Silent kitchen hoods
Features and benefits
Kitchen hoods are modern household appliances that help solve the problem of cleaning the air in the room. When choosing a kitchen hood, many people pay attention, first of all, to design, size, shape, power, color, material, as well as to the most important factor - its noise.
For many, it is also important to have the function of lighting, the presence of sensors that react to humidity, temperature changes, and the presence of a panel or device for remote control. An important role is played by the price of this device.
But when choosing a kitchen hood it is necessary to pay special attention to the quality of the noise, since such a hood will make being in the kitchen pleasant for any housewife.
Such an attribute not only allows you to get rid of unnecessary smells, but also provides an opportunity to listen to your favorite music in the kitchen, watch TV or just talk to each other or on the phone without raising obstacles, without raising your voice. In addition, housewives who have a baby in the house can turn on such a quiet hood without worrying that their sound will wake the sleeping baby, so you can safely cook lunch or dinner while the child is sleeping. In addition, a quiet extractor is an excellent solution for the kitchen, which is combined with the living room. Unnecessary odors will not get into such a living room, and family members or guests will not be inconvenienced by the noise of such a hood.
To choose the right hood, you must have information about their quality characteristics. Knowing them, you can easily choose the kind of hood that is right for you and will be less noisy. According to the criterion of the principle of operation, they emit such extracts that completely remove the drawn out air, throwing it out of the kitchen. Such a model hood is called a diversion. The air vent of this design is sent to the general home ventilation compartment or to the street through the wall of the house.
The second type of exhaust according to the principle of operation is a recirculation hood. This device does not take the air out of the room at all, but on the contrary, sucks it inward, where the air passes two levels of filtration and returns to the kitchen without any odors. This hood is otherwise called filtration.
Kitchen silent hoods also differ in their types of mounting. So, the most classic type of such extracts are the fireplace extracts, which got their name because they were used to remove chimney smoke, and now they are very popular for modern kitchens and are separate kitchen appliances. Fireplace hoods for the kitchen, depending on the mechanism, can be very quiet and, as a rule, they have the shape of a truncated cone. In another way they are called domes, they are quite large in size and therefore, for this type of hoods, a special place and a reliable method of fixing them are required.
Another view is suspended hoods. Compared with previous models of silent hoods, they are more compact, but no less effective. This hood can be embedded in any part of the kitchen or hung under the kitchen cabinet. Such a silent hood has a small size and a more affordable price; it is perfect for even the smallest kitchen and provides good sound insulation. In addition, these quiet hoods are also completely invisible in the kitchen and occupy a minimal amount of space.
Another type of silent kitchen hoods is island hoods, which are table-shaped appliances - islands. This option is best suited for a large, spacious kitchen. In addition to the shape of the table, such hoods can have a wide variety of appearance, they can even be built into the ceiling.
Since this element of the kitchen is rather large and difficult to hide, it is often decorated with various patterns and elements, such hoods have decor up to antique design, so this hood can become an independent and very interesting element of the interior. These hoods are quite expensive, but very powerful, they perfectly purify the air and do not make excessive noise.
Depending on the location of the kitchen hoods allocate front and corner models. Corner hoods are more suitable for kitchens with a small area, they take up very little space and are perfect for rooms in which the stove or cooking surface has an angular location. In addition, the angular placement will help to minimize the noise level and make it quieter. Due to its compactness, the corner silent exhaust will help to expand the efficiency of using the kitchen area, which is very convenient and functional.
When choosing a silent kitchen hood, pay attention also to its size, it should be proportional to the size of the stove. An excessively large kitchen hood will look ridiculous and will resemble a visor above the hob, so it can spoil the design of the kitchen. Many manufacturers produce silent kitchen hoods that fit a specific model and size of stove, so now the choice of such a device is very simple.
What determines the noise
This important characteristic of a kitchen hood depends mainly on its power. That is, the hood is more powerful, the noise level is higher. Noise also affects the performance of the kitchen hood.
