Why is extraction so important in today’s kitchen and what options are out there?
In recent years, more so than ever, we have seen the kitchen transformed into the central hub of the home; a space to entertain, socialise and for homeowners to portray their own personality through appliances and kitchen design. With consumers spending more time in the kitchen and experimenting more with their cooking ingredients and techniques, an extraction system becomes vital to keep the air in the kitchen clean and free from smells, smoke, moisture and grease.
When choosing an extractor the essential features to consider are design, extraction rate, and quality. As consumers are becoming more influenced by the European market, style has become a very important factor. Through its Italian heritage synonymous with design, Falmec’s range of inspirational extraction systems exhibit varying looks and cutting-edge technology to suit all types of homes.
Simple linear extractor systems that integrate seamlessly with other appliances are becoming increasingly popular. Falmec’s Piano combines the innovation of induction with an extremely powerful surface mounted extraction system. Piano’s plinth motor achieves a high performance of up to 1200m3/hr at an air speed of up to 6 metres per second, ensuring cooking odours and moisture are eliminated – most extractors will extract somewhere between 300-600 m3 per hour. The Piano system itself is also an excellent space-saving investment as the extractor has been cleverly designed to take the ducting down the back of the kitchen cabinet, creating more space for working drawers.
Seen but not heard
With its innovative NRS (Noise reduction System) technology, Falmec has successfully created a product that is incredibly quiet yet still benefits from the highest extraction performance. NRS technology allows homeowners to cook, work, talk and listen to music without competing with the background hum typical of many extraction systems. Most extractors have a noise level of around 65 decibels, so seeking a product lower than 60dB (average conversation level) is advisable. However with a minimum dB of 34 and maximum 53 – Falmec’s NRS systems are the quietest on the market.
Falmec’s patented E.ion System recreates the action of atmospheric ions in the kitchen. Atmospheric ions are usually created by natural phenomenons such as lighting, waterfalls and sea waves, but the E.ion System technology applies a bipolar electric field to the air flow to achieve the same result, therefore neutralising pollutants such as bacteria, viruses, pollen, dust, spores, smoke etc. All Falmec E.ion models reduce unpleasant odours by up to 95% and can be monitored by a leaf shaped sensor which gradually changes from orange to green.
For the most efficient extraction, a kitchen extractor should be positioned centrally over the cooking area, however this can be difficult to achieve with hidden extractors that are built into a wall mounted cabinet and are consequently shallower than the worktop beneath. Falmec has thus developed and introduced their model ‘Move’ to tackle this issue, as the canopy can be lowered down and extended to create a larger area to extract cooking odours and moisture.
Bold and dramatic
Big is beautiful when it comes to extractors and bold, dramatic designs using stainless steel, aluminium and glass have transformed these ignoble items into great focal points in the kitchen. Falmec’s Prestige is an extraction system with contemporary, curved glass to create a talking point in any kitchen.