Hoods Buying Guide
Cooking hoods can add a real design feature and focal point to your kitchen. With a wide range of hood styles available you need to ensure it compliments your cooker. They deodorize and dehumidify your kitchen after cooking ensuring your kitchen stays clean, tidy and safe.
The size of your hood will depend on the size of your oven or you amount of ventilation currently in your kitchen; bigger oven or small amount of ventilation will require a large hood.
- Extraction - Extraction hoods require a duct to transfer the air through to a vent in the wall.
- Recirculation - Recirculation hoods use carbon filters to pass the air through before being recirculated back into your kitchen as “new” air.
- Built-in - A built-in hood is best suited when you have a narrow gap of which you are putting your hood in or would like to hide your hood.These are usually suited to smaller hobs
- Chimney Hood - A chimney hood is the most aesthetically pleasing hood, with a long chimney and wide canopy made either of glass or stainless steel. They are often large in size so are best suited to hobs with 4 or more burners
- Island Hoods - Similar to chimney hoods, island hoods are highly aesthetically pleasing due to their size. They are attached directly to the ceiling above the hob and are the most powerful type of hood.
- Freestanding Hoods - Freestanding hoods are the lowest priced hoods on the range but this is due to their size which allows them to be attached directly to a wall above the hob.
Hoods can generally be quite loud, especially when running at a high extraction speed. Their noise levels can range from 40dB to 80db.
To calculate out the extraction rate you will require for your kitchen, you need to calculate the volume of the room in question in cubic metres and then multiply by 12. This is to allow for 12 recommended changes of air per hour.
Under EU legislation, every new cooker hood must have an energy label showing its energy rating. All of our cooker hoods are rated in line with the regulations, ranging from C (low efficiency) to A+++ (high efficiency).
You can work out an appliance's annual running costs by multiplying kWh used by 0.1427 (the average national cost of electricity + VAT), however this figure may vary according to how much you pay for your local electricity supply.
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