Wanting a new kitchen is a natural progression in life. We aspire to have one someday in the future. We dream of it, we save for it. Having a new kitchen is orderly and civilised. Not only do we know that a new kitchen will give us pleasure and good service. We somehow know that it will enhance our lives at different levels.
At a functional level we look forward to the niceties of a new kitchen such as the `soft closing` doors and drawers, the hidden clever storage spaces, the looks, finishes, colours and textures. At a psychological level we know that they will give us confidence, a sense of pride and a sense of achievement. Socially they will give us an excuse to have friends around, a new kitchen will give us status.
Kitchens are the heart of every home. We choose to spend our time in them. We cook, we socialise, we party, we celebrate, we share, we entertain. When we do, everyone hovers in the kitchen space, however small. It is informal and welcoming. It is neutral, it is casual. It invite us to relax. It invites us to start conversations. It is a focal point, a centre from which our activities begin and end. We gravitate towards our kitchens.
This is perhaps why consciously or unconsciously we want our kitchens to look nice. We know that the way to do this is not just by revamping our current kitchens with new doors as a temporary measure. We want the real thing, we want a new kitchen.
The excitement and the anticipation of ordering a new kitchen can only be surpassed by the elation when it gets delivered. But the first shivers and sparks happen when the new kitchen design images arrive on an email and we open them and see them in our computer screens for the first time.
The kitchen designer has listened to us and done his/her job. He has produced what we want. Our new kitchen looks amazing. We want it, and we want it now. It is almost perfection. In fact it is perfection to us.
The short answer is yes, but why are Cooker Hoods our friends?
When cooking, odours and vapours are being generated. Add cooking oil to the mix and it is not just moist air and food smells that get dispersed into the kitchen. We need to trap the fat content from the mix. Cooker Hoods have filters that do exactly that.
A charcoal filter must be used when the cooker hood is not ducted to an outside wall. The Cooker Hoods extracts the air from the kitchen, the charcoal filters trap the fat content and odours. The air is then recirculated back into the kitchen. Charcoal filters are effective for 4-6 months before needing replacement.
When the Cooker Hood has access to an outside wall the air is ducted out. In this case Cooker hoods with washable filters are the best alternative. They trap the sticky stuff just like charcoal filters do. The difference is that they are reusable. They can be washed in a dishwasher or by hand in hot water and the moist air and odours are ducted out.
If no cooker hood is being used at all, moist air, odours and fat content all get dispersed into the kitchen. This may not be visible at first but it is happening every time we cook. Over time this will become visible as a mix of dust and solidified fat build up.
It is better to use washable filters or replace charcoal filters than to have a build up of sticky stuff. It is easy to ignore this is happening, but life is too short to have to clean stubborn sticky stuff from walls, cupboards and ceilings. Cooker Hoods are our noisy friends. They stall the sticky, dusty solidified fat that builds up in our kitchens when we are not looking. At CKD we will help you select the most efficient, quietest, and right choice for your kitchen.