Modern household appliances are equipped with increasingly innovative technologies that facilitate our daily operations at home. These are very valuable achievements of technology and science. Sometimes it is difficult to say if we use the potential of a given device to 100%. Our short guide comes with help, in which we suggest what to do to make our hood as efficient and effective as possible.
1. Cleaning grease filters
Grease filters (metal) are located on the underside of the hood. It is on them that most of the fat particles floating on the stove stop. We must clean them at least once a month. Most of them are dishwasher safe at lower temperatures. However, we recommend that you read the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that there are no contraindications.
Selected models of kitchen hoods have a filter dirt sensor, which will remind us of the need to clean them. This is a very convenient solution.
2. Replacement of carbon filters
Range hoods that operate in canister mode (i.e., without connection to external vent) have carbon filters
which need to be replaced regularly. Without it, our device will not work properly.
Charcoal filters are placed behind the grease filters or attached to the engine hood. The optimal recommended filter replacement frequency is 3-4 months. To avoid the need to replace the carbon filters, we recommend connecting the device to the ventilation. The hood will also be more efficient. The hood in absorbent mode will also neutralize cooking fumes and unpleasant odors to a certain degree, but will not remove them from the room.
3. Turn on the device before cooking
A useful tip that hood wearers rarely think of. We are used to the fact that we start a given device only when we perform an activity dedicated to it. In the case of a range hood, this is, of course, cooking. However, it turns out that it is worth turning on the hood even before cooking. Then we can take care of washing and peeling the vegetables, cutting or shredding. The hood should be set to the lowest speed, which will start a smooth air circulation. When we start cooking, the air will already be moving and this will affect better ventilation of the vapors.
Thanks to this, we will not have to put the hood on in higher gears, they will only come in handy when something is burning or frying intensively. In this way, we will save electricity (intensive gears absorb more electricity) and make the hood work quietly (lower gears are quieter).
3. Checking the ventilation ducts
The pipes used when connecting the hood to the vent have a huge impact on its performance. Be sure to use cables of the correct size. The recommended diameter of the pipes is 15 cm. We should not reduce the cross section of the discharge duct, avoid collapsible type of ventilation duct, try to make the pipe as short as possible and have few kinks. Thanks to this, our hood will work more quietly and more efficiently remove impurities and moisture created during cooking, which will protect our health and furniture.
5. Leave the hood on when you finish cooking
This treatment will help remove any residual odor from the kitchen. A useful function of the bell in this case is:
• Timer: Your setting will allow you to automatically turn off the hood after a certain period of time.
• Leaf Sensor: is an indicator that measures changes in indoor air quality. The leaf color gradually changes from yellow to green.
For users who are about to buy a new device, we can advise them to buy a decent model from a well-known manufacturer. Hoods in the lower price range are made of inferior materials, have weaker motors, and lower efficiency. Only meeting all the above conditions will make our hood work 100% as declared by the manufacturer on the packaging. The cooker hood is like a car: it will serve us for many years, provided we treat it well.
The second condition is to connect the device for ventilation, let’s do it whenever there is such an opportunity. The effects are invaluable.