An extractor hood is a necessary addition to any kitchen. Whether you’re looking to impress with a state-of-the art model or a hood which is more practical than anything else, they’re essential to the smooth running of any kitchen. In this article, we’ll be outlining exactly what an extractor hood is and why you need one.
Kitchen with extractor hood
An extractor hood is a device which contains a mechanical fan that is fitted directly above the stove or hob located in the kitchen. Its sole job is to remove smoke, heat, steam, grease, fumes and combustion products from the air. There are two different configurations of extractor hoods:
Ducted/vented application – the output collar of the blower motor is fitted to a duct system, which subsequently terminates outside the building.
Ductless/recirculating application – uses a filter, often containing activated charcoal, to remove odour and smoke particles from the air, before releasing clean air back into the room.
An extractor hood will almost always have lighting already built-in, allowing the user to illuminate the stove or hob. Typically, extractor hoods are electronic, offering motorised height adjustment, overheat protection, thermal sensors, a filter cleaning reminder, noise cancellation and a temperature display.
Extractor hoods can also be made from many different materials, including: Stainless steel, Copper, Bronze, Nickel, silver, Zinc, Tempered glass, Aluminium, Brass, Heat-resistant plastic