Are you looking for a commercial kitchen ventilation system? Did you know that commercial hood systems are the most important part of your kitchen ventilation? These hard-working systems help exhaust everything from grease and oil vapors to smoke, heat and humidity, and even cooking odors to make your kitchen and dining areas both safer and more comfortable.
So how do you know which kitchen hood system is right for you? In order to determine which kitchen ventilation system is right for you, you must first consider what equipment you are going to install the hood above. If it is a cooking appliance, you must consider the frequency and type of cooking as well as the fuel source. Let’s take a closer look at how to decide.
There are two basic types of commercial hood systems: Type 1 hoods and Type 2 hoods. Type 1 commercial vent hood systems are specially designed to be able to exhaust grease, oil, and smoke in addition to heat, moisture, and odors. They feature a bay of removable baffle filters that help extract oil and grease before it enters the rest of your ventilation and ductwork. They help reduce the risk of fire in your kitchen and are required over certain cooking appliances such as woks, fryers, and charbroilers. Nearly all types of cooking will require a Type 1 kitchen hood system.
Type 2 commercial kitchen hood systems are not designed to exhaust grease, oil, or smoke. They exhaust only heat and moisture as well as cooking odors. This type of hood is required over kitchen equipment that produces steam, such as a dishwasher or steam table. They do not use a hood filter.
The seven types of commercial hood systems carried by HoodFilters.com include food truck hoods, backshelf hoods, low profile hoods, pizza hoods, and condensate hoods. All of the kitchen ventilation system configurations we carry are manufactured to meet or exceed NFPA 96 Standard requirements and are ETL Listed and NSF Certified.
Choosing the right kitchen hood system is crucial to maintaining clean air and a comfortable environment but it’s also very important that you keep your kitchen ventilation system clean and well maintained. All parts of your ventilation system must be regularly cleaned. This includes the hood, hood filters, ductwork, and upblast exhaust fan. If any one part of your kitchen hood system is dirty, it will have a domino effect on the rest of it, causing it to work inefficiently and eventually break down.
To keep commercial hood systems in excellent shape, make sure you stick to a cleaning schedule based on the amount of cooking as well as the type of cooking. A kitchen hood system installed over a row of fryers or a wok station, for example, will require more frequent cleanings than a hood system installed over a soup station or a pancake griddle.
Some restaurant facilities choose to deal with major hood cleanings in-house, while others pay a professional kitchen hood system cleaner to come in and do the work. Hood filters must also be cleaned. This typically happens much more frequently than the whole system cleaning. Many restaurants clean their hood filters on a daily basis.
Routine maintenance of commercial hood systems is important. A well-maintained commercial hood system will last longer and work more efficiently than one that, for example, is running with an upblast exhaust fan that has a worn-out belt on its motor.
If you have questions about which kitchen ventilation system is best for your facility, give us a call at +1 877.394.9731 and speak with one of our product specialists. You can also email your questions [email protected] or live chat with us online.