Which Type of Fan Is Best for Kitchen
For people who are new to ventilation, you may be confused as to what kind of ventilation is not only necessary, but the best kind for your kitchen. With that in mind, in this blog, we will answer the question ‘Which type of fan is best for 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 applications such as extractor fans and 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.
Can I use any kind of fan to ventilate my kitchen?
Not exactly, in order to ventilate your kitchen and remove humidity, you must ventilate it with equipment that extracts air, rather than moves it around. In this instance, items such as standing fans or air conditioning units are not appropriate.
That being said, these two units are more than capable of helping you to feel comfortable in the kitchen, creating a cooling airflow. However, they will not prevent humidity or condensation.
By not using the right kind of ventilation equipment in your home, you run the risk of mould developing in your home. Mould can be destructive to your home and your body. You should try your best to prevent it, and remove it as much as possible.
The ultimate aim of ventilation is to prevent mould from occurring. However, it does have a few additional purposes that are beneficial.
What is the point of ventilation?
Ventilation serves a few key purposes, which include…
- Preventing humidity from becoming condensation in the room, which ultimately becomes mould.
- Stops the indoor air from being stale.
- It can help to remove certain smells in the room.
- It creates a comfortable, breathable atmosphere.
- It can prevent some dust from settling on surfaces.
- It can cool down your home if it is too hot.
- Proper ventilation can positively impact your mental wellbeing.
Which type of fan is best for kitchen?
The best kind of fans specifically for a kitchen are those that extract the indoor air, this can be achieved through an extractor fan, a MVHR unit, or a cooker hood.
An extractor fan removes humid air and smells within the room it is placed in. This helps to prevent condensation, which can become mould. As kitchens usually see a lot of humidity due to cooking, extractor fans are perfect for this environment.
An MVHR unit works at the same capacity as an extractor fan, but with additional benefits. These benefits are that it also replaces the extracted indoor air with fresh outdoor air, but without a loss in temperature. Not only does it help to keep a mould-free environment, your home also stays warm and the air is fresh.
A cooker hood is a larger and more powerful kind of extractor fan. Though these work manually, and are typically activated whilst cooking, as cooking with heat is always going to release some steam, smoke, or smells. Cooker hoods extract this at a higher rate, but also use more energy.
In terms of which option is best. Having a cooker hood in conjunction with either an extractor fan or MVHR unit is the best possible combination. This ensures that any humidity has had a higher chance of being removed, especially when used in conjunction.
To boost the effectiveness of these two devices, opening a window is a simple yet effective method.
Kitchen extractor fans you can buy
Kair Guardian Power Pro PP100P
The Kair Guardian Power Pro PP100P operates at a rate which can convert to a usage cost of 1p a day. (using 28.00 pence per kWh as comparison). Considering this extremely low running cost, in addition to the affordable pricing, it would be a mistake to not consider this option if you’re on the hunt for an extractor fan.
Here are some additional features of this extractor fan…
- Anti-vibration gasket.
- Energy-efficient EC motor.
- 5-year warranty — 1 year parts and labour, 4 years parts only.
- EC induction motor with thermal protection.
- Shockproof, high-quality techno polymer casing.
- Designed using the latest wind tunnel technology and CFD simulations.
- Operates in ambient temperatures up to 40 OC.
- Double insulated — no earth required.
- IPX4 Splash proof rated — can safely be installed in Zones I and II.
- Part L1A 2013 of Building Regulations.
You can find the full details here.
Greenwood Omnique Smart Extractor Fan With Pull cord Humidistat Timer and SELV Transformer
The Greenwood Ominque Smart Extractor Fan has quite a few tricks up its sleeves, with one of them being the possibility of using 6 different kinds of ventilation, in this one unit. Regarding its running costs, it boasts such low energy costs that continuous usage will equate to less than a single penny a day.
This extractor fan isn’t called smart for no reason, its features allow it to be adaptable to properties that may have a range of tenants at a time with their own ventilation needs. It does not require a contractor to make any amendments or repairs, either. For more information on this extractor fan. Click here.
Do extractor fans require special maintenance?
Generally, no. Unless your extractor fan is a completely new technology or style, then it does not need any complicated maintenance.
Depending on the level of dust or humidity that arises in your home, maintenance should be conducted between every few months or yearly. The best option would be once every six months.
Maintaining an extractor fan is simple. Firstly, check the fan and ducting to see if there is any build up from dust or debris. If there is, simply use your vacuum hose to clean it. There is not much more required than that.
What should I do if my extractor fan is making noise?
If your extractor fan is making more noise than usual, and you can’t see or find anything that is causing it upon checking, you require a professional to have a look at it. You can do this by contacting extractor fan maintenance services.
Additionally, contacting the manufacturer of your extractor fan is a good idea if it is still in warranty, or would prefer them to send someone out for you. If you have a landlord, you must assess whether this is their responsibility, and chase them up to rectify it if it is.
Find the best fan for your kitchen today
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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