Lighting for Restaurant Exhaust HoodsProper lighting is essential to any commercial cooking operation. That is why HoodFilters.com provides high-performance, safe, and energy-efficient lighting for restaurant exhaust hoods.

Our exhaust hood lights are UL listed, NFPA approved and designed to meet the rigors of a commercial kitchen. By installing adequate lighting in your cooking area, you will improve the working environment and help ensure the safety of your staff.

How LED lighting can benefit your restaurant

The average restaurant owner has hundreds of details to think about during any moment of the day, and kitchen lighting isn’t likely to be high on the list. However, your exhaust hood lighting can have a dramatic effect on both your energy usage, as well as the conditions of the kitchen. Continue reading


Most of you already know how crucial make-up air supply is to your commercial kitchen ventilation system. (If you don’t, be sure to check out this article.) But people often overlook the importance of using high quality metal mesh air filters. Not only will they increase your system’s performance and energy efficiency, they will also extend the life of your fan and motor.

First, let’s take a quick look at the different types of metal mesh air filters we carry. Then, read on to find out more about the advantages each one has to offer.

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Avoid disaster by preparing for common restaurant kitchen fire hazards.

Whether you operate a quick-service chophouse or a five-star bistro, your restaurant kitchen is a hotbed of flammable materials and high-powered cooking methods. If you want to avoid disaster, it’s important to remember that your fire safety standards are just as unique and important as the food you serve and the number of customers you attract.

Despite modern safety innovations and strict health and safety standards, disaster does strike thousands of kitchens every year. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, American fire departments respond to about 5,600 restaurant fires each year. These fires cost an estimated $116 million in property damage alone annually, in addition to 100 injuries and even a few deaths.

Is your kitchen prepared to minimize the risks associated with your cooking methods, materials, and equipment? Fire hazards are common in most restaurant kitchens, but you can decrease your odds of disaster if you understand the specific safety precautions that each hazard requires. Continue reading

Air Filter Spray

You can quickly and easily increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your commercial kitchen ventilation system with this simple and affordable method. By treating your metal mesh filters with air filter spray , you can help capture more dust, dirt, and sub-microscopic particles. A light coating is all it takes to improve your metal mesh filter’s performance and increase its arrestance.

Air filter spray is a slightly tacky, non-oily, water-soluble liquid adhesive that is applied to the leaving side of the filter. The filter spray extends the mechanical impingement of a filter by creating a positively charged surface that electrostatically attracts and traps negatively charged particles such as allergens and mold spores that would otherwise escape. Continue reading

Complete Guide to Restaurant Exhaust Fans

For the final entry in our Complete Guide to Restaurant Exhaust Fans blog series, we will offer some troubleshooting tips that can save you both time and money. If you haven’t already read the first three installments, be sure to start with Part One where we cover the basics of commercial kitchen upblast exhaust fans.

Commercial upblast exhaust fan units are typically very reliable, but every so often a problem may arise. Many times, instead of calling a technician, you can easily troubleshoot and fix the issue yourself. Continue reading

Restaurant Exhuast Fan Maintenance & Repairs

Now that we’ve covered exhaust fan basics including cleaning and general maintenance in parts one and two of of our Complete Guide to Restaurant Exhaust Fans blog series, we’ll focus on how to deal with a few common maintenance and repair issues.

While many repairs and mechanical problems require the expertise of a professional electrician or kitchen exhaust technician, routine maintenance can be as easy as ensuring the shaft bearings are greased or replacing a worn fan belt. These types of simple adjustments can be accomplished with a basic tool kit (hammer, Allen wrenches, socket wrench set, vise grips, nuts, bolts, washers, etc.)

Here are a few common issues you can easily take care of yourself. Continue reading

Restaurant Exhaust Fans Maintenance

In part one of this blog series we discussed the basics of restaurant exhaust fans as well as the two most commonly used upblast exhaust fans — belt drive and direct drive. Today we’ll be going over exhaust fan cleaning and general maintenance.

Restaurant Exhaust Fan Cleaning

Exhaust fans require cleaning on a regular basis in order to keep grease, dirt, and other contaminants from building up in the hood and ductwork, and a greasy exhaust fan will clog up the works in more ways than one.

Regular exhaust fan cleaning is necessary in order for your exhaust system to run efficiently and keep it in good working order. And one of the most important reasons to keep your exhaust fan clean is to reduce your risk for fire. In addition, exhaust fan cleaning is required by NFPA fire codes and may also be enforced by state and local laws. Continue reading

One of the most important parts of a commercial kitchen ventilation system is the upblast exhaust fan. It’s a hard working piece of equipment that must be functioning properly at all times.

For that reason, we get more questions about exhaust fans than any other product. Whether you’re looking to buy, replace, or repair a fan…there is a lot to know.

Restaurant Exhaust Fan Guide eBook

That’s why we created a new eBook – The Complete Guide to Upblast Exhaust Fans. Using that book, we are publishing a 4 part blog series that will cover everything you need to know about restaurant exhaust fans including:

  • Exhaust Fans 101
  • Cleaning & Maintenance Guidelines
  • Safety Tips
  • Troubleshooting & DIY Repairs

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The Complete Guide to Upblast Exhaust Fans

Upblast exhaust fans are an essential part of any commercial kitchen ventilation system. Whether you’re purchasing a new rooftop ventilator, or want to learn more about the proper maintenance and troubleshooting of your existing upblast fan, our new guide is an indispensable tool with all the information you need.

The experts at HoodFilters.com have put together The Complete Guide to Upblast Exhaust Fans to help you with everything from how to select the right type of upblast exhaust fan to proper maintenance, repair tips and answers to frequently asked questions. Best of all, it’s completely free! Continue reading

Air Filter MERV Ratings

What is a MERV?

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, is a scale that rates the effectiveness of air filters. Created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 1987, air filter MERV ratings relate to the relative effectiveness of the filters they’re assigned to.

How Do MERV Ratings Work?

Filters are rated on two different performance factors as measured by testing both the upstream and downstream airflows of a given air-cleaning appliance. The first factor evaluated is how effective a filter is in removing large (greater than 1 micron in size) particles like pollen, pet dander, and byproducts from dust mites. The other factor is efficiency in filtering out particles less than 1 micron in size, such as smoke from cooking or tobacco, household dusts, bacteria, viruses, and even benzene gas. (As a matter of perspective, the eye of a needle (depending on the type of needle, of course) is somewhere in the 500-200 micron range.)

What is the Best MERV Rating for Your Needs?

Given that some 98 percent of all indoor air particles are under one micron in size, a filter’s ability to remove these minute yet potentially harmful specks is especially important when it will be used to improve the quality of indoor air. Continue reading