Commercial kitchens present unique ventilation challenges. Cooking equipment, body heat and numerous water-using appliances can make kitchens hot and humid while filling the air full of grease and the smells of various types of food. Not to mention, commercial kitchens are subject to a variety of building codes and standards. Having the right types of ventilation systems can help control all of these factors so that your employees are cool and comfortable while cooking and serving meals to your guests.
Common Air Quality Hazards in Kitchens
Grills, stoves, deep fryers, ovens, warming tables and drawers, sinks and dishwashers all contribute to poor air quality and poor air circulation in kitchens. Once all the equipment is turned on, heat, steam, smoke and grease particles all fill the air within a short period of time. If this hot, smoky, humid air is not properly ventilated, it can impact your employees’ productivity and health, and it can negatively affect the operation of your kitchen equipment. Supplemental mechanical ventilation can capture the air as it is produced by the equipment and cooking of food and vent it outside so that it does not contribute to heat exhaustion or the operation of your stoves, ovens and other appliances.
Types of Mechanical Ventilation for Commercial Kitchens
Here at Industrial Fans Direct, we offer many different types of mechanical ventilation for commercial kitchens that can help you keep the air clean and healthy, including air curtains, drum and barrel cooling fans, exhaust and supply fans and air circulator fans.
Air curtains are an extremely affordable way to keep outside air pollutants and fumes from entering your restaurant, cafeteria or dining establishment. Air curtains can be placed at the rear door of the kitchen to keep bugs, dust and dirt out of the kitchen area and at the front door to keep your climate controlled are inside your building. We offer sanitation, high performance and low profile air curtains with the ability to move up to 7,500 cubic feet of air per minute.
Drum and Barrel Cooling Fans
When you need to get hot, smokey and/or greasy air out of your kitchen fast, you can count on our drum and barrel cooling fans to get the job done. These high-performance fans are on wheels for easy maneuvering between rooms and have the ability to move between 2,501 and 40,000 cubic feet of air per minute. This means you can temporarily set them at your rear door to ventilate the kitchen, and you can use them to quickly dry your kitchen and dining room floors.
Our inline multi-purpose duct fans and square inline duct fans can add additional air to your preexisting ducted system. These fans can be placed on the intake or exhaust side of your ventilation system in order to increase airflow. This helps optimize the venting of greasy, hot, humid air to the outdoors and improves the amount of fresh air that your commercial kitchen receives. Our inline duct fans offer CFMs up to 7,500 and variable speed motors.
Pedestal fans are great for areas where you need additional air circulation, like back rooms, storage areas and offices. These fans can be plugged into any standard outlet and set to your desired speed. The osculating fan heads ensure that you get maximum air circulation in multiple directions. Our pedestal fans have CFMs between 2,501 and 15,000.
Roof Exhaust Venting Fans
Adding a roof supply fan and or rooftop exhauster fan to your kitchen is one of the most effective ways of controlling heat, humidity, grease in the air and smells from food. Our upblast and downblast roof exhaust fans are designed to quickly vent stale, hot, humid air, smoke and steam from your kitchen in order to better control temperature and humidity levels. Our roof exhaust supply fans have CFMs up to 40,000.
Roof Supply and Intake Air Fans
When it comes to roof supply fans, we offer hooded roof supply fans and filtered roof air intake fans. Our hooded roof supply fans protect the internal components of the fan with a metal hood so that you can get the maximum amount of lifespan. These fans have the ability to draw in between 801 and 55,000 cubic feet of air per minute so that you can maintain the required number of air exchanges per hour.
Our filtered roof intake air fans are designed to be used in conjunction with appliance hoods. These fans can easily be retrofitted into existing hoods in order to filter particulate matter and grease from the air supply before sending the clean air into the kitchen. The air filters on these hoods are washable and reusable. These make-up air fans offer CFMs between 1,501 and 10,000.
Wall Mounted Air Circulator Fans
If you have an area of your kitchen that stays hot or doesn’t receive enough airflow, a wall mounted air circulator fan can help. These fans can be quickly mounted to walls or posts and angled in the appropriate direction to help with cooling and heat and humidity control. These fans have CFMs between 2,501 and 10,000.
To learn more about our commercial kitchen fans, call us at 866-727-1060.