Quick: What’s one of the most important pieces of equipment in your restaurant’s kitchen?
Did you answer your flattop grill? Or your oven? Or your fryers or refrigerator? Yes, all of those are important to keeping and cooking the food you serve to patrons. But there’s an often-overlooked piece of equipment that has an even more important job: To keep your kitchen contaminate-free, to reduce the risk of fire outbreak, to eliminate odors, and even alleviate the risk of disease.
All of those benefits are found within your commercial kitchen’s exhaust fans.
The functionality of exhaust fans are pretty straightforward while their benefits are immense. Fans simply move heat and contaminated air from the kitchen to the outside environment. Exhaust fans come in several different types.
First, up-blast fans are mounted on the roof on top of the exhaust stack. The up-blast fan expels the heat and air from the building to outside.
Second, utility fans, like up-blast fans are typically roof-mounted. They are usually placed where high-static pressure losses are found.
Lastly, there are inline fans. These are typically used as a last resort when exterior mounting is not possible. Inline fans are installed in the ductwork when there is sufficient space for installing a ceiling-mounted fan.
Though these exhaust fans function simply, they each carry an immense responsibility.
If you are designing or building your restaurant, keep in mind the multiple benefits that come when you install the right exhaust fans.
First, exhaust fans are a great fire preventative because they help to remove the hazards of grease, smoke and other combustible material from your kitchen.
Second, kitchen exhaust fans also remove unwanted odors and pollutants. An unsatisfactory exhaust fan may result in odors seeping out into the dining area. What’s worse, without the right exhaust fan, pollutants may contaminate the kitchen area as well as the walls and floors of your restaurant.
Lastly, because cooking releases extra moisture in the air, the air quality in your restaurant may become very humid without the proper exhaust fan. Not only that, mold, fungus, and mildew may result due to the added in-restaurant humidity.
Perhaps you already have an exhaust fan for your commercial kitchen, but it’s just not doing the job. Maybe it makes rattling or squeaking noises. Maybe it’s not powerful enough for the size of your kitchen and amount of cooking. Perhaps it is old and still presents a fire hazard for your kitchen.
Whether you need a new kitchen exhaust fan for your restaurant or you need to replace an existing exhaust fan, simply consult a trained professional to find the type of fan you need as well as the optimal placement.