How to reduce the noise made by your extractor hood?

  • 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.