How Do Kitchen Extractor Fans Work? | More Kitchens

28 October 2021

If you’re a lover of cooking, you’ll know the aroma of different smells can spread around your kitchen and home if you don't have any built-in ventilation.

That’s where kitchen extractor fans come in, they help to remove fumes, steam and even grease from the air in your kitchen from push of a button or pull of a cord.

This article answers the question how do kitchen extractor fans work - helping you to choose the best ventilation option for you and your space.


How do kitchen extractor fans work?

There are two main types of extractor fans that can be installed within your kitchen - Cooker hoods and standard extractor fans. We've broken down both options below.

Cooker hoods

There are several types of cooker hoods available in a range of styles at various price points:

Conventional Cooker Hoods

A once popular option, conventional cooker hoods also known as visor cooker hoods are fit on the underside of a wall cabinet and visible for all to see.


Chimney Cooker Hoods

Chimney cooker hood extractors are fit to your kitchen wall above your cooker area.

Available in a range of styles and sizes, its best to ensure the hood is bigger or the same size as your cooker.


Built In Cooker Hoods

Also known as integrated hoods, built in cooker hoods are fit within the wall cabinet above your cooker, built in cooker hoods are good choice if you have limited space and don’t want to or have the space to fit a cooker hood on the kitchen wall.


Island Cooker Hoods

Attached to your kitchen ceiling above your hob, Island cooker hoods are a stylish focal point and best suited for kitchens that have hobs fit within the island.

Downdraft Cooker Hoods

Downdraft cooker hoods hide beneath your worktop adding a minimalist feel to kitchens.

Rising and falling from the touch of button, this futuristic cooker hood option can often be one of the most expensive.

How do cooker hoods work?

There are two different ways cooker hoods extract air depending on whether you opt for an extractor hood or recirculation hood:

Extractor Hoods

Extractor hoods funnel the air through ducting from your kitchen directly outside. They can be a very effective way to ventilate your kitchen but can often be loud due to power required to push the air through.

Recirculation Hoods

As mentioned in the name, recirculation hoods use grease and charcoal filters to remove the smell and fumes from your kitchen air and recirculate it back into your kitchen.

Standard kitchen extractor fans

Similar to extractor fans you find within the bathroom, standard extractor fans are simple to install and often a cheaper alternative to cooker hoods - although they may not clear the air as quickly.

How does an extractor fan work?

Standard wall fans are often fit to the kitchen wall or ceiling and clear the air by pulling the fumes directly outside.

They can be set to a timer and or be turned and off from the pull of a cord.

Kitchen extractor fans are often a forgotten step in the kitchen renovation process. Read our guide to fitted kitchens to ensure you find out everything you need to know.

If you find your self still asking how do kitchen extractor fans work and or wish to find out how we can install a kitchen extractor fan as part of our full kitchen design and fitted kitchen service book a design appointment online today or call a friendly member of our team on 0113 201 5030.

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