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Every time you cook something in your kitchen, vapour and gases are released into the room as either smoke or steam. Some of these often contain oil and grease which then sticks to the cupboards and furniture, resulting in unclean surfaces and bad smells. By fitting the right kitchen extractor fan, you can drastically improve air circulation and prevent unnecessary cleaning. Here are some tips on choosing the right extractor fan.


What Size Kitchen Extractor Fan do I need?


There are lots of different sizes and types of kitchen extractor fans available. You will need to take some time choosing the best extractor fan for your needs so you are sure it will work efficiently in the room you want to use it in. The size of fan you will need depends on the size and type of the room, plus your personal preferences. If you install an exterior fan which is too small it won’t work properly, but fit one that’s too big and it will allow too much hot air out of the room, so finding the correct balance is important.

To work out the size you will need measure the height, width and length of the room, and then multiply width by height by length to calculate the total volume of the room. This is the number you need to help you start deciding which fan will be best for you.


Working out the Airflow


To work out the airflow of the kitchen extractor fan required, take the volume and multiply it by 10. This is so all the air in the room is replaced 10 times per hour. This means if your kitchen has a volume of 30m then the air flow needed for the room will be 300 m/h. Using these calculations you can ensure you install the best and most efficient extractor fan possible.


Ventilation Options


There are two main different types of fan available, Vented or non-Vented. Anyone replacing an existing kitchen extractor fan will probably be unable to make this choice, as the system already in place is unlikely to be changeable. A vented exhaust fan pulls the air outside your home and requires ducting to connect between the range hood and the outside. If your existing fan is already connected to duct work, then fitting a vented kitchen extractor fan will be easy. If you dont have any ducting, then installing a fan of this type is not impossible but will require a lot more work to be done.

A non-vented hood is easier to install and works by passing the air over a filter and then re-circulating it back into the room. The filters on these types of systems can vary, the cheaper ones are only able to remove heat and bad smells, but more powerful ones can capture oils and other moisture released from your cooking.

At Ship It we have a great range of kitchen appliances including ovens, fridges and washing machines, as well as cooker hoods, hobs and much more. To get in contact call 01623 752 919 or email sales@shipitbathrooms.co.uk

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