When you are starting up or upgrading your commercial kitchen, you want to focus on finding the right commercial range hood. Finding the right exhaust hood can make a significant difference in your kitchen. Below, we will be going over some of the top tips for choosing the right commercial range hood to purchase for your commercial kitchen.
Finding The Best Commercial Range Hood:
1. The Rate of Exhaust.
One of the most important things to look at and consider when you are shopping for a range hood for your commercial kitchen would have to be the exhaust rate that the hood is capable of achieving. This rate is defined by the amount of exhaust air that can be removed from your space. It is usually displayed or referred to in the number of cubic feet per minute or “CFM.” The overall rate that you will require if you have a commercial kitchen is going to depend on several factors. For one, it is going to depend on the amount of smoke, heat, and grease that is produced by the appliances that you are using and the food that you are generally cooking. For instance, if you are going to be frying a lot of foods, you are generally going to need a much more effective range hood than a restaurant that serves a lot of vegetarian food. At the same time, restaurants that offer open-flame cooking are going to have much more smoke to exhaust. Thus, you need to factor in all of the above in order to figure out what kind of requirements you have in terms of exhaust rate.
Another major factor that you are going to want to consider when you are looking to purchase a new range hood for your commercial kitchen would have to be the overall design and look of the hood. There are different designs and styles that you could opt for. The design that is likely going to interest you will depend on the other appliances that you have in the kitchen and their respective designs and materials. There are proximity hoods which are much smaller hoods that are typically mounted much closer to the appliance that you are looking to exhaust. There are different styles that you can choose from in this category. There is also wall mounted hoods that act as a canopy. These hoods are mounted directly to a wall and they are usually going to extend beyond the appliances that you are using overhead. Thus, they are going to be much bigger than the proximity hoods. The last option that you have available are island hoods which are meant to hang directly from the ceiling and they are usually used over a bunch of appliances that require exhaust that is in a straight line.
3. Different Types.
Another major thing that you are going to have to consider when you are shopping for commercial range hoods would be whether you need a type 1 or type 2 exhaust system.
Type 1 systems are designed to offer liquid-tight operation and these hoods even feature their own built-in fire prevention systems. Because of this, if your kitchen presents a fire risk, you will require one of these hoods. This means if you are cooking a lot of foods that generate grease and smoke.
Type 2 systems are primarily meant for appliances that either steam or bake. This is because these appliances are not going to present a fire hazard as they only generate moisture and heat. Thus, you can purchase a type 2 if you are only working with these appliances in your kitchen.
Overall, there are a lot of things that you will need to look at and consider when you are trying to figure out what commercial range hood to invest in for your kitchen. A lot is going to depend on what is in your kitchen already as far as appliances go, what your design is currently like, and whether or not you have specific exhaust requirements and safety concerns to address with the range hood. By figuring all of this out, you should be in a great position to find the right range hood for your commercial kitchen.