MyAppliance’s Guide to Cooker Hoods

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Introduction
Available in a wide range of sizes and finishes cooker hoods not only look good but also help to keep your kitchen cooler as well as neutralising or removing odours and minimising airborne grease and smoke.
 
Cooker hoods are designed to go above a hob or cooker and can be either used in recirculation or ventilation mode. If a cooker hood is vented it extracts air to the outside. If a cooker hood is used in recirculation it circulates fresh air back into your kitchen.
 
Ducted hoods need to be mounted on an external and require a professional installation unless ducting is already in place, remember to check the size of the outlet on the cooker hood.
 
Recirculating hoods can usually be fitted yourself and can be situated on internal walls.

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Width
Hoods come in a wide variety of sizes to suit all kitchen settings. It is ideal to get a hood that is the same size as your hob / cooker to ensure it will work efficiently but you can fit any size as long as you have the space.
 
Smaller hoods have lower extraction rates making them perfect for compact kitchens whereas large kitchens require bigger hoods with a more powerful motor to extract larger volumes of air.

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Noise Level
Dependant on the size of your kitchen certain cooker hoods sound louder than others. All operating volumes are listed in decibels (dB) and are usually listed in the product details. The lower the decibel rating, the quieter the hood. 

Extraction Rate
The extraction rate determines how quickly the air in your kitchen is extracted. Typically it is recommended to be able to extract 12 times the volume of your kitchen per hour. Usually the higher the extraction rate the nosier the appliance – a higher extraction rate doesn’t always mean it is the best option for your kitchen.

Types of Cooker Hood
Visor
basic and the most affordable models on the market, ideal for compact kitchens.

Telescopic
as visor hoods, basic and affordable but telescopic cooker hoods feature an extending section.

Canopy
concealed within a housing a canopy hood is discreet and functional but suits it purpose perfectly.


Integrated

designed to be hidden behind a cupboard door an integrated cooker hood will seamlessly blend into your kitchen.

Chimney

the most common type of hood, a chimney hood is mounted to the wall and extends down from the celling. Chimney hoods are available in a wide range of eye-catching designs. 

Island


perfect for kitchens with island cookers, these are large and stylish and really make a bold statement in a kitchen. 

Filters
Grease filters – grease filters sit inside the cooker hood and are used to trap smoke and residual grease created by cooking. It is recommended that you wash grease filters at least once a month dependent on the usage. Most grease filters can be cleaned in a dishwasher.
 
Carbon filters – carbon filters act to neutralise odours and reirculate fresh air back into the kitchen. It is recommended that you change carbon filters every 6 to 12 months depending on the usage. Carbon filters are only required when you are not venting to the outside.

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Lighting
Halogen – Usually a twisted lock GU10 bulb, halogens are the most common type of lighting, halogen lights are used in most cooker hoods.
 
LED – Usually a twisted lock GU10 bulb and highly energy efficient, you usually find LED bulbs in the more expensive margin of cooker hoods.
 
Screw in Bulbs – Usually European standard (E14) screw in bulbs are mainly found in cooker hoods that have light panels.

Installation
Each hood will have a different installation dependant on the type, the main thing to consider is the distance between the hood and the cooker.

The standard height above a gas appliance is 750mm and above an electric appliance is 650mm. The only exception is with angled glass hoods, the distance between the cooker and the hood should be measured from the extraction surface area rather than the bottom of the hood when installing an angled glass cooker hood.
 
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