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The extractor hood of tomorrow will be decorative and more ecological. The answers of a specialist. Interview by Bérangère Larivaud
What are the strong trends in terms of hoods?
Hoods with translucent glass, black or white, but also in bright colors like fuchsia or red are in fashion. Their forms evolve: straight and angular hoods have given way to cylinders or spheres which are suspended above a central island. The hood no longer only has the vocation of eliminating unpleasant odors from the kitchen but also of lighting the room and giving it its identity thanks to its design. The extractor hood becomes an object of decoration and distinction in the kitchen.
Can we equip ourselves with a quality hood, even on a small budget?
There are hoods with a power of 400 m3 / hour (which are sufficient for a room of 15 or 16 m2) at the entry level. It is electronics that drive up the price of hoods: digital screen, sensitive buttons, smoke sensors, etc. Having a good quality hood does not necessarily mean having an all options hood! When buying, we must also pay attention to the aesthetic finishes, which reveal the attention that the manufacturer pays to his products and therefore to the level of quality required by it.
Can we reconcile hood and sustainable development?
Indeed ! Hood manufacturers at European level are looking into creating an energy label for hoods. The engine and lamps are the primary sources of electrical energy. This is why manufacturers seek to reduce their consumption by using, for example, LEDs instead of incandescent lamps. The hoods are subject to environmental tax, the amount of which corresponds to the cost of recycling this family of products, ie € 2. Differentiated collection, prior to recycling the used hood, contributes to avoiding harmful effects on the environment and on health and promotes the recycling of materials.