When you're finalizing the layout and design of your commercial kitchen, one of the things that you shouldn't underestimate is the importance of the exhaust hood. Choosing the right exhaust hood is essential for your kitchen to operate safely and comfortably. If you've never bought one before, you might not really know what you're looking for. Here's a look at some of the things that you should know before you make your choice.
What Hood Type Do You Need?
The first decision that you have to make is figuring out what type of hood you'll need in your kitchen. If you're installing the hood over a grill surface or fryers, you'll want to install a type 1 hood. These are specifically designed to draw away grease vapors in your kitchen. Deep fryers, griddles, grills, and similar equipment should have a type 1 hood. Other heat-producing appliances, like your range top, ovens, and similar equipment need a type 2 hood, which draws heat and steam away.
What Exhaust Rate Is Necessary?
The next thing to think about is the airflow exhaust rate you need in your kitchen. Measured in cubic feet per meter, your exhaust rate details how much air is drawn out of your kitchen and how quickly. Depending on the size of your kitchen and its airflow, you might need a higher exhaust rate to ensure that the air stays clear in the cooking area.
What Size Exhaust Hood Do You Need?
The different sizes and styles of exhaust hoods can help you find a style and model that fits flush on the wall over your cooking area or even hangs over a cooking island if that's how your kitchen is designed. Think about the workflow in your kitchen area so that you get the right exhaust hood that will fit properly over your cooking area to protect your kitchen.
Does Your Exhaust Hood Serve As Ventilation?
Some exhaust hood models do nothing more than draw air, and the contaminants that come with it, out of your kitchen. Other models serve as a ventilation source and draw fresh air into the kitchen as they exhaust out the cooking residue. Opt for a system that ventilates instead of just exhausts so that you get a balance of airflow.
These are some of the key elements that you need to consider when you buy exhaust hoods for your kitchen. Don't finish your commercial kitchen design without them. For more information about getting a kitchen exhaust hood, contact a service near you.