Healthy Kitchens and Laundries
Your house has a huge impact on your health and well-being. When designing a kitchen, many people consider how the space will look, when they should be primarily concerned with how it will function.
The design should maximize efficiency and productivity, but it also must promote proper food safety protocols.
If you are using induction cooktops you may experience no problems with your appliances, however, a small number of people using induction cooktops will experience condensation forming in the areas surrounding the cooktop, including the rangehood filters.
Firstly, it is important to understand that neither the rangehood nor the induction cooktop are necessarily at fault. In some circumstances, the combination of the rangehood, the induction cooktop, and the many variables within the home can lead to condensation forming on the rangehood filters.
Some of these variables include, but are not limited to: home location (warmer vs colder climates), the position and layout of the home and kitchen (morning/afternoon sun), the quality of pots and cookware being used, distance from cooktop to rangehood, rapid induction cooktop heating, rangehood ducting angle and the rangehood’s filter size.
Ways to reduce the risk of condensation include making sure the rangehood is turned on 10 minutes prior to cooking and 10-15 minutes after cooking. This will make it more effective at increasing air flow.
A rangehood (if on high speed) can stop working effectively if it runs out of air to extract, so venting the home with fresh air will help the rangehood work more efficiently. Follow manufacturers’ instructions regarding installation heights above cooking surface and finally keep lids on pots when cooking.
It is important to match your induction cooktop with a rangehood suited to the amount of cooking you will do in the kitchen. Choose a rangehood that has the largest filter area possible and has an extraction rate over 800m3/hr
Ikon recommend their Flow-in product range which are a combination of downdrafts and induction cooktops in a single unit. Cooking odours are suctioned directly downwards from the hob into the extractor hood.
Be Food Safe
Being food safe is extremely important for a healthy home. Foodborne illness, or food poisoning, strikes about 200,000 New Zealanders every year*.
Hot foods must be stored above 63°C to prevent excessive growth of bacteria. Kleenmaid induction cooktops have a built-in function that will keep food at ‘food safe’ temperatures of 70°C which is easily above the recommended 63°C safe food temperature.
For those with allergy issues, Ikon’s Eco Sensitive washing machine incorporates a number of features designed to assist people suffering from asthma and allergy.
To remove dust mites, a significant irritant for asthmatics, clothes and bedding must be washed at greater than 55˚C.
The Kleenmaid Eco Sensitive Washing Machine washes at temperatures up to 90˚C, ensuring that dust mites are eliminated. Its high spin speeds and ability to provide four rinse options, helps in the removal of residual detergent.
The Allergy Safe program provides the peace of mind that comes from knowing that seven allergens and four bacteria types can be controlled while the Eco Sensitive is washing gently and economically.
*Sourced from New Zealand Food Safety (mpi.govt.nz)
Ikon are a Waikato based sink and kitchen appliance specialist. Their products are solution-based which solve typical kitchen design issues. Designed with style and function in mind, they are built to last with stainless steel sinks offering a lifetime warranty.
Ikoncommercial.co.nz Phone: 0800 83 83 84