An Overview of the Extractor Fan

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If you do not have an extractor fan in your kitchen, then you will have smoke and other pollutants from your oven clogging up your air. If you do not have much ventilation in your kitchen then it is very important that you have one of these devices installed in your home. The following will seek to explain how these mechanisms work and the options that are available to you when you are installing one in your home.

It is interesting how an extraction fan actually works if you have never looked into it before. Typically, whenever you turn on the switch on your cooker hood it will cause the fan's blades to spin, drawing the stale air from your kitchen up into this mechanism. Depending on the type you have purchased, either ducted or ductless, the air will either be vented out to the outside of your home, or taken through a filter and recirculated.

When it comes to options for installing your extractor fan there are two places where it is most commonly done, the window and the wall. If it is to be installed in the window then you can usually find one that will fit in an open window like a typical air conditioner model would. If not then you will have to cut out an area of the window pane glass in order to fit it inside. This will require special tools, so if you do not have much experience in this area you should probably contact a professional to have them take care of this for you.

Of course, you can always install your extraction fan in the wall, in which case you will need to cut out a section of your wall. You will need a drill in order to perform this and it can be a long and tiresome project if you have thick walls. Once the wall has been cut you will also have to place a tube through the hole in order to connect the fan to the outside of the house. This way the air that gets taken into the fan gets transported to the outside, keeping the rest of the air in your home clean.

There are many different options available to you when you are in the market for an extractor fan. For example, some will have automatic on/off switches that will turn on when the humidity in a room reaches a certain degree. Regardless of which model you eventually choose, it is important that it is installed directly over the oven as this is the area where it will need to be in order to catch the smoke and pollutants rising up from it.

All in all, an extractor fan is a very important piece of equipment to have installed in your kitchen if you are concerned about the quality of air in your home.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27