By Farago. Range Hood. Published at Saturday, July 28th, 2018 - 04:02:19 AM.
Cooker Hoods. Hoods are designed to be mounted on the wall above your range cooker or hob, to extract grease and odors from the air while cooking. The grease and odors are then either extracted through an external wall to outside or alternatively filtered through a carbon filter and the clean air recirculated back into the room. Consisting of the main canopy section and vertical chimney section, cooker hoods house a powerful motor that is used to draw the air in. There are various types and styles available as outlined below - generally chimney styled, with the whole unit designed to be visible, through to integrated hoods that can be housed in a kitchen cupboard.
Styles. Cooker hoods vary greatly in style. There are chimney style hoods, with slanted canopy sections, that work well with more traditional cookers as well as contemporary styles. Slab style hoods with rectangular, horizontal canopies tend to sit well in more modern, sleeker kitchens, as do hoods with curved or straight glass canopies. Some manufacturers - Falmec for example - offer patterned tempered glass hoods.
Integrated Hoods. Integrated hoods are ideal if your cooker is built into a chimney breast or under a row of kitchen cupboards. They are designed to fit into enclosed spaces and as a result, are finished on the underside only - the only part that is visible. Integrated hoods can be used to extract or recirculate as per any other hood style.
Island Hoods. Island hoods are designed for kitchens in which the cooker is positioned away from the wall. They are finished on all four sides, as all are visible. Island hoods, in general, tend to be of a more modern style, and are usually stainless in the finish. Some manufacturers, Britannia and Falmec for example, do offer variation in hood color and finish.
Features. All cooker hoods, whether they are chimney style, integrated or island hoods are powered by a motor that sucks in the air from the immediate area and then either expels it into the outside air or passes it through carbon filters and backs out into the room. Therefore, the power of the motor effects the efficiency of the cooker hood and suitability to your room - the larger the room, the greater powered hood you require. The power of a cooker hood is measured in cubic meters per hour - how many cubic meters of air it can extract in one hour.
Controls. Cooker hoods are controlled by either push buttons, sliders or touch screens which are found on either the front edge of the hood or underneath.
Lights. Hoods invariably feature lights - mainly halogen - that illuminate the hob area while cooking.
Rails. Some hoods, usually the traditional chimney style, feature rails across the front edge that can be used to hang cooking utensils off.
Delayed stop. A useful feature if you want to join guests at the dinner table after cooking, the delayed stop will turn the hood off after a set period of time, usually 15 minutes or so.
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