Why ventilating is important? Imagine working in a closed room with all the smokes and oil from the frying pan. What would be left after the cooking session? It is the slimy and sticky surface. The air will lock the bad odor as well. In the end, it will take days before the ventilation-less kitchen is ready to use. How to prevent this disaster?
1. Install Range Hood
This is the quickest and the most efficient way to provide ventilation in small kitchen. The range hood is usually connected from above the stove to a hole on the roof by a metal pipe. If the kitchen doesn’t have any ventilation in the beginning, then don’t forget to construct the house builders. Each house is build specifically, so there might be different trick to install the range hood.
Now that the range hood is installed, the owner might notice the turn on and off switch. Many people use range hood the wrong way. They tend to turn on the fan in the middle of cooking process. At this time, half smoke and odor have occupied the room. The best time to put the range hood to work is starting from the beginning of the cooking session.
In addition to the timing, the cook should also care about the filter. It is attached to the mouth of the range hood. The more dishes cooked in a day, the faster the filter gets oily and dirty. When the oil and dirt are too thick, they might drip to the food. The food visual and taste might be wrecked. Those who cook occasionally should change the filter at least once a year.
2. Sneak a Window Fan
There might be no ventilation in the kitchen, but the room must at least have a window! In this case, the house owner could always take the window fan. It might look like misplaced things, but the fan does similar job to range hood. The air inside the kitchen will be sucked up, providing the needed air circulation throughout cooking process.
One thing to remember when installing the window fan: set the mode to “exhaust” instead of normal mode. Usually, the fan will blow cool air to the person. Make it work the other way around: the heat is absorbed and blown outside.
Some cooks might have windows just above the stove. Never take the option to put the fan there. It won’t work like range hood. In this case, the cooks should put the fan on the opposite side and run it normally.
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3. Put HEPA Filters
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Worst part of the kitchen is being build on the corner of the house, wet and damp even without any human activity. There is no window or chimney, just the cooking space. Even if the cooks make use of the fan, it cannot work effectively, as the air should make long way to the closest ventilation. As the result, the standard filter must be changed frequently.
Have heard about HEPA filter? It is a commercial product of portable air filter. Since it could be carried and placed anywhere, this item would be a great option for the impossibly small and cornered kitchen. The amazing thing about this filter is its absorbing level. While regular filter could only clean 15% or tiny particles, HEPA sweeps up around 99% of the micro sized particles in the air.
In addition, HEPA filter also have special product for those who suffer from lung problems such as asthma. It is particularly helpful to a kitchen that installs gas stove. The product is called “MCS” HEPA Filter. MCS stands for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
Another reason to fall in love with the portable HEPA filter is the stylish look and the functionality. The square shape has silver tone and the curtain like front face. It also does its job beautifully in the kitchen. The cooks only need to put the filter in cooking area. Keep in mind to calculate the room size before buying one. Each product has certain area coverage. One kitchen might need two HEPA!
4. Built Balanced Ventilation with Heat Recovery
Those personals who want to have small kitchen from the beginning should consider this option. First of all, this system is seamless. There will be no window or range hood in the room, but the air could be circulated thoroughly. To be exact, there is separated ventilation to absorb the smoke and heat. The fresh air will flow in from different ventilation.
As the result of such great combination, the small kitchen will stay fresh during and after cooking. Since this model needs special design, don’t forget to consult the house builders about it. The pipes must be stacked in a way that one will not bump into another. Also think about the outer side where the fresh air will be absorbed. The garden would be great source of the air that flows in.
Technically, there are two types of balanced ventilation with heat recovery. The standard one is called Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV). It is the most popular types, especially in area with colder climate. It could arrange the air flow inside the house. In the end, the house will be warm in winter and cool enough in summer.
Another version is called the Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV). Remember in winter when being warm is not the only need? Anyone must get enough humidity as well! Instead of spending double amount of money with single humidifier, the house owners could build the ERV. It also maintain the humidity level in the room.
How the perfect humidity helps with cooking? First of all, it makes the cook comfortable during the whole process. Second, the vegetable stays fresh longer, which is good for slow cooking recipe.
Small kitchen is a challenge, both for the interior and the ventilation. Just like the furniture, there are lots of ways to make the limited space has enough holes to suck the cooking smokes and odor. Choose one and try for yourself!