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Restaurant Exhaust Hoods

When Are Restaurant Exhaust Hoods Used?

Restaurants take pride in serving a wide variety of succulent meals. It is their goal to provide their customers with an enjoyable and mouthwatering experience. Most restaurants regularly serve several different dishes, all of which are available for order at the same time. This presents them with a challenge, as they must still foster an environment where each customer can focus on the aroma of their own meal without too much contamination from the other dishes being prepared simultaneously. In order to attain this particular airflow environment, restaurants employ the use of restaurant exhaust hoods.

In addition to cleaning the air in eating establishments, restaurant exhaust hoods are also excellent safety devices. They can serve as fire suppressors, which could be essential pieces of machinery in a business where fire is often used in the production of their main wares. There are quality standards that need to be met by each exhaust hood, which helps to ensure that all restaurant workers and patrons are kept safe during an event where fire suppression becomes necessary.

Types Of Restaurant Exhaust Hoods

Custom hoods, standard hoods, and ventless hoods are all types of restaurant exhaust hoods commonly installed in these environments, often working in conjunction with an exhaust fan. Most are constructed from stainless steel (deluxe hoods) or aluminized steel (economy hoods), with hybrid hoods employing a mix of the two types of materials.

Custom restaurant exhaust hoods are fitted specially to meet the requirements of a certain restaurant location. They are made to work with the current HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system that is already functioning in the restaurant. This allows the business to install restaurant exhaust hoods relatively easily, since a complete overhaul is not necessary to install this additional product.

Standard restaurant exhaust hoods are also referred to as canopy hoods. They are suspended mechanisms that work as ventilators to exhaust odor, heat, water vapors, and other materials, although they would be ineffective with hazardous materials (a chemical fume hood is needed in those types of situations).

Ventless hoods are portable restaurant exhaust hoods. They are able to work in any type of restaurant situation, as they only require a location to plug in for power and then they are able to start filtering the air. The ventless hood is a perfect option for restaurants that does not have an appropriate duct or HVAC system for other possible restaurant exhaust hoods.

How Can Restaurant Exhaust Hoods Work Effectively

Restaurant exhaust hoods are usually the most effective when they work in conjunction with an exhaust fan. The exhaust fan is generally located on the roof of the restaurant, above the exhaust hood. The fan is able to move the smoke, steam, heat, grease vapors, and soot that the exhaust hood collects to an area outside the building, which allows anyone inside the restaurant to enjoy clean air, free from extra vapors. It is also important the the hood cover the entire cooking range to ensure it filters any and all contaminated air. In addition to saving on energy costs, restaurant exhaust hoods help to keep both customers and chefs happy and comfortable, and therefore they help to keep business thriving.