When the recirculation hood is just perfect

Dec 27, 2011

Recirculation cooker hoods provide a unique way of enhancing the home environment, in that it uses a filter system that doesn’t rely on additional and expensive duct systems. For this reason, they are a perfect choice in some instances. Let’s take a closer look at the ins-and-outs of the recirculation hood and who can benefit most from its capabilities.

How they work

Before delving into who should install a recirculation cooker hood, let’s understand how it works. Recirculation cooker hoods utilise filters using activated charcoal, which help in the removal of odours, vapours and smoke, and then release what is sometimes referred to as ‘scrubbed’ air back into circulation. The idea is that the unwanted elements in the air are left behind in the charcoal, so the filters will need replacing.

Advantages

The recirculation cooker hood can provide real solutions for the home and is a perfect choice for those who live in compact living areas, which is becoming a more common scenario with modern city life.

Minimise your costs. Extractor cooker hoods require duct systems that are expensive to install and are not a reality for most, and that’s why the smaller more economical recirculation hood can sometimes be ideal. Apart from the relatively cheap costs of replacing filters, the cost of maintenance and upkeep is minimal.

Another benefit is that they can be installed almost anywhere. Whether it is for your second, makeshift kitchen or for those living in an apartment with limited space, a recirculation hood can be easily and quickly installed and doesn’t rely on fitting a duct system.

And finally, since the air remains within the kitchen none of the precious heat in it is lost. This may seem unimportant, but it is absolutely crucial to consider the high energy charges and environmental concerns in today’s modern household. And so with a recirculation cooker hood, you are able to cut down on heat loss during the colder winter months and hopefully cut your energy bills.

Disadvantages

The obvious disadvantage is that the air is not as thoroughly cleaned as it would be with an extraction hood, and as it is just recycled air it can sometimes still contain unwanted heat and moisture. Also, the replacement of charcoal filters, as mentioned, will add a little to the running costs and time spent on maintaining the cooker hood’s effectiveness.