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5 Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Hood

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When you’re shopping for the right commercial kitchen exhaust hood, there are a number of things you’ll need to consider. Read on to learn all about them and then contact HoodMart with any additional questions.

Type 1 or Type 2

If you’ve already done some shopping for commercial kitchen exhaust hoods, then you’ve likely run across the classifications of Type 1 and Type 2. Put simply, Type 1 hoods are made to be liquid-tight and they come with a built-in fire suppression and prevention system. These are a good choice for kitchens who fry, broil, grill, or do other cooking that involves smoke and / or grease. Type 2 is right for kitchens where baking and steaming are the only type of cooking going on.

The exhaust rate is important

The amount of air that’s taken from your kitchen is classified in cubic feet per minute, also known as CFM. The rate you need your hood to work at depends on the amount of grease, heat, and smoke your appliances produce. If you don’t already have an idea about the exhaust rate that you need, then now is a good time to get more information from HoodMart.

What design is going to work for you?

Your basic options are proximity hoods, which are small hoods installed close to an appliance, wall-mounted canopy hoods that are installed over a bank of appliances, and island canopy hoods that are installed on the ceiling and used in an island configuration. For the most part, island canopy hoods will need the most exhaust volume.

Size and height must be considered

You’ll also need to decide on the actual size of the exhaust hood. You need to create a capture zone for your appliances. Most of the time, the hood should be large enough to extend beyond the area you have your appliances installed to ensure grease and smoke doesn’t escape around them. You also want it installed at the right height, which will vary based on what you’re cooking and the appliances you have.

Finally: Ventilation design

Choosing the design is as important as choosing the hood itself. You also need insulation, makeup air hoods, and a variety of other extras. While this process may seem complex and complicated, the truth is that all it takes is working with the professionals. HoodMart is here to make the process easy.

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