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3 Ways to Improve Commercial Kitchen Ventilation

April 19, 2022

We all know that the kitchen is the heart of any restaurant and having a proper ventilation system is crucial to your success. To maintain a cool environment in restaurants and commercial kitchens, you need to have two kinds of ventilation: necessary ventilation and general ventilation.  

Necessary ventilation includes exhaust hoods, vent hoods, makeup air, and fire suppression systems. General ventilation includes things such as shutters on the kitchen windows, opening doors and windows when the weather is cool outside, auxiliary or floor fans, to name a few.  

The kitchen may be the heart of the restaurant, but the other rooms, like the dining room, need to stay cool and have good air quality too. To ensure that proper ventilation is circulated throughout the entire restaurant, it is a good idea to install an HVAC system. It is estimated that restaurants use about 2X more energy per square foot than most commercial buildings out there, with most of that energy used on HVAC systems. HVAC promotes proper ventilation, air circulation and controls the temperature for kitchens and their accompanying dining rooms.  

Now that we have covered the basic principles of kitchen ventilation, let’s look at ways to improve it.  

  1. Install Pollution Control Units: Greenheck’s Grease Trapper™ and Grease Trapper ESP™ Pollution Control units are specifically designed to eliminate smoke and grease particles from your kitchen exhaust system, while odor control modules eliminate the remaining odor.

  2. Install Kitchen Exhaust Fans: Greenheck offers fans specifically made for commercial kitchens used for fume hood exhaust, grease exhaust, and smoke control. 

  3. Seal Gaps: To prevent additional air loss and improve ventilation, seal gaps behind cooking and ventilation equipment.  

Whether you are designing or revising a commercial kitchen ventilation system, our team of seasoned sales engineers can help you build the perfect system for your needs. Contact us today to learn more.  

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Laiken Kuykendall

Laiken Kuykendall

Laiken is the Digital Marketing Specialist for the Hoffman Family of Companies. She learns more about the commercial/industrial HVAC industry each day and enjoys sharing her best findings here!

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