Last Updated Dec 7, 2012 · Written by Craig Gibson
Extractor fans for the kitchen are specifically designed to meet certain purposes. Extractor fans are also commonly called range hoods, if they are fitted directly above the stove. They are a form of ventilation and are vital in the kitchen. Extractor fans or range hoods perform the following functions:
It is disturbing to note that some indoor pollutants measure at concentrations 50 times higher indoors than outdoors. Extractor fans help to remove this and make the home a cleaner, safer place to live in.
Always ensure that the extractor fan or range hood vents to the outside of the home. It should never be allowed to vent into a wall or ceiling space as the moisture and grease in the air may cause serious structural damage over time.
Some of the different types of extractor fans include:
To clean the extractor fan is not as difficult as you may think. Many will allow you to completely dismantle the main parts which can then be cleaned using the dishwasher. Ensure that you wipe the exterior and interior of the extractor fan or range hood regularly. The filter cover should be removed and washed in hot, soapy water. Fan blades can be cleaned with an ammonia solution. Clean the metal mesh filters whenever they are dirty.
If you have a recirculating range hood that uses filters, the filter will need to be replaced every three to six months, depending on what type of cooking you do and how often you use the kitchen. Never wash charcoal filters as this will reduce their effectiveness.
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