Not every home has an extractor fan in the kitchen – often it’s assumed that windows will do the same job. Of course, they don’t work as well and are much less likely to be utilised in cold weather.That’s why it’s so important for the quality of your home to have a kitchen extractor fan fitted.
Why do I need one?
Everytime you cook, vapors and gases are released into the kitchen environment. Sometimes it’s an invisible steam with no odour, but quite often it is a damaging smoke. When the steam or smoke has oil in it, it can easily turn to grease when hitting the walls and leave a sticky residue and bad smell. This is a particular problem with greasy, fried, and pungent foods, especially meat and spices.
What does it do?
Kitchen extractor fans are designed to remove the airborne particles that come from cooking, and remove moisture from the air. Without moisture, it is harder for any nasty smells to linger, and you’ll find you need to clean your cabinets much less. It also removes heat from the room, preventing mould and mildew from developing.
Even without cooking oil or pungent foods, excess moisture (from boiling water, for instance) can cause damage if left unchecked. There is also the matter of indoor pollutants, which are particularly high in kitchens, as well as the carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and other hazardous by-products of gas burners.
Ideally you should pick an extractor fan that removes the air to outside and replaces it with fresh air, rather than filtering and repurposing air.
And don’t forget to clean the filter on your fan!