What Are the Benefits of Extractor Fans in the Kitchen?
Extractor fans are standard in almost every home up and down the UK. But how do they actually help, and does every kitchen need one? We are here to give you the answers to these questions and more.
In this blog, we will address the question ‘What are the benefits of extractor fans in the kitchen?’
With new buildings being made to be as energy efficient as possible, and the UK aiming for 95% of its electricity usage to be low carbon by 2030, it is imperative to understand how we can make the most of our ventilation. This is where heat recovery ventilation units come in.
To prevent mould, fresh air should constantly be introduced into your dwelling daily, as it helps to regulate temperature and reduce condensation. Introducing fresh air can be as simple as having a ventilation routine, or installing extractors or MVHR units. Almost all of this is facilitated by ducting.
What do extractor fans do?
An extractor fan is a device that is attached to a wall in the house, which intakes the air indoors, passes it through ducting in order to deposit it outside. Extractor fans work specifically to prevent humidity from depositing on cold surfaces, which becomes condensation, and eventually, mould.
Mould is a hazard in a home that can occur as a result of little to no ventilation or wet surfaces that are not dried. Mould thrives on wet, warm surfaces and can be extremely difficult to remove once it appears.
It appears in a range of colours from green, to brown and black. Mould also can cause or contribute to a multitude of health issues, depending on your sensitivity to mould. This is known as mould sickness, and can severely affect your quality of life.
Does an extractor fan kill mould?
No. We must clarify that ventilation prevents mould, it does not destroy it.
If you want to get rid of mould permanently, you should use a mould surface cleaner, followed by an anti-mould paint. Anti-mould paint has fungicidal properties that prevent mould from growing on that surface for years.
How long can you leave mould for before it impacts you?
Mould has the potential to influence you immediately. It is subject to how severe your mould allergy is. Some signs can be blatant, extreme, and obvious, such as sneezing, a runny nose, coughing, redness and itchy skin, which stops after you’ve left the mould infested area.
Other symptoms develop over time, this can include frequent bouts of illness, nausea, general weakness, hair loss. In any case, leaving the effects up to chance is not recommended. As soon as you find mould, remove it as soon as possible.
What are the benefits of extractor fans in the kitchen?
Having an extractor fan in your kitchen provides a whole host of benefits. This includes…
- Depending on the model you purchase, any dangerous levels of humidity are noticed automatically, and the fan operates until the humidity is at a safer level.
- Any smells from pungent food can easily and eventually be removed from the home without it permanently attaching.
- There is a dramatically lower chance of humidity causing condensation in the kitchen, which can become mould.
- In freezing or exceedingly wet weather conditions, you don’t have to open the window to extract the air, thus keeping your home warm.
- You are following the legal requirements as stipulated by building regulations in the UK.
- Any cooking or minor mishaps that make some smoke can eventually be extracted, negating the use of the fire alarm when it isn’t needed.
In your kitchen, you also have the option of having a cooker hood, this goes by many other names. However, in essence, it is a larger extractor fan that is generally placed above your cooker. Although they share some similar benefits to a kitchen extractor fan, they do have their own benefits. These include…
- A more powerful level of extraction.
- Depending on the model you purchase, it can have different levels of intensity.
- Will extract anything beneath it almost instantly.
- More effective than a kitchen extractor fan, specifically when cooking.
- It can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs that can add to the aesthetic of your kitchen.
Is it better to have a kitchen extractor fan or a cooker hood?
We would recommend having both of these fans in your kitchen, as having these devices working in conjunction with each other, or even alongside an open window, can greatly benefit the prevention of humidity.
That being said, we understand that some of our readers have specific needs, or may not be able to afford both of these fans. So here’s a simple way to address the issue of only being able to get both.
If you don’t use your cooker regularly, or at all, then a kitchen extractor fan is the better option. Contrastingly, if you make meals regularly with your cooker, you are better off getting a cooker hood. If indeed you only select one of these solutions rather than both, opening windows whilst using them can help you improve their effectiveness.
Where to purchase kitchen extractor fans?
Reputable providers such as I-Sells have a wide variety of kitchen extractor fans available for you to purchase today. With brands such as Kair and Nuaire, and much more. Our range starts from the affordable, to premium smart extractor fans. View our range here.
Can I ventilate my kitchen without extractor fans?
Yes, but the level of ventilation will likely be extremely poor, and not be able to prevent the appearance of condensation and mould. It would involve opening your window for an extended period of time, or back door (if it’s in the kitchen).
This is not only uncomfortable, especially during winter months, it can also be unsafe as it’s an easy passage for bugs, animals, dirt, and even thieves to enter your home.
How do I know I need an extractor fan in my kitchen?
Here are some signs that you can easily spot to decide whether you require an extractor fan in your kitchen. If you already have an extractor fan in your kitchen but still see these signs, you may need to update your current fan, conduct maintenance, or use it more often.
Signs you need an extractor fan in your kitchen…
- Surfaces typically have condensation on them, specifically windows, taps, and worktops.
- Mould has appeared in the kitchen.
- Smells linger long after a dish has been cooked.
- When cooking or preparing certain dishes, steam and smoke can be seen lingering within the room.
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At I-Sells, all things ventilation and ducting related is our speciality, we are here to answer the questions we know are common for those new to HVAC and what it encompasses.
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