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Whether you are looking for a stylishly designed model to make a centre piece in your kitchen or a practical extractor fan, this guide is here to explain the important points about cooker hoods.

Cooker Hoods Buying Guide

For many people a cooker hood is just an afterthought but not having adequate ventilation can lead to permanent damage to your kitchen as grease can stain paint work and can build up in hard to clean places. To make finding a cooker hood easier we have split this guide into the following sections.

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  • Ducted/Vented/Perimeter Extraction - this is the most effective method of extraction as odours are pumped out of the kitchen. However this requires that the hood is connected to an outside wall via ducting.
  • Re-circulation - if an outside wall cannot be reached an extractor can be set up for re-circulating. Air is drawn into the appliance through the filters to neutralise odours and remove grease particles. The cleaned air is then returned into the kitchen. A carbon filter or re-circulating kit is necessary for re-circulation.
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Extraction rate

The rate of extraction you require depends of the size of the room the cooker hood is in. The bigger the room the more air will be in the room, thus you need a higher rate of extraction. Your hood should be able to renew 10 to 12 times the volume of air in your kitchen (eg: for a kitchen of 15m2 and 2.5m ceiling height, the recommended extraction rate is +/- 450m3/h).

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