Running a commercial food business is pretty complex. You need all the right kitchen equipment to cook, cool, and correctly store food. However, a truly safe kitchen requires more than just that. One of the most important elements to ensuring a kitchen functions smoothly is the right commercial ventilation system.
While a ventilation system may not get the same attention a brand new griddle or walk-in cooler may get, it is just as important. Ventilation systems treat the air in your cooking space by filtering out contaminants such as grease, smoke, carbon monoxide, and a whole host of other airborne particles. A good ventilation system will also remove heat from the kitchen and boost the fresh flow of air, creating a comfortable space for your employees.
The Main Components of a Ventilation System
So, just how does a commercial kitchen ventilation system work?
The right equipment is essential. Fan Services Ltd offers a commercial kitchen extractor fan installation and repair service throughout London and can advise on the best equipment for your establishment.
There are a range of regulations and codes to adhere to and each food service place will have specific demands of their system. Let’s look at the main components needed for a quality commercial system.
Commercial kitchens can make use of two particular types of hoods: great exhaust and heat exhaust hoods. Great exhaust hoods have extra slotted hood filters that will trap soot, exhaust, and grease which occur when you use deep fryers, char-boilers, and griddles. Heat exhaust hoods work to vent fumes and smoke from the equipment that creates a high level of heat, such as pizza ovens and convection ovens.
Exhaust fans work to ventilate your commercial kitchen and are typically mounted on the wall or roof of an establishment. Larger kitchens usually require more powerful exhaust fans to filter out and away from critical areas of the kitchen.
Air circulation is critical, both for your employee’s comfort, and your customer’s comfort. An exhaust fan works to draw air out of your kitchen and that air needs to be compensated or replaced. Sometimes, there will be enough natural air circulating, but other times you need a make-up fan that will help prevent air being pulled from your dining room. The fans are usually mounted close to exhaust fans and will pump fresh air back into your kitchen.
Ventilation systems need to be equipped with a fire-suppression system. Cooking tends to be the leading cause of restaurant fires, so a fire-suppression system that is connected to the hood system will help stop fires spreading. The piped system will be activated by high heat, or you can turn it on manually to extinguish a fire.
It is important to equip your restaurant will all the essentials for a ventilation system so that your equipment and employees can work in a safe and comfortable environment.