Performance is an indicator that determines the volume of air in cubic meters, which this device will pass through itself and the filter for an hour. Capacity of the hood can be calculated using a special formula, so you can easily determine the hood with a performance indicator suitable for your kitchen. Keep in mind that for a kitchen with a small area it is not necessary to purchase an extractor hood with high performance, since a small one will be enough, especially since such an extractor will be more noisy.
You need to make the following calculation: multiply the length, width and height of the room, the resulting volume must be multiplied by twelve. The resulting figure describes the amount of air passing through the hood per hour during cooking in your kitchen.
Bypass version of the kitchen hood can be selected by a similar calculation, only by multiplying the figure by 1.3, which is necessary to account for the length of the air vent and the shaft with ventilation. So you can determine the performance of the hood, which directly affects its noise. During operation of the exhaust noise comes from its motor, therefore, the higher the performance of the hood, the more powerful the motor with which it is equipped, and the more powerful motor, in turn, produces a higher noise level.
Manufacturers seek to create the most silent hood, for this they use very quiet fans, which are almost not perceived by the ears of an ordinary person. The quietest hoods are considered devices equipped with special electric motors that operate almost silently. For soundproofing manufacturers use hull panels, which almost do not miss the sound. Such hoods are most comfortable for human perception.
Another tactical move manufacturers hood for soundproofing their mechanism is the use of gaskets with anti-vibration effect.
Many manufacturers in the creation of this device prefer only the most modern and high-quality materials, which affects the price of such kitchen hoods, and, accordingly, such devices are quieter. Another way to minimize the noise of the hood is to install two fans at once, since their joint work reduces the engine speed and, subsequently, the noise of the whole kitchen hood design as a whole is reduced. Manufacturers are involved in the work on these devices, scientists aerohydrodynamics, which calculate the power and noise exhaust by optimizing air flow. These methods make the use of kitchen cooker hoods more quiet and therefore comfortable.
Myth or reality?
Many manufacturers claim that their hoods are absolutely silent, but this is just an advertising move, because if you get feedback from users of this device, it is fashionable to conclude that there are no completely silent extracts. All types of hoods make any sound, noise, the difference between different hoods is only how strong the noise is. Manufacturers try to minimize the noise level in various ways, but they cannot completely get rid of it.
Now on almost every type of household appliances that make any noise, an indicator characterizing its level is indicated. But each person is susceptible to this indicator in his own way, so one hood will seem very quiet for someone, and quite noisy to another. When in your kitchen or in the living room where the hood is installed, there is absolute silence, that is, all technical devices are turned off, the noise level still takes place. Especially it concerns city dwellers, as a rule, the sound background of a standard city apartment is about thirty decibels. A critical noise level that causes discomfort to every person is a noise level of about one hundred twenty decibels.
Now firms producing kitchen hoods use a lot of tools and technologies to lower the noise level of cooker hoods. The most silent is the extract, the motor of which is placed in a special case, which ensures its sound insulation. Some models of kitchen hoods have a panel with which you can adjust the noise mode of this device. So, you can set up the necessary modality of this device that suits you in a particular situation, and, accordingly, in this way you can reduce the exhaust noise. When you do not need high power kitchen hood, you can reduce it, and thereby reduce the noise level.
In order to choose a hood that produces the minimum noise level, you need to follow a few important tips. You should not buy too powerful hood, especially if the size of your kitchen does not require it, although it will be effective, but too noisy for a small amount of space. The best for a person’s ear is about forty decibels, so try to buy a hood with a noise level that does not exceed this figure. Try to buy a kitchen hood that will have a remote control or control panel with which you can choose its suitable operating mode, adjust the power, and, consequently, the noise level of this home appliance.
Another factor that can affect the sound volume of an exhaust is its level of soiling. Unclean filter elements of this device work several times louder than cleaned ones. It is also necessary to clean the air vents, since their pollution can also cause an increase in the noise level of the kitchen hood. That is why, when purchasing this device, it is necessary to buy special cleaning agents and devices with it. Choosing a kitchen hood, remember that there are no completely silent hoods, each such device makes sounds, so give preference to the device with the most comfortable noise level individually for you.