Extractor fans have been designed to serve certain purposes. They are also called range hoods when they are fitted directly above your stove. They are vital in the kitchen as they provide ventilation.
Below are some of the functions of range hoods or extractor fans:
- Removes grease from the air
- Disperses any smoke that occurs
- Reduces soiling of your walls and other surface areas
- Extracts steam that rises from kettles or saucepans
- It helps to eliminate cooking odors
- Removes pollutants such as mildew, mould, carbon dioxide, dust mites, pet hair, paint fumes, bacteria etc
- Reduces moisture levels in your kitchen
- Captures by-products of frying and baking as well as steam-carried particles.
Tests have shown that indoor pollutants can measure at concentrations fifty times higher indoors than they do outdoors. With an extractor fan, your home will help prevent this and ensure that your home is safer and cleaner to live in.
It is important that your range hood or extractor fan vents to the outside of the premises. You should ensure that it never vents into a ceiling or wall, the moisture and grease in the air can cause serious structural damages over some time.
When it comes to keeping your range hood or extractor fan clean it is not as difficult as it may seem. There are many that can be dismantled and cleaned using your dishwasher, you need to ensure that the interior as well as the exterior of the range hood or extractor fan is wiped down regularly. After removing the filter cover it should be washed in hot soapy water. There is an ammonia solution that you can use to clean the fan blades. The metal mesh filters can be cleaned whenever needed.
The filters for arecirculating range hood are going to have to be replaced every 3 to 6 months, depending on the type of cooking that is done and also how often the kitchen is used. A charcoal filter should never be washed as this will reduce the filters effectiveness.
There are many different types of extractor fans available, below are three types available at Sundowner Skylights in Cape Town:
- Domestic extractor fans
- Commercial extractor fans
- Industrial extractor fans
You can contact Sundowner Skylights in Cape Townto find out more about the wide variety of ceiling- and wall-mounted extractor fans that we supply. Whether you need a wall-mounted chimney, a large industrial extraction fan or a kitchen extractor fan,Sundowner Skylights supply it all. With Authorised Distributors nationwide.