A kitchen exhaust system is a piece of equipment that is required in order for a kitchen to run. The system is there to collect heat and fumes produced by your cooking equipment and sending them outside. An effective ventilation system is able to keep the air in a kitchen free from bad odors that would inevitably collect over time. A bad one can be a fire hazard and suck up money due to the amount of unnecessary energy it is using.
Here are a few tips to ensure your kitchen exhaust system is running as efficiently as it can.
Have your hood on a large overhang. Typically hood ducts have a 4 foot area that overhangs your cooking equipment. If you have space, a 5 or 6 foot hood will be able to capture much more smoke right off of your equipment and not waste energy trying to suck in what it missed.
Position cooking equipment in best possible way. Placing your cooking equipment right against a wall is the most efficient way to keep your kitchen clean. With everything on the wall, only fumes produced while cooking will be captured in the exhaust system. This also allows clean air to remain in the kitchen untouched.
Installing an on/off switch. Many restaurants know they will experience times of high traffic and times of low traffic. Sometimes it makes sense to have your exhaust system running at full blast when things get really busy. When things slow down though, it can make a lot of sense to be able to turn the exhaust system off for a little and save on energy. Just make sure to get the system up and running again when things do get busy.
Keep hood filters clean. The hood filters are where exhaust from your kitchen are initially captured and enter your ventilation system. Over time, your hood filters will get blocked up by grease. A cleaning will need to be scheduled in order to get your system working as efficiently as possible. The more grease that has built up, the harder the hood has to work to collect all the fumes in the kitchen. Call CS Ventilation today to schedule a hood cleaning for your kitchen.
Making sure that your kitchen exhaust system is working efficiently will help save you money on energy bill and ensure your kitchen is safe. An effective ventilation system is one of the best ways to prevent restaurant kitchen fires.