The filters should be changed every 3 months to ensure optimum extraction performance, although this may vary depending on what kind of cooking you normally do and how often. If you have a Smeg rangehood with electronic controls, an indicator light will tell you when it's time to change the filters. Clean filters are essential for optimum hood performance.
Perimeter filtration systems, a feature of certain Smeg rangehoods, offer extremely quiet operation and very effective extraction.
We recommend using a neutral detergent spray, or hot, soapy water and dry with a microfibre cloth. To avoid scratching and leaving permanent marks on satin stainless steel, always clean with the grain and never against it. The use of solvents or reactive substances should be strictly avoided.
Ducted rangehoods (Extractor rangehoods) offer the best performance by extracting the cooking fumes from the kitchen and expelling them to the outside via ducting. If you opt for a ducted rangehood, your rangehood installer will connect the ducting to the rangehood vent outlet and direct the extracted air to the outside of the building. The diameter of the ducting can vary, but can be obtained from the product's detailed specification sheet. Ducting is purchased separately to the rangehood. Non-ducted or filter rangehoods are designed for kitchens where there is no external vent or ducting. The rangehood extracts cooking fumes and passes them through active charcoal filters, recirculating the cleansed air back into the room. Talk to your installer about the best solution for your home to determine if ducting is possible.
If your cooktop is electric, the Australian Standards require a minimum of 600mm free space from the cooktop to the rangehood. If your cooktop is gas, the Australian Standards require a minimum of 650mm free space from the top of the trivet to the rangehood. Please be sure to use a licensed plumber or gas-fitter for correct installation and adherence to the appropriate building codes and standards which vary in each State of Australia. Failure to comply with regulations and faulty installation, may effect your warranty.
Island rangehoods are installed from the ceiling or bulkhead in the middle of the room or directly above the cooking area such as an island bench. Chimney rangehoods, as their name implies, extend down the kitchen wall. It's important to take into consideration your choice of rangehood (island/chimney/integrated into the cupboard) and your ducting options before you select a rangehood.
Stainless steel filters are dishwasher safe, while aluminium filters should be hand washed using a neutral detergent and non-abrasive sponge, then rinsed and dried thoroughly. Aluminium filters may discolour in the dishwasher due to high washing temperatures and harsher dishwasher detergents.