How to reduce the noise made by your extractor fan

How to reduce the noise made by your extractor fan

Do you prefer to open a window rather than switch on your extractor fan because you find it too noisy? Read on, because there are lots of things you can do to reduce an extractor’s noisiness…

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Choose the right extractor fan
There is a huge difference in noise levels between different hoods. The design of modern hoods has progressed over the years and noise levels have been reduced. Our quietest hoods include the Polar (wall-mounted and island extractor) and Spark (island extractor). These hoods are made from sound-proofed materials and a special extra-quiet motor was developed. The wave filter also reduces noise while improving efficiency. At low speeds the sound of these hoods (41 decibels) is almost imperceptible and even at maximum speed the noise level is only 60 decibels. This could be compared to the level of normal conversation.

Change the way you use your extractor fan
At lower settings extractors are quieter. If you turn the hood on at its lowest setting before you start cooking, you will control steam and odour levels more efficiently. You probably don’t need to increase the power unless you burn something!
To clear residual smells, leave the extractor on after cooking for about 5 to 10 minutes. Some extractors even have convenient run-on timers so that they switch off automatically after a pre-set time.

Use the correct ducting
Good installation of the cooker hood is important – not only for its performance, but also for its noise level. Choose the ducting recommended by the manufacturer. BEST hoods should be installed using 150mm (6in) smooth rigid ducting. Smaller, ribbed or flexible ducting can cause problems with free air flow and thereby create more noise.
Ensure the hood is positioned so that the shortest and straightest ducting run possible is used. This again will improve air flow and reduce noise. Talk to your installer or our technical department on 0871 871 8680 for more information. You can also read more about it here.

Further reading:
Polar wall mounted hood
Polar island hood
Spark island hood