Cooker hoods make a big difference to any kitchen, both practically as well as aesthetically. Designed to remove odours and grease during cooking, these appliances can also make a bold design statement and talking point.
Hoods are available in a wide range of styles, from integrated models that are hidden behind cabinetry to extractors that are created specifically for use above an island. Cooker hoods also vary in price, efficiency and functionality, with some only suitable for recirculation instead of extraction while others are capable of running at a whisper-quiet 27dB.
Hoods come in a plethora of colours from sleek stainless steel and stylish white, perfect for blending in with your existing kitchen colour scheme, to eye-popping yellows, reds and greens. With luxury brands such as Elica and Best, extractors use smart glass along with unusual shapes to grab attention and become a focal point.
Cooker hoods make a big difference to any kitchen, both aesthetically and practically. They ventilate a kitchen and remove grease, odours and moisture, making a kitchen a practical, enjoyable space to prepare food and relax.
Without a cooker hood, grease, odours and moisture can dampen walls and furniture which could ultimately lead to mould. In order to make a kitchen a health and safety conscious area, cookers hoods are a necessity.
There is a large variety of cooker hoods which have their own styles and characteristics. Customers can choose between a chimney cooker hood, island cooker hood, visor cooker hood, fully integrated cooker hood and a canopy cooker hood. The varieties of cooker hoods are mounted onto walls and ceilings in different ways and are therefore better suited to particular households.
The cooker hoods mentioned above will employ one of two ventilation methods. These two ventilation methods are ducted ventilation and re-circulation ventilation.
Ducted cooker hoods draw in smoke and odours and pass them through grease filters before transferring them outside of a household via ducting. Re-circulation hoods, as the name suggests, re-circulate odours, steam and smoke through grease and charcoal filters, purify the excess odours and then returns the filtered air back into the kitchen via an opening in the hood.
Installing a cooker hood will not only actively ventilate your kitchen but will also make a bold design statement. Cooker hoods are made from stainless steel and sometimes a mix of glass.
Some cooking hoods are deliberately designed to be full of visual flair and focus whilst others possess sleek, balanced lines to visually enhance a kitchen’s sense of space. Varieties are constructed to complement various kitchen designs.
A cooker hood must be efficient enough to change the air in your kitchen between 6-10 times an hour. The power of a cooker hood is measured in meters cubed per hour and a calculation can be made to determine the necessary air flow for a kitchen.
To calculate how much air flow is needed for your kitchen, simply take the volume of your kitchen and multiply it by ten. To calculate the volume of your kitchen, times its height by its width by its depth. Calculate these measurements in meters.
The result will be the minimum extraction rate your kitchen will require. It is multiplied by ten because ideally, a cooker hood should change the air in a kitchen ten times an hour.
Appliance World stocks a huge range of cooker hoods that vary in price, style, functionality and energy efficiency. For free impartial, expert advice please call our customer service line on 0844 493 2525