The air is pure!
Klarstein’s range offers such a wide selection of different cooker extractor hoods, you can start to lose track. But don’t worry - in our guide to cooker hoods, we answer all of your questions about the practical kitchen helpers. Starting with the question of why a hood in a kitchen is necessary, up to tips for the maintenance and care, our guide should leave no questions unanswered.
Substructures are usually smaller and more compact, which helps during installation and assembly. They can be easily mounted under kitchen cabinets which are located above the cooking surface. Any modification work is therefore no longer required.
Our UW60SF, UW60BL and Purista substructure hoods are ideal for small to medium sized kitchens. With an air exchange of up to 3 cubic meters per hour, they are the perfect cooking companion for smaller households!
Wall hoods are the larger and stronger counterpart to the substructure hood. They are installed on the wall above the cooking surface and absorb the resulting vapours and lead them out of the kitchen via a closed air circuit.
Convertible exhaust hoods can be converted to recirculating air operation by extension from exhaust air operation. This has a major advantage in winter. With a conventional exhaust hood, the expensively heated ambient air would be sucked out of the room, leaving cold air behind.
The convertible extractor hoods from Klarstein can change quickly from the exhaust air mode to the recirculated air mode with activated carbon filters and a setting. Depending on the situation, you may switch between the modes.
Cooking, frying, baking, roasting and much more are part of the culinary activities that are done in the kitchen, with fumes and odours as a natural byproduct. In addition to the smells, the fumes often also contain fat particles circulating in the air. This combination creates a problem for many households without a cooker hood. Untreated, residues land on home fittings, furniture and all other surfaces - with negative consequences. Yellow greasy films and unpleasant odours can be very stubborn to remove. So that it never gets to that point, a cooker hood should be installed in the kitchen. This allows for an air exchange, with pure air being the final result.
There are two different types of cooker hoods:
With recirculating hoods, an indirect air exchange is carried out. That is, the air sucked from the room is pumped directly back into the same room. Both an activated charcoal filter and a grease filter ensure a successful air exchange. Activated charcoal filters have the positive effect of being able to absorb odour very well. The fat particles stick to the grease filters. Air intake and aspiration take place in one and the same step.
In addition to the method of air transport, the question is how big the kitchen is in which the hood is to be installed. This is directly related to the necessary level of performance.
The extractor hood should not be too big. Take a look at the possible hourly air transport when the exhaust hood is working at the highest level. First, calculate the air volume of the kitchen using the surface area and the ceiling height. Ideally, the general rule is that contaminated kitchen air must flow through the filter eight times an hour in order to free it from from odours and fats. If we consider this rule of thumb, the necessary power per hour can be calculated using the following formula:
Example: if your kitchen has an area of 20 m² and a ceiling height of 2.5 m, you should look for a hood which can filter up to 400 m³ of air per hour.
Also pay attention to the actual width of the cooking zone, and adjust the hood to this width. For cooking areas with a width of up to 75 cm, we recommend a hood with a width of 90 cm. Cooker panels with a width of up to 90 cm should has a hood with 120 cm positioned above them. The overhang can be explained by the fact that cooking fumes do not just rise vertically, but also escape to the side. In order to be able to efficiently capture greasy vapours and odours, hoods should have an overhang over the width of the cooking field.
A new trend among exhaust hoods are the so-called "head-free" hoods, which have a deeply falling-off design. This not only makes for a striking visual appearance, it also gives the kitchen line a new look. At first glance, such devices do not appear to be extractor hoods because there are no obvious visual grease filters. The air is usually sucked through slots in the lining or over the edge and then filtered. This makes the filters even easier to clean than the usual models.
At the same time, head-free hoods reduce the likelihood of bumping your head into the hood. Cooker hoods hang above the cooking surface and therefore can get in the way of the user. Thus, head-free hoods are perfectly suited for taller people.
Convertible cooker hoods
Both exhaust and circulating air hoods have their advantages - the combination of both models gives you the perfect solution. This means cooker hoods which can easily be changed to recirculation mode by extension (in the case of an activated carbon filter) and vice versa. Thus, the weakness of an exhaust hood in winter becomes one of its strengths. The air heated by radiators remains in the home.
The components of a cooker hood have a moderate wear effect, and you should not wait until the last minute to bring everything back in good working order. The external and internal surfaces of the cooker hood should be cleaned regularly, regardless of the degree of utilisation - particles can settle here as well.
The grease filters must be cleaned or replaced at regular intervals. If this does not happen, the suction force of the hood underneath and inside the hood may increase the risk of the grease film on the filter becoming flammable. It is therefore advisable to carry out a basic cleaning of the hood once a month.
Devices fitted with activated carbon filters should also be replaced at regular intervals. Since its task is mainly to contain odour particles, the maintenance frequency is not as high as with grease filters.
There are basically two variants available for the light source: halogen lamps on one hand and LED lights on the other. The LED illuminant is more energy efficient than models with halogen lighting, but costs a little more in the purchase.
In our assortment, you will find the right accessory for every hood, such as lighting, interchangeable filters or modules for retrofitting to recirculation mode.
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