Kitchen Ventilation, Getting It Right

 In ECH News

If you work in a commercial kitchen then you are going to know that they are hot, stuffy and incredibly busy places to be. With so many different cooking processes going on at the same time, it makes sense that the air is not going to be the cleanest to breathe, however, that doesn’t mean that you have to just accept this.
So, what steps do you need to take in order to ensure that your commercial kitchen is properly ventilated and that the air inside it is clean and fresh to breath? There are a number of things that you can do to make sure that your kitchen space is a little less stuffy.

Consider all the areas that need ventilation

One of the biggest issues that can come up with kitchen ventilation is that there are a number of cooking process all happening in one space. This means that you are going to need to consider all of these areas separately and make sure that you have the right ventilation in place to keep the entire kitchen air clean and easy to breathe.
Think about placement
It is all well and good having the right appliances and the right hoods and exhausts to draw the dirty air out of the kitchen. However, you need to think about where all these things are placed. Cooking equipment is best placed as far back against the wall, you also need to make sure that exhausts are placed directly over the appliances too. Hoods should be mounted on the wall and as aloo as possible so that they have the best chance of sucking up all that dirty air.

Ensure there is plenty of make-up air

It is hard to maintain the air in a busy commercial kitchen, so much so, that you are going to need to not only ensure that the dirty air is removed, but also that there is plenty of clean air moving back into the space too. Make-up air is the clean air from outside that is brought inside by your air conditioning or ventilation systems. You may find that you need to purchase an additional Make Up Air Unit in order to bring in as much air as you need, or ensure that you have a top quality Air Conditioning system, which is up to the task.

Speak to an expert

The thing to remember with commercial kitchen ventilation is that you are going to want to make sure that you have everything that you need. Chances are, however, that you are not exactly an expert in the process and the equipment that you need. This means that it makes sense to speak to someone who is, someone that not only understands the challenges faced within a commercial kitchen, but also who understands ventilation too.

Efficient Cool Heat have decades of experience working with commercial kitchen ventilation systems, contact us for more information.

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