Exhaust Hood Pre-Purchase Guide

When setting up your commercial kitchen it is imperative that you purchase the right exhaust hood for your business. The proper exhaust hood, along with proper hood maintenance, will allow your commercial space to run seamlessly with minimal risks of closing due to problems or repairs. The hardest task may not even be the installation but the actual purchase to ensure you get everything correct to ensure you are buying the perfect exhaust hood system. HoodMart’s experts are here to help guide you through the hood buying process, and you can contact us at any time either over the phone or through our live chat. Our experts have also helped compile a list of pre-purchase tips that will help assist you with some pre-purchase questions you may have.

Does Your Kitchen Have Specific / Unique Needs?

Every kitchen is unique and thus may possess some unique requirements from your hood system. Any exhaust hood system should be able to capture smoke, steam, heat, odors, and moisture - that’s standard. If your kitchen includes appliances such as fryers, smokers, and griddles you are going to need a hood that will also capture grease. Be sure to understand your kitchen’s unique set of requirements when looking to purchase your hood system.

What Are The Space Requirements For Your Hood?

When purchasing your hood be sure to take into consideration your space requirements - not just for the actual hood system itself, but for the appliances that are going to be running underneath it. There are guidelines set in place by the National Fire Code (NFPA) that state that a commercial hood exhaust should be at least 6 inches longer on each side than the equipment underneath it. Be sure to take proper measurements before purchasing your system to be sure you meet these guidelines.

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 hood filters, canopy hood lights, and curbs. 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 1.800.715.1014 or by contacting us through our live chat system.