Exploring Make Up Air Unit Gas Heaters: Understanding the Differences Between Direct and Indirect Fired Systems
Outside air in some climates require heating in the winter. Direct gas-fired and indirect gas-fired heaters are the two most popular means of heating incoming outside air. The purpose of the make up air units is to provide fresh air to buildings to compensate for the exhaust of the kitchen hood. The International Mechanical Code […]
What is Carbon Neutral, and What Does it Look Like in Practice for a Commercial Kitchen?
What is carbon neutral, and what does it look like in practice for a commercial kitchen? Many foodservice operators are recognizing the importance of minimizing their environmental footprint. Resources, such as energy, foodstuffs, and waste disposal, are under price and logistical pressure. It makes sense to carefully examine how an operation can utilize these resources […]
A Primer on Maintaining Your Commercial Kitchen Ventilation System
Proper maintenance of your kitchen ventilation system can sometimes be overlooked. Some requirements, such as duct cleaning, are code mandated, while others are discretionary. It is safe to say that maintenance is often viewed as an expense (from an accounting perspective, it is) but should be viewed as an investment in trouble-free operation. A commercial […]
What does a sustainable commercial kitchen look like?
We often hear of the necessity of sustainability. When it comes to commercial kitchens, what does that look like in practice? In particular, commercial kitchens and ventilation are essential in maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Inherently, the kitchen ventilation system uses energy; how does one reduce that impact and move toward sustainability? Considering that […]