In Saudi Arabia, kitchen hoods are becoming an increasing common appliance in households across the country.
This fan-based device is installed over the stove and used to expel steam, smoke, heat and other cooking odours from your kitchen. This keeps the kitchen temperature at a more comfortable level and ensures the house smells fresh and clean regardless of the feast you’re cooking up for your family on the stove. It can also improve kitchen lighting and increase the property value of your home. (View the range of Mabe’s cooking hoods online.)
Before you rush to install one for your kitchen, here are some key questions to ask before buying a kitchen hood online:
1) Is your kitchen close to the exterior of your house?
Your kitchen’s position in the house will determine whether you can use a vented or non-vented kitchen hood.
A vented kitchen hood relies on ducts to expel air out of the house. The further the kitchen is away from an external wall, the more messy and expensive the installation of the kitchen hood and associated ducting will be.
If your kitchen happens to be located away from the exterior of the house, it’s perhaps best that you install a non-vented system instead. A non-vented system is duct-free. Instead, it filters, cleans and returns air to the kitchen rather than expelling it outside. It’s important to know that they tend to require more cleaning and maintenance and aren’t as efficient as ducted systems.
2) How much space does your kitchen have?
Cooker hoods tend to be large in size so you have to make sure that your kitchen layout allows for the installation of a particular model before you buy it.
Kitchen hoods don’t necessarily have to be mounted on a wall; they can be incorporated into cabinets, made part of an overhead canopy or suspended from the ceiling. Your choice of design will be guided by how well it would fit in your kitchen.
It’s generally suggested that a kitchen hood should be mounted between 24-30 inches above the stove. However, it’s best to check the recommendations of the manufacturer of your chosen kitchen hood online before buying it.
3) How large is your kitchen?
To put it simply, the larger your kitchen, the more powerful fan you will need in your cooker hood. A small fan in a large kitchen will not be able to properly ventilate it and some strong cooking odours are likely to linger.
Experts say that you must calculate the ‘volume’ of your kitchen to determine your kitchen hood requirements. To determine the volume, use the following formula: kitchen ceiling height x kitchen width x kitchen length = kitchen volume.
In other words, multiply the kitchen ceiling height by the length and width of the room. This will give you the volume of your kitchen.
It’s recommended that your chosen kitchen hood has the capacity to replace or clean the air in your kitchen at least eight times per hour. A kitchen hood manufacturer should be able to guide you in choosing a model with sufficient capabilities.
4) What is your tolerance for noise?
If your family is distracted by the usual sounds of pots clanging and pans splattering that tend to emanate from a kitchen, then perhaps a high-powered kitchen hood is not right for your home.
Many powerful kitchen hoods tend to produce a significant amount of sound pollution, which means it’s best for you to look for models designed to minimize noise.
A common suggestion is choosing a model that pulls air towards the edges of the hood instead of drawing it over a large arc. Not only does this make the hood more efficient, it also helps reduce the noise level.
If possible, do a sound check at the store before you pay the bill for your new kitchen hood.
5) What is your kitchen’s design aesthetic?
A cooker hood will take a fair amount of room in your kitchen and is likely to significantly impact its overall look and ambience. This is why you should try to choose one that is consistent with the colour scheme and materials used in your kitchen.
Kitchen hoods are available with different finishes in the market, ranging from a brushed matte look to more shiny appearance. Their exteriors are also made from different materials such as stainless steel or brass.
Some people like to choose a kitchen hood that contrasts with the rest of the kitchen and serves as a dramatic statement piece.
Your choice of design ultimately depends on your look you wish to achieve for your kitchen.