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Before You Buy A Cooker Hood, Here’s What You Should Know

Before You Buy A Cooker Hood, Here’s What You Should Know

You must first determine the right extraction rate for your cooker hood. The first step is to determine the cubic meter volume of your kitchen by multiplying the room's height, breadth, and length. Multiply the cubic volume by 8, 10, or 12 depending on the number of air changes per hour you want to achieve. 

The higher the number, the more air changes per hour are accomplished and the more efficient cooker hoods are. It is critical to have a powerful enough extraction rate in any kitchen, but it is even more critical if your kitchen is open plan.

Glen Cooker Hood 6071 BLK 60CM 1000M3 BF LTW

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At best, if you don't use a strong enough cooker hood, the smell of cooking will permeate your home. In the worst case, you will have wet walls or even mildew from the steam that is emitted incorrectly.

There are various models of hoods to choose from. The duct model is the most efficient as it extracts steam and cooking odors through a charcoal filter, expels them, and then directs fresh air back into the kitchen. 

However, if you choose this type of cooker hood, you will need an outer wall for ventilation. So if you live in an apartment or don't have access to external walls, you'll need to recirculate the air instead. Remember that your filter will need to be replaced or washed once a year. Replace the grease filter if it is made of paper. You can wash it if it's made of metal.

You'll need to use a recirculating cooker hood if you can't use a ducted model, such as in a flat or if the stove hood is on an inner wall. The odors are drawn through a grease filter, then a charcoal filter, before the air is returned to the kitchen. 

These cooker hoods are not as effective as ducted ones because the odors and steam are not truly removed to the outside.