When purchasing an extraction system, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that there isn’t much difference between different models and makes. Actually there can be huge differences which will greatly affect the performance of the product and ultimately change the way it affects your kitchen.

With this compiled list of facts, I’ll help you understand the ins and outs of your extractor system.

There are many different types and designs of extractors

We’re most familiar with your standard canopy hoods and island cooker hoods. In fact, there are many other kinds of extractors including pendant cooker hoods, downdraft cooker hoods and hoods which are actually built into the ceiling.

They all perform the same basic function but perform slightly different tasks. What one you purchase depends completely on your kitchen layout and your individual requirements.

Extractors need frequent maintenance

We’ve all heard the story of kitchens catching on fire due to cooking food not being attended or a piece of flammable material. What people don’t know is that not cleaning your grease extractor system can also cause fires in kitchens.

Statistics show that over 80% of kitchen extract ducts in the UK are never cleaned and are in a dangerous state.
A great deal of insurance companies are not paying compensation for fires due to poor maintenance on extractor systems. This means it’s more important than ever to maintain your extractor systems so you don’t hit a financial downfall.

Noise is a form of pollution

Many people would only think of harmful gasses and waste products when producing a plan to reduce pollution. However, noise is just as harmful to your restaurant and the surrounding area. Vibrations caused by larger and more powerful extraction systems need to be maintained in order to reduce noise pollution.
One main cause is the fans found in extractors. Noise attenuators may be required if the fan is too noisy and can be used as a general feature to prevent unnecessary sound. Internal noise level should be between NR (noise rating) 40 – NR50 and should not be a hearing hazard risk for employees.

Not all extractors will have the same rate of extraction

Different extractor hoods have different rates of extraction. The larger the kitchen, the higher the rate of extraction needs to be; although it’s important to note that larger extractor systems will create more noise.
Generally, your extractor hood should be able to renew 10-12 times the volume of air in your kitchen. When you go to buy an extractor it should have the extraction rate listed so you can easily buy the model which is better for you.

At CK direct we have a range of extractors you can chose from with even an option to build your own system; allowing for more freedom and customisation to suit your own individual needs.
We’re dedicated to providing a top-quality service with products that will make your business that much easier to manage.