Is chimney necessary in Kitchen in India
Chimney and exhaust fans for kitchen in India has become essential now. In the old days, our houses had masonry chimneys built into the wall of the kitchen and rising over the roof of our houses. The hot burning exhaust gases and the oil and spice fumes from Indian cooking used to go straight up through the chimney and fresh air used to fill the kitchens from open windows. Things have changed now with flat living and modern houses that have no chimneys.
The burning gas in the kitchen uses oxygen in air of the kitchen and converts it into mainly hot carbon dioxide and steam. Some poisonous carbon monoxide gas and other unhealthy gases also form during the combustion of LPG gas.
When frying Indian masalas in oil, pungent masala fumes together with burnt oil fumes are all over the kitchen air. People in the kitchen and in the surrounding rooms, including children, are breathing in this air which is not good. The polluted kitchen air causes a lot of health problems like feeling dizzy due to lack of oxygen, headaches, nausea, nose problems like sinusitis, eye problems, allergic reactions like asthma, etc. etc. So it is in everybody's interest to make sure that the all cooking gases are exhausted from the kitchen as efficiently as possible.
How kitchen chimney works
A modern electric chimney has a chimney hood mounted directly over the gas burner. Inside this kitchen chimney hood is a powerful fan which exhausts the burnt gases from the stove to the outside through a piped duct. Sending the burnt gases from the stove straight to the outside is the best solution to have healthy pollution free kitchen. This way all the burnt exhaust gasses and all the sticky burnt oil fumes and the irritating masala fumes are all directly sucked out immediately from the top of the cooking stove. Fresh air comes into the kitchen from any open window and you are always breathing in fresh air and not the polluted gas burner exhaust gasses. The kitchen will also be much cooler and comfortable. For people with asthma and other breathing problems a chimney in the kitchen is a must.
Recirculating kitchen chimneys
Some chimney hoods have filters and just re-circulate the air in the kitchen. This gets rid of some of the smells and oil fumes, but still recirculates the burnt gases, including any Carbon Monoxide within the kitchen. This is not an ideal solution. If no fresh air is coming into the kitchen while cooking, then the kitchen will get hot and stuffy in minutes and it is bad for your health.
How to calculate the size of a chimney, Kitchen chimney selection guide
Many are not sure what is the size of kitchen chimney needed. There are many kitchen chimney sizes in India, so here we will be your electric kitchen chimney buying guide in India.
The standard size of electric kitchen chimneys are usually either 60 centimeters (cms) wide or 90 cms wide. The most important specification of an electric kitchen chimney is its suction power. The suction capacity of electric kitchen chimney is in Cubic meters per hour. As a rule of thumb, the suction capacity of an electric kitchen chimney should be able to suck out at least 10 times the volume of air in the kitchen in one hour. For example if your kitchen is 3 meters wide, 4 meters long and 2.5 meters high, that means your kitchen volume is 3x4x2.5=30 meter cube. So your kitchen chimney should have a suction capacity of at least 30x10=300M3 per hour. The standard suction power of chimneys in India starts from 400M3 per hour and goes upto 1250M3 per hour. One important tip for buying kitchen chimney is to always choose the higher suction power chimney whenever possible.
Electric chimney buying guide
At the bottom of this page we have a list of best kitchen chimney manufacturers in india with direct links to the kitchen chimney company's website. But trying to visit each manufacturers website and viewing their products will be a tedious affair. A better option will be to visit the website of Amazon India, the Indian operations of the world's biggest and best online seller of goods. This link will take you directly to the website page of all kitchen chimneys available on Amazon.in.
Once you are on this page you can compare the specifications and price of Kitchen chimneys from all the top kitchen chimney brands in India. You can then have a good idea of the prices of chimneys and go out shopping to the local stores. Buying online from Amazon may be the easier solution and you will never be dissappointed buying from Amazon, because they have a reputation to keep as the world's best online seller.
Exhaust fans in the kitchen
An exhaust fan in the kitchen is not a complete solution. Most of the modern kitchens have exhaust fans high up on the wall away from the gas burner. Most of the time there will be a window just below the exhaust fan, and most housewives open that window thinking it will bring in fresh air. The problem is that the fresh air comes in through the window just below or near the exhaust fan, but the fresh air coming in goes straight up into the exhaust fan and only a small fraction of the burnt gasses is sucked out. This phenomena is called chunnelling, where the fresh air goes straight through the exhaust fan, and so does not remove burnt gases from the kitchen stove.
The better option with exhaust fans in the kitchen is to close any windows or openings below, near or on the same side of the wall on which the exhaust fan is fixed. You should have a cross ventilation in the kitchen, the fresh air should enter the kitchen from the opposite side of the exhaust fan, flow through the kitchen and go out through the exhaust fan. This way the hot burnt gases which rise to the top of the kitchen is sucked out by the exhaust fan and the cool fresh air entering the kitchen stays down where we are breathing the fresh air. Also you should have at least one window open in other parts of the house to allow easy flow of air from the kitchen door to the exhaust fan. In air-conditioned houses, all the windows and doors are kept closed. In such cases open a window or the door of a bathroom which has a ventilator or an exhaust fan (keep it off) to allow fresh air to come in and flow to the kitchen, cross ventilate the kitchen and finally to take out the polluted air in the kitchen through the exhaust fan.
Which is the best chimney for kitchen in India
The kitchen chimney is a simple electric fan mounted inside a sheet metal frame which acts as the Kitchen chimney hood. So being not a complicated piece of equipment, the chimney from all kitchen chimney India brands should work fine. Below we have a list of some top kitchen chimney brands in India and they all make good chimney for Kitchen in India. Almost all the Kitchen Chimney brand names in the below list is a clickable link to take you to the manufaturers website.