How To Get The Most Out Of Your Cooker Hood

Curries, fish, burnt toast, all these foods leave lingering smells in your kitchen as well as producing lots of grease that can cling to work surfaces. These smells and grease make for an unpleasant kitchen. The best way to remove cooking smells and grease is to optimise how you use your cooker hood. Your first port of call should always be to read the manufacturers advice in the user manual provided that will indicate how best to use your model cooker hood. Whilst the manufacturer will always mention their top tips for using a cooker hood there are other things you can do. We have listed a collection of tips of the trade that we have learned in our time selling and using cooker hoods.

  • Use the shortest possible route when ducting out. The more distance the air/smells have to travel the less effective the extraction.
  • Ensure bends in ducting are kept to a minimum. You will lose extraction power with every bend and metre of ducting.
  • Check your fitter has used the correct sized ducting. Not only can this affect the performance but can also invalidate the manufacturers guarantee. The manufacturer will indicate the best size ducting to use in the installation manual.
  • Use round ducting. Air travels better through a round space meaning you will benefit from reduced noise and improved performance.
  • Run the ducting at a slight downward tilt when ducting out to prevent the build up of condensation.
  • Choose a hood with enough extraction power for your kitchen – This will ensure your cooker hood works at its best performance for your kitchen. To find out what extraction rate you require use the equation;

 Kitchen Height x Kitchen Length x Kitchen Width x 10

  • Run the cooker hood for 10 minutes before and after you begin cooking. This will ensure a movement of air before cooking and will keep extracting smells after cooking.

By taking these tips into consideration you can enjoy a better performance extraction and ensure you are achieving value for money.

Alistair Ward

I've been at Appliance House since 2011 having worked in every role at the company.