An Ultimate Reference Guide to Extractor Fans |
For the Fans of Extractor Fans

For the Fans of Extractor Fans

Everything you need to know about extractors

Cissy Wang
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Cissy Wang
on May 7th 2019
Cissy is a fresh graduate from CUHK with a major in English and Comparative Literature. Her writing gears towards the poetics of space in social, cultural and urban spaces. "In libris libertas" has always been her motto.

Well-managed indoor air quality and good ventilation are integral to creating a clean and pleasant home. When it comes to house cleaning, it is advisable to control the source of the pollutant before they have been released in the air. To this end, the introduction of extractor fans is an optimum choice for removing moisture and reducing smoke and grease that could otherwise lead to condensation issues throughout the entire home.


In many houses, the extractor fans are primarily used for rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms to improve ventilation, preventing unwanted odor from lingering in the air. Available in a plethora of styles and types, these top picks are guaranteed to be right up your street. Read on to find out which one suits your home the best!

Kitchen Extractor Fans

Nowadays, for many of us kitchens are increasingly becoming the centerpiece of a home, serving as a multi-functional space where we cook, dine, relax and unwind. Nevertheless, airborne grease and food odors produced by day-to-day cooking can be nerve-racking, which could even wreak havoc to furnishings and contaminate the rest of your home.


Extractor Fans: Clean and modern kitchen with ducted extractor fans |
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Types of Extraction Hoods

With an array of styles to choose from, it’s crucial to think about the space available and the type of hood that will work best for your kitchen before purchasing.



Extractor Fans: Kitchen island exhaust fan |
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Island extractors make a strong visual statement in the center of your kitchen with no obstruction to the line of sight. These are particularly ideal for open-plan kitchens, or if your stove is located on an island.



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If your stove is installed against a wall, a chimney-style cooker hood will be your go-to. As one of the most traditional styles of extractor fans in kitchens, chimney hoods are excellent at handling heavy fumes despite taking up some storage place, especially ideal for families that cook a lot. Design-wise, the chimney and canopy of the extractor can come in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, so it can remain a stylish feature in your kitchen despite the noise.



Extractor Fans: Open kitchen design with slimline hoods |
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If you don’t cook frequently, you may want to go for a slimline range hood. In this photo you can see how the slimline extractor fan is designed with a narrow stainless-steel trim, with a thinner canopy compared to other chimney extractors. It’s functional and simple, yet matches perfectly in a minimalist kitchen design.

Bathroom Extractors

Aside from kitchens, extractor fans are also vital accessories for bathroom ventilation. Bathroom extractor fans work well for dealing with excess moisture, removing it outdoors so as to ensure a cleaner and drier bathroom environment.

Tips for Choosing Bathroom Extractors

Fan Sizing

Extractor Fans: Extractor fan for bathroom with no window |
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The main thing you need to consider when installing a vent fan is fan sizing. Rated by the number of cubic feet of air they move per minute (CFM), an extractor’s ability to move air should meet the standard of one CFM for every square foot of floor space in the bathroom. In simple terms, if your bathroom floor measures 60 square feet, you will have to buy a fan with at least 60 CFMs. Therefore, remember to measure the dimensions of your bathroom to make sure that the room will get the right amount of ventilation.


Noise Level

Extractor Fans: Bathroom ventilation system |
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Furthermore, it may also be worth considering an extractor fan’s noise level, in case it disturbs you too much while you are enjoying a bath. The output of a fan’s sound is measured in sones as perceived by a person with normal hearing. Fans rated at 1 sone roughly equal the sound level of a refrigerator running. If you prefer a quiet setting, choose fans that operate at the sone rating of 2 and below.

The above were some of the top extractor fan recommendations, did we miss anything essential out? Leave us a comment below and let us know!


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