Choosing a custom cooker hood for your kitchen can be quite a difficult process if you don’t know what to look for. There are so many options available, so many different materials and so much information that you need to absorb and understand.
Whatever you choose, you will need to ensure it blends in with your overall kitchen design. This is an important step, as many homeowners tend to choose a product which is too big or too small. Remember these items are designed to not only add visual appeal to your kitchen space, but they also extract unwanted steam and odors, reducing the risk of the smell permeating throughout the entire home.
One of the biggest decisions you will need to make when looking at custom cooker hoods is the power that it provides. In most cases your range will give you some recommendations in terms of power needed. Power is measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute). The more heat your stove gives, the more power you will need.
CFM is also determined by your range size and kitchen size. A good rule of thumb is that a range which sits against the wall should have a cooker hood that has 100 CFM per linear foot of stove. If the stove sits on an island in the center of your kitchen, then you need 150 CFM per linear foot. This is a guideline only and your stove manufacturer should be able to give you some indication on what you need to ensure that your hood cycles enough air per hour.
When it comes to kitchen size, the rule of thumb is that the hood should cycle the air fifteen times per hour to ensure steam is removed, clean air is in the kitchen and any smells are removed.
Your next consideration when buying custom cooker hoods is whether to go with an internal or external fan. There is a significant difference between the two and there is no right or wrong when it comes to choice. This is down to personal preference and space.
An internal fan sits inside the unit and pushes out steam and odors through an air duct, while the external fan sits outside and pulls the air through.
Always ensure any products you choose have safety features in place to provide safety for you and your family. Safety features can include heat sensors, should the product become too hot it will switch off to ensure no further damage.
There are a number of filter options for you to choose from. Again there is no right or wrong, though it’s advisable to do some research into the advantages and disadvantages of each one, along with maintenance requirements to see which one will suit your specific kitchen requirements.
Filters are necessary to catch the grease and reduce the risk of mess. This means that they will need to be cleaned on a regular basis. There are some filters which are dishwasher safe, which is hugely advantageous when it comes to cleaning the kitchen.
Finally, your last decision you will need to make when choosing custom cooker hoods is the material you want to use. These range from stainless steel to copper and so much more.
You need to choose the material for your custom cooker hood based on durability, functionality and visual appeal. When buying a product of this nature, you want to know that it will enhance your kitchen space and also last a long time. It should come with a choice of options including different colors and textures, enabling you to make the best decision based on your kitchen design.