When Do I Need An Exhaust Hood System?

If you are running any type of restaurant or commercial kitchen space with equipment, you may or may not need an exhaust hood set up. If you are working with gas equipment you will almost always  be required by local code to have an exhaust hood system, but if your kitchen space is using electric cooking equipment it is possible that you may be able to get away without a commercial exhaust hood set up. So how can you be absolutely certain?


Well for one - check your local fire and health codes. These codes and laws will vary county to count, and are strictly enforced by health and fire inspectors. Your local code will more than likely clearly outline whether equipment such as griddles, rangers, and fryers will require an exhaust hood. In some counties it may not depend on the equipment you are using and rather depend on the type of food you are cooking. Cooking with grease almost always requires an exhaust hood system, and since you can use grease on electric oven and griddles it is possible that your local code will require an exhaust hood.


So really in the end the best way to determine whether or not you need to install an exhaust hood system is to check your local health and fire codes. You can check the following link from the USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service if you need resources or help contacting local health services - click here. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of exhaust hood systems - from Compensating (Short Cycle) to Perforated Supply Plenum PSP - as well as all exhaust hood accessories such as no weld Grease Duct, hood filters, canopy hood lights, and curbs. We also offer a wide range of walk-in refrigeration systems to meet your needs.   If you still have questions regarding the purchase of your hood system, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.866.692.5872 or by contacting us through our live chat system.