A boon, this is what a Chimney is, for a kitchen and for people who love to cook. As we know, an integral part of our home is the kitchen, and for the cooking that involves delicious gravies and tasty fries, it also uses oil and spices in plenty. This causes the fumes and smokes in the kitchen and the oil thick layer along with the grime to get deposited on cabinets, tiles, and some other places, making it look messy. But for sure, there is a solution for the same. It includes a modern-day Chimney for the kitchen.
Chimneys are the right appliance that is meant to be installed above the stove top. Just with a click of a button, the oil gets sucked along with the fumes and smoke, leaving the kitchen clean and free of smoke. The emissions are either using duct let out or recirculated in case of a ductless Chimney.
However, there are many brands for chimneys to choose from. So one needs to make sure that they do not just randomly choose a Chimney, as it won’t serve the purpose. So, follow the points mentioned below to know better.
Things to be kept in mind while choosing a Chimney:-
- Blower or the motor:
It’s an integral part of Chimney, and so one must make sure that it is secured/closed or else it will allow the dust to enter and harm the appliance. An aluminum blower will best choice.
- Noise & speed:
Make sure to consider this factor before buying Chimney. Some chimneys also have the silent-kit installed, which makes the Chimney silent or produce less noise. Chimneys of entry-level just have a single option for speed, but variable speed options are available for ventilating faster in advanced chimneys.
- Auto heat sensor:
It senses the present oil and heat particles in the air and turns off and on automatically.
- Types of Chimney:
There are five types of chimneys, so based upon requirement, usage, or cooking frequency, one needs to choose amidst the island, downdraft, wall-mounted, built-in, auto-clean chimneys.
- Filters type:
For an electric chimney, a filter is a heart. It does not just help to trap the oil particles but also allows them to purify the air. It is of three types, mesh/cassette filter (requires high cleaning and maintenance), baffle filter (required cleaning every 5-6 months and is well suited for Indian cooking), and charcoal filters (it is highly efficient for odor absorption and its replacement is required every 3-6 months).
- Ducting & Ductless chimneys:
A ducting chimney is a better alternative for charcoal filters, which are installed in ductless chimneys. Even though the one-time cost of installation for ducting Chimney would be high, the cost of replacing the charcoal filters at regular intervals can be eliminated. Even the performance offered by a ducting Chimney is 30% higher than a ductless one.
However, it will look upon Ductless chimneys’ advantages, it doesn’t require the pipes or ducts, and it can be re-positioned easily. But it does have disadvantages too. Based on the pros and cons of both the type of chimneys, one must make their choice better.
- Suction power:
It is the motor’s capacity for sucking out the oil particles and the unwanted odor. It is usually better to get a Chimney, which has high suction power and depending upon the size of the kitchen, one must make a choice. Even the size of the kitchen is to be noticed before choosing a chimney. Just to say, a stop of 3 feet should have Chimney of 3 feet.
- Price of the Chimney:
The kitchen chimney is available in varied price ranges. One can choose a brand as per their budget and the model, along with the suction power requirement. Remember, the chimneys’ installation is mostly done free of cost; however, some additional charges might be asked for pipe and ducts installation.
- Warranty and services:
Generally, most of the chimneys have a warranty of 12 months while others carry a lifetime warranty. Make sure to check it all, along with the after-sales service, as the chimneys cleaning might sometimes need technicians’ help.
- Thermostatic protection:
Chimneys have in-built protectors that prevent the motor from getting over-heated or burnt by cutting off the power supply when required.
Hope the guide mentioned above can help you get a fair Idea over kitchen chimney and its functioning and what should be looked upon before choosing such an appliance for the kitchen. It is further hoped that no one will be able to make a better choice and cover the requirements by giving a read to those mentioned above and once all the factors have been considered, may you have a good purchase and enjoy your favorite dishes cooking while maintaining the kitchen odor, smoke, and grease-free.