How To Choose A Chimney For Your Modular Kitchen
Cooking results in a lot of smoke especially in Indian houses thanks to our cuisine that’s heavy on spices and oil. All this leads to a greasy and sticky kitchen soon leaving stains on tiles and cabinets.
A one-stop solution to this problem is a kitchen chimney. This appliance absorbs all the smoke and keeps your kitchen grease and odour free. Not to mention, modern kitchen chimney designs level up the style quotient of your space.
Now that you are aware of its advantages, here is a quick guide on how to choose the perfect modular kitchen chimney. Keep the following things in mind to make a well-informed choice.
Size Of The Kitchen
Note down the dimensions and space of your kitchen, the existing ventilation options and your cooking/eating habits. Also, check your kitchen’s internal construction and overall structure and layout so that the final design and look matches your expectations and vision.
Size Of The Chimney
The size of the chimney largely depends on the size of your stove. Most common sizes of the chimney designs are 60 centimetre and 90 centimetres. If you have a two-burner stove or a single burner stove, you can opt for a 60 cms chimney. And for a three-four burner stove pick a 90-centimetre chimney.
The capacity of the chimney’s motor must be powerful enough it can easily absorb all odour, fumes and oil particles during the cooking process. The suction power of a chimney is measured in cubic meters per hour and should lie anywhere between 450 m3/hr – 950 m3/hr depending upon the size of your kitchen and the length of ducts.
Type Of Filter
Ensure that the filter of the chimney functions well so that it can efficiently absorb all the heat and grease at every stage of handling the air. There are three basic types of chimney filter – carbon filter, cassette filter, baffle filter.
Modular chimney designs these days come with filter-less technology. A chimney without any filters requires less cleaning. They are equipped with oil collectors and an in-built cleaning feature. These designs are a bit on the costlier side, but sure takes away the burden of cleaning it.
The ducts are passages that remove smoke, and deliver fresh air, and also assist in ventilation and cooling of the air. There are 2 types – Ducting (Extracting) Filter | Ductless (Recycling) Filter.
Always go for a chimney that’s low maintenance and install it at a lower height of around 3.5 feet – 4 feet for easier cleaning.
Auto clean: Easy to clean and more durable as they are good oil collectors
Normal clean: Difficult to clean and high maintenance since it is manually done
Type Of Chimney Designs
Based on where it can fit
Box Type | Straight-Line | Angular | Curved Glass | Pyramid
Shape and alignment
Ceiling-Mounted | Corner-Mounted | Island | Wall-Mounted | Downdraft | Built-In And Integrated
Contemporary: Designer – Equal Focus on Design & Performance
Conventional: Traditional – More Focus on Performance Than Design
After-Sales Service And Warranty
Double check the warranty card and after-sales service facility at your nearest service centre so that you are not at a loss. Warranties range from one year to lifetime while some after-sales services also involve a visiting technician. It is always ideal zero in on a known brand since they carry a good public reputation and have credibility in the consumer’s eyes.
The budget ranges between Rs. 4000 – Rs. 90,000 depending upon the design chosen, filters and other add-on features such LED lights, finish and colour, body material (stainless steel / tempered glass).