FAQ Range Hoods


How can I get rid of unpleasant smells in the kitchen?

Turn the extractor hood on, then put a pan of water with some added lemon juice and vinegar on the stove and heat it up for half an hour. Certain hoods feature a delayed shut-off function that keeps them running for a certain time after you've finished cooking in order to remove cooking smells and improve air quality.

How can I ensure the hob is well lit?

Good illumination of the hob is important. This is why all wall-mounted and island extractor hoods feature at least two halogen lamps. They give a bright, though not glaring light creating a pleasant atmosphere.

Are there specific aspects I need to pay attention to concerning the air ducts?

The air ducts should be as short and straight as possible. Every additional metre or bend will obstruct the airflow and reduce the hood's performance.

Is it important to have the hob well covered by the hood?

The better the hood covers the hob, the better its performance. This is why we recommend hoods that are extractable. With wall-mounted and island hubs it is particularly important to ensure the hob is well covered.

How do I calculate the required air throughput of my extractor hood?

Particularly during the winter months, you don't want to waste good money by unnecessarily expelling air from a well heated home through the hood's air ducts. The required air throughput is calculated using a simple formula. Deduct 20% from your kitchen's volume (m3) to account for the furniture. Then multiply by a factor of 6 to 10, depending on the kitchen's size: for a large kitchen, multiply by 6, for a small one multiply by 10. The result is the required air throughput.

Can I use the dishwasher to clean the grease filters?

All metal grease filters should be cleaned regularly in the dishwasher. This ensures that the filters retain a high grease absorption capacity and grease particles are less likely to stick to the inside of the extractor hood.

What is the difference between a vented extractor hood and a ductless one?

A vented hood conducts the extracted air directly outside the residence. With a ductless hood, an activated carbon filter cleans the air before releasing it back into the kitchen.

What different kinds of extractor hoods are available?

Fitted extractor hoods are installed in wall cabinets. If there are no wall cabinets, you can install a designer wall hood. Obviously, an island kitchen will require an island hood.

What is the most efficient way to use an extractor hood?

If you turn the hood on a few minutes before you start cooking, it will establish a good air current in advance. After the roasting phase is completed, you can set the hood to a lower level.

What makes the extractor hoods particularly user-friendly?

With many extractor hoods, the controls are positioned so as to protect them from food and grease splashes.

How frequently does the activated carbon filter need to be changed?

Various models can be fitted with a longlife filter that will last for approximately three years. You can clean it in the dishwasher and dry it in the oven. Regular activated carbon filters should be changed about every three months.

Should I keep a window or door open while the extractor hood is running or should they be shut?

To perform well, extractor hoods require a sufficient air supply. This can be ensured by opening a kitchen window or door. Insufficient air supply can lead to low pressure, which will cause the hood to generate significantly more noise.

How does perimeter extraction work?

Between the glass plate and the beautifully crafted, matte hood casing there is a narrow slit through which the cooking fumes are sucked with high speed. Perimeter extraction ensures optimum suctioning over the entire surface of the glass ceramic hob.

For what type of building would you recommend a MinairComfo extractor hood?

The MinairComfo hood was developed for buildings constructed according to the Swiss MINERGIE® sustainability norm (www.minergie.ch/home_en) and fitted with a comfort ventilation system.

What does the MINERGIE® sustainability norm stand for?

Living in a MINERGIE® house means worrying less about rising energy prices. There are a number of different MINERGIE® concepts, such as the passive energy or low energy building, but they all share one crucial construction feature: the building envelope is airtight and extremely well insulated to prevent the loss of warm air and consequently of the precious energy used to heat it. Highly advanced ventilation systems ensure a well-aired interior in spite of the airtight building envelope. The patented ventilation system in V-ZUG Minair appliances is ideally adapted to these systems, making sure kitchen odours are evacuated efficiently and quietly.

Why is it important to consider headroom when installing an extractor hood?

In cooking as in other things, it's important to keep your head clear. In the context of a kitchen, this means you’ll want all the freedom of movement you can get without risking bumping your head against some obstacle. Slanted hoods support your cooking by their efficient performance. Their special design means they can keep in the background to give you optimum flexibility and freedom of movement.

What makes the MinairComfo hoods so incredibly quiet?

A very clever set-up: the hood motor is located in the comfort ventilation appliance, giving the hood an air output of 280m3/h. This is why V-ZUG MinairComfo hoods offer such an incredibly low noise level. In comparison: A pan of boiling water creates 52dB(A) of noise.