The tempering of spices, spluttering of oil and curries, and the use of everything possible that creates fumes; all this is is inherent to Indian kitchens as we love spices, oil, and the very famous ‘tadka’ in almost everything we eat. This way of cooking might be making the food lip-smacking for us but it makes the kitchen a little messy and this is why every Indian kitchen must have a chimney.
There used to be a time when chimneys were an alien home appliance to Indian households but slowly, people have become accustomed to them and now, the market for electrical chimneys is flourishing. Soon, electrical chimneys will become ubiquitous in India.
But with the market being inundated with so many types and sizes of chimneys, sometimes it can become difficult to choose the best one. Well, you don’t need to worry as we have come up with an ultimate guide that will help you in choosing the best chimney for your kitchen.
Things you should check before purchasing a chimney for your house
- Mounting style of chimney
The first thing to look for while buying a chimney is the mounting style as it doesn’t matter how good a chimney is, if you choose the wrong mounting style, all the effort that you have put into buying an ideal chimney will go astray.
There are three mounting styles available in chimneys; built-in, island, and wall-mounted and there is nothing like the best mounting style as it all comes down to the construction of your kitchen.
As the name suggests, wall-mounted chimneys are mounted on the wall, and even servicing these types of chimneys by calling Faber customer care number is quite easy. This type of chimney is considered ideal for kitchens with a cooking stove against the wall. An island chimney is perfect for modern kitchens while a built-in chimney is usually used for compact kitchens.
So, before deciding on the mounting style of the chimney, take a look at the construction of your kitchen and then choose accordingly.
- Size of the chimney
The bigger the size of the kitchen, the bigger chimney you will need and it is obviously a no-brainer. But many people overlook this aspect and they end up griping about the chimney not working properly and they even call Elica customer care number for fixing the issue.
The best way to choose the right size of a chimney is to consider the size of your stoves as well. The dimension of the chimney should always be bigger than the stove as this allows the chimney to easily absorb all the smoke and fume.
Chimneys are most available in two standard sizes; 60 cm and 90 cm. If you are using a two-burner stove then you can for a 60-cm wide chimney but if your stove has more than two burners then don’t settle for anything less than a 90cm chimney. Even when you will call Elica customer care number for service, they will suggest the same approach for choosing the right size.
- Ducting type of chimney
Choosing a ductless or duct chimney is totally your decision but for the type of cooking we Indians are used to; a ducted hood chimney works better and you should accept such a chimney with alacrity in your kitchen.
The ducted hood chimney performs better when it comes to absorbing smoke, heat, and moisture. The only drawback of a ducted chimney is they need to be installed at a place where the duct pipe can let out from the kitchen.
So, whenever you call Faber customer care number for installing such chimneys, the technician will be very much precise about the place of installation.
- The suction capacity of the chimney
You should never overlook the suction capacity of the chimney while scouring the internet for the best chimney for your kitchen. The suction capacity of the chimney depends on how often you cook and also on your unique cooking style.
The suction capacity of chimneys can vary between 400 m3/hr to 1600 m3/hr. If you are into diet-based cooking that doesn’t involve much use of oil and ‘tadka’ then a chimney with a suction capacity of 700-1000 m3/hr will be enough. However, if you are into deep-fried foods then never settle for anything less than 1200 m3/hr.
The suction capacity of every chimney is clearly mentioned on the level and if it is not there, then you must ask the salesperson about it before making the final decision.
- Warranty and maintenance of chimney
Make sure that you are buying a chimney from a reputed brand that offers free installation, demo, and after-sales service as well. And even if the basic warranty period gets over, you can call Elica customer care number and get an additional warranty for your chimney.
Chimneys do a lot of heavy-duty work and therefore, they require regular maintenance for optimum performance. So, make sure that the brand that you are buying has a vast network set-up for after-sales service otherwise, things can become quite hectic for you.
Since fumes, smoking, use of oil and spluttering of spices are something inherent to Indian kitchens, they deserve an electric chimney that can suck away all the fumes, and gases and keep the kitchen clean, and smoke-free and healthy as well.
You might have to go for periodic service after buying a chimney as they are involved in heavy-duty work but this can be made easy by using the OneDios app which offers a seamless way to get brand-authorized service through a painless process.