How to select a kitchen chimney
AUTHOR: PRABHAKAR G ( M.Tech, MBA, MISTE)
DEMAS Retail Group
Sahaja Group of Institutions
Lacso Group of Institutions
Electrical Kitchen chimney is now a days trending in Indian domestic kitchens. Its most essential thing in kitchen. An average, the price of house in cities like Hyderabad, Secunderabad is about 35lakhs. Everybody is going with expensive interiors and appliances in their homes.
Women in India spend most of their time in kitchens. One statistic says 38% of their life spent in kitchens only. Its fact..
Elictric chimney is a must appliance in kitchen, Hyderabadies are Foodies and Consume more oil, masala, fries and non veg. the absence of chimney in the kitchens results in forming oil layers in the whole house hold items. Chimneys suck smoke, bad odour and other fumes.
So it’s essential to have much literacy about our kitchen equipment’s especially Chimneys.
Being electrical engineer and equipment designer I will highlight only three points. Don’t go much depth into everything.
In Demas Smart Home, I absorbed most of my customers are asking for much higher suction capacity chimneys. One of my customers asked for 2000 m3/hr suction, I shocked and asked several questions like kitchen volume, oil consumption for month etc, after understanding the customers kitchen position I suggested him to take 1000m3/hr, Elica Glace ETB PLUS LTW 60 chimney. after few moths he came to store along with his wife and shared his experience, over all they are happy.
While selecting suction, one should know the volume of the kitchen, let’s take an example: length is 3mtr, breadth is 3 mtr and height is 3 mtr, so the total volume of the kitchen is
3 x 3 x 3 =27 m3
The suction of the chimney should not be less than ten times of the volume of the kitchen, in this particular case its required suction is 27 x 10 =270m3/hr
We generally operate chimney at its first speed i.e. it rotates at almost half of the rated suction, if we have 1000m3/h chimney then its suction will be about 500m3/hr, which is double than the required suction. So I recommend suction between 1000m3/hr-1250m3/hr.
If the suction is higher, there are chances of catching fire and the noise also more than 60db which is dangerous.
Noise is the key constraint one should keep in mind before buying a chimney. Most of the unbranded and china imported chimneys looks great but coming to the performance they are inferior. Customer can not realise the actual suction even at physical observation, only he can realise the noise difference from one to other. In our store Demas Smart Home we measure sound with “sound level meter”. So that customer will get clear confirmation of sound levels. The sound at first speed should not be more than 50db. Better if it is in between 21db – 45db.
Elica is using a unique technology called EDS (Elica Deep Silence). there are several models in Elica with EDS technology. EDS chimneys operates at a sound of 21db at its first speed which is lesser than the human audible sound range.
Warranty & Local Service Stations:
Warranty is important aspect for any electrical appliance. Most of the chimney companies says hood comes with a lifetime warranty. But customer should ask, how many years equal for life time? Few companies says 5 years is lifetime, some says 7 years, 10 years etc., but Elica is offering 15 years as life time.
Customer should know what are the components covers under Warranty? Most of the companies give warranty only on motor. But Elica chimneys under warranty covers, motor, rotor, filters body etc., for better understanding customer should read warranty card.
In Hyderabad Elica is having more than 5 service centers.
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(Elica Glen Hafele kaff kutchina Bosch Stove AutoClean Chimney Dealers)
7-1-939, Rashtrapati Road, Maruthi Veedhi, Shivaji Nagar, Secunderabad,Telangansecunderabad, Telangana 500003