Every housewife needs a good and functional kitchen. To protect the apartment from unpleasant odor and smoke will help hood, without which it is impossible to imagine any modern kitchen. The variety of their choice in the stores often makes it difficult to face the difficulties of their choice. Now you can find hoods of various types, functions and price range.
When you cook, you may notice that then the whole apartment smells like what you cooked. And if the food is burnt, then the smell of burning does not leave the room for a long time. Fume hoods are designed specifically to keep your apartment clean, and no odors are present in it. The hood is installed directly above the stove or hob. If necessary, you turn on the hood, and it absorbs all the unpleasant odors and smoke.
The hood also serves as additional ventilation in your kitchen, where windows constantly sweat and the humidity is always elevated. A large number of manufacturers, both Russian and foreign, allow you to choose the hood, which will fit any kind of kitchen and headsets of any size. Many modern hoods are equipped with a timer, which will force the hood to turn off after a certain period of time.
The hood often serves as an additional place to store spices, cereals and small kitchen utensils.
With different types of hoods
Regardless of the model exhaust, they are divided into recirculation and flow. The first type sucks in pollution and an unpleasant smell, passes them through a special filter and releases it back already in purified form. The second type of exhaust is connected with a hole in the ventilation and when it is sucked in, it releases it into the general house passage, which is regularly cleaned by employees of the management company.
If you prefer built-in kitchen appliances and furniture, then the hood should choose the built-in. Thus, the overall style of your kitchen will not be broken, it will be stylish and modern. Built-in hoods are installed in a special hood with a hole at the bottom, which perfectly masks and makes the hood almost invisible.
Built-in hoods are extremely compact and save space in a small kitchen. They are simply enough to integrate into one of the cabinets of kitchen units. Often, the panel of such an extract is equipped with a backlight, which makes the preparation of your favorite dishes even more comfortable and eliminates the need to turn on the central lighting. This is a definite energy saving, so spot lighting does not require large energy costs.
Dome hoods have the second name - fireplace. They look like an umbrella dome in their appearance. Hoods are attached to the wall, can be both recirculation and flow. Flow hoods are in great demand, because after installing it you will not need to change the filters, all the dirt goes into the ventilation. Dome hoods are considered the most effective when cleaning the air from various impurities.
Most often, dome hoods are installed in a hood, which perfectly complements the hood, and makes the kitchen harmonious and beautiful. Most often, the fume cupboard comes as a component of the kitchen unit. If in the future you plan to install the hood, then plan a kitchen design with a hood above the hob.
Retractable hoods are considered extremely comfortable and significantly save space above the stove. Retractable hood is mounted inside the hood and has a rather interesting design. If necessary, you can extend part of the hood, which allows you to clean the air over the entire surface of the stove.
If there is no need to use the entire area of the hood, then you can turn it on without pushing forward. The front part of the hood is masked in the color of the kitchen set, which makes it completely invisible and allows you not to disturb the color design of the kitchen. In this case, the hood must be installed together with the kitchen unit, which, in turn, is made taking into account the characteristics of the hood.
Types of fans
The exhaust power depends on the type of fan. Naturally, the more powerful the fan, the greater the volume of air in a shorter period of time it can clean. Most often, the exhaust fan has from two to four speeds. When cooking food in the normal mode, there is no need to turn on the hood to the full capacity, because the faster the fan runs, the more noise it makes.
The number of fans in each hood can be from one to two.
Types of filtration systems
If you choose a hood with a recirculating cleaning system, then you need to pay attention to which filters are suitable for it. There are two main types of filters: oil trapping and coal. In the first case, the filters perfectly cope with various secretions of fat, protecting your furniture from greasy stains.
Hoods with a carbon filter are well clean the air from harmful impurities and dust. Universal filters also exist, but are less effective than filters of a particular type.
How to manage
The control system hoods may also vary for each model. The most modern are the hoods with touch controls. Controls are almost invisible and appear only after the hood is turned on. It is enough just to touch the control panel to turn on one or another mode.
Slider control type is already quite obsolete, but still present on some models of hoods. To control the hood, you must move the slider.
Push-button control type - the easiest and most intuitive. Each button corresponds to a specific mode of operation of the hood.
How to choose
The choice of hood should occur in parallel with the choice of kitchen set. First you need to decide on the type of hood and its size. The ideal hood size is one that is equal to the size of the cooking surface.
When choosing a hood should not be tempted by cheap models with an incomprehensible filtration system. Carefully read the characteristics of the selected hood, so you do not regret.
How to install
You can install the hood yourself without the help of professionals. If your choice fell on the built-in hood, then it needs a separate cabinet, which will serve as a pocket for it. Embed the hood into the cabinet using a hand tool, preferably electric, which makes a lot of noise, but allows you to cope with the installation much faster. The most important thing is not to be mistaken with the dimensions of the future hood, so that the built-in hood fits tightly against its walls.