You already know how important it is to choose the right stove for your commercial kitchen. But how much do you know about shopping for commercial exhaust fans?
Whether you are setting up your first restaurant kitchen, or thinking about renovating your commercial kitchen, here are 8 tips to help you choose the right exhaust fan.
1. Consider the type of stove you have
There are many models of commercial exhaust fans on the market, and the one you should choose will depend on the type of stove you have in your kitchen. How large is your stove? Is it a gas stove, or an electric stove?
2. Choose the right exhaust rate
The exhaust rate of commercial exhaust fans is measured in cubic feet per minute, or CFM. The exhaust rate you need will depend on many things, including the type of stove you are cooking on. A gas stove will require an exhaust fan with more CFM than an electric one.
3. Choose the right exhaust hood design
The type of exhaust hood you choose will also depend on the stove you are using, and on the design of your kitchen. You will have the choice between a proximity hood, a wall-mounted canopy hood, or an island canopy hood. Proximity hoods are the ones that require the lower CFM.
4. Pick the right size of exhaust fan
Ideally, the commercial exhaust fan you choose should have the same width as the surface of your stove. If the exhaust fan is too small, it won’t be efficient at removing smoke, grease and odors. If it’s too large for your stove, it won’t be energy efficient.
5. Decide if you need a fire suppression system
If you are broiling, grilling and frying food in your kitchen, you need a commercial exhaust fan with a fire suppression system. Look for a Type 1 exhaust hood. If you are only baking and steaming food, you only need a Type 2 exhaust hood with no fire suppression system.
6. Choose a model that is easy to clean
Your commercial exhaust hood, no matter which type it is, should ideally be cleaned every night. Therefore, choose a model that is easy to clean. A stainless steel hood will not get damaged as quickly as a painted hood when it gets cleaned regularly.
7. Search for a quiet exhaust fan
Just because a commercial exhaust fan doesn’t produce a lot of decibels doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. It only means it has been designed in a way that will help keep your kitchen quiet, which everyone working in it will appreciate.
8. Consider choosing a smart ventilation system
A commercial exhaust fan that comes with a smart ventilation system will only start working when it’s needed, and will stop when it’s not needed anymore. This will help you save a lot of money in the long run.