Standard Exhaust Hoods vs. Makeup Air Hoods
You might think all hoods are alike, but they’re actually not. Each type of hood serves a distinct purpose and knowing the differences between a standard exhaust hood and makeup air hood will help you decide which is right for your commercial kitchen.
Standard Exhaust Hoods
All exhaust hoods are built to exacting standards in accordance with NFPA 96 and NSF specifications. These hoods help capture and contain byproducts created during cooking, like heat, steam, fumes, smoke, vapors, odors and grease. Standard exhaust hoods are generally made of stainless or galvanized steel, which makes them durable, resistant to rust and corrosion, and easy to clean and maintain.
Makeup Air Hoods
Makeup air hoods compensate for air lost to exhaust. A standard exhaust hood is constructed with internal makeup air or exhaust only. Makeup air hoods remove grease laden vapors from the air and also replace the air without causing negative air pressure in the kitchen. By doing so, a comfortable temperature is maintained for employees working in the kitchen, since they won’t have hot air blowing down on their head while they’re cooking and preparing food.
No matter which type of hood you choose, it’s important to understand what your kitchen requirements are. Knowing your requirements can help make your purchasing decision clearer.