchen. Carbon filters are to be purchased separately and replaced every 3-5 months.
Most cooker hood models can work in both modes, but if you have the ability to connect the cooker hood to the ventilation system, we recommend you to choose the flow mode. If you do not have such a possibility and you plan to use the cooker hood in the recirculation mode, then you must buy cooker hood with the productivity of 10-15% more than the recommended.
SIZE IS SIGNIFICANT
From the size (width) of cooker hood depends on whether it will “take away” and filter all polluted air. Here the rule “it is better more than less” will act. So, the best option – the size of hood is slightly larger than the size of cooking surface, the permissible option – the size of hood is equal to the size of cooking surface, the inadmissible option – the size of the hood is smaller than the size of cooking surface.
STEEL – THIS IS RELIABLE
When choosing a cooker hood, evaluate also the material of body, because it is the basis of product. Usually the cooker hood body is made of stainless or painted steel.
Stainless steel has resistance to the negative influence of external environment, it is easily washed by any non-abrasive detergent and virtually no scratches appear on its surface.
Cooker hoods of painted steel are covered with a special powder paint, which protects the cooker hood from damage, and also has electrical insulation and corrosion properties.
In addition to main materials, the body of cooker hoods can be decorated with wooden, glass or other decorative details, which serve as an element of design of a particular model.
SILENCE IN KITCHEN – COMFORT IN HOUSE
Very important factor, when choosing the cooker hood, is its “voice”, because even “quiet” cooker hoods, with a prolonged process of cooking, begin to annoy. When choosing a cooker hood, it is necessary to pay attention to the lower noise level, which corresponds to the first speed, because in this mode the cooker hood works more often.
To get an idea of the noise level of cooker hood, compare the declared parameters with the noises of sounds well known to you.
The noise level of cooker hood depends on the quality of installation, so you shall not install it independently. By the way, if the air output is provided through the ventilation system, then it is better to use plastic air ducts during installation, which, unlike corrugated aluminum foil tubes, does not have the ability to create additional noise.
LET THE LIGHT BE!
Since the cooker hood is placed directly above the cooking surface, it is important that it is equipped with a good lighting. Most models use one or two lighting lamps (rarely three or more) that can be of different types.
Traditional incandescent lamps. Cheap, have a soft warm light. Disadvantages of these lamps include high power consumption and shorter durability.
Halogen lamps. They give white neutral light and have relatively low energy consumption, they are also durable, but more expensive than incandescent lamps.
LED lamps. They are environmentally friendly, practical and unique in terms of durability. They are expensive, but they are considered the most reliable.
When choosing the cooker hood, pay attention to the way of operating one or another model. Operation can be:
- sensor (control is carried out by touching the sensor panel and using the remote control, often light and sound indication is present)
- mechanical (control is carried out with the help of mechanical buttons and switches)
- electric (control is carried out by pressing the electromechanical buttons and displaying data on the display)
Having get acquainted with the main technical characteristics, let`s move to the most enjoyable part – the choice of shape and design of the cooker hood. The first thing to determine – location of the cooking surface. If the cooker is in the corner, then you need an angle model, along the wall – a wall, in the center of room – island.
Concerning design – it`s already a matter of taste. Someone likes unnoticeable built-in models, someone –modern, glittering with glass and metal, other – cooker hoods “a-la Provence” with slightly naive retro shapes and sophisticated wooden decoration. A wide range of cooker hoods can be viewed on our site in the “Catalogue” tab.