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New Study Explores the Relationship between good  Indoor Environmental Quality in Commercial Kitchens and Exhaust hood performance.

kitchenventilation.com has written multiple articles on understanding the importance of good indoor air quality in commercial kitchens and how IEQ sensors can improve indoor air quality (read the article). ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) published a peer-reviewed study on the impact of PM2.5 (particulate matter 2.5 microns) on the Chef’s […]

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Demand Controlled Kitchen Ventilation System Different Sensors

Demand Controlled Kitchen Ventilation Systems Sensors, how do they differ, and how are they the same?

An update on the technology used in Demand Controlled Kitchen Ventilation Systems. The introduction of thermal imaging sensors. The number and type of demand control systems for commercial kitchen ventilation systems have grown significantly in recent years. This can be attributed to several factors, principally the adherence to ASHRAE 90.1 ventilation standard. This is the […]

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Heat Recovery for Commercial Kitchens

Heat Recovery in Commercial Kitchens

With the energy intensity of commercial kitchens, there are some significant opportunities to recover waste heat, save energy and reduce your carbon footprint. The most obvious area to recover heat is the kitchen exhaust hood. The typical temperature coming off the exhaust collar is approximately 100⁰ F. Recapturing that heat has its challenges since the […]

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Solid Fuel Cooking

Solid Fuel Cooking Operations

Why are they different than non-solid fuel cooking operations and what are best practices when used with a Pollution Control System? As the name implies, Solid Fuel cooking operations are any cooking equipment that utilizes solid fuel for cooking the food product as opposed to using solid fuel for flavoring. Gas-operated equipment that uses solid […]

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Improve Comfort Pizza Kitchen

Improve Comfort and Save Money in Your Pizza Kitchen

In today’s highly competitive labor market, restaurant owners need to find ways to differentiate themselves to attract and retain top talent to their teams. One way that’s often overlooked is the comfort of the working environment. For restaurants, this translates into improving the comfort of the kitchen. Not only does a hot kitchen drive down […]

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replacing fusible links in life safety systems

Replacing Fusible Links in Life Safety Systems

The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2017 there were 499,000 structure fires.  72% of these fires occurred in residential occupancies leaving a remaining 139,720 in occupancies other than residential.  While property damage resulting from these fires was in the billions the focus of this article is protection of life safety in commercial and […]

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Automatically activating the exhaust ventilation system - kitchenventilation

What are the Requirements for automatically activating the exhaust ventilation system when the appliances are turned on?

The International Mechanical Code (IMC) provides the answers to the question. Chapter 507.1.1 Operations spells out the requirements for automatic activation of the exhaust system when appliances are turned on. If a kitchen ventilation system has demand ventilation controls, they satisfy the requirements. In the absence of such controls, other means need to be applied. […]

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Indoor Environmental Quality Sensors for Commercial Kitchens and Restaurants

Why Is Indoor Environmental Quality Important in Commercial Restaurants?

Thermal comfort is typically used when we are discussing how staff and customers feel in a restaurant and is typically evaluated using measures such as the temperature and relative humidity in the space. Indoor air quality is typically used to define how “clean” the air is that the staff and customers are breathing in a […]

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fire safety in commercial kitchens

Fire Safety in Commercial Kitchens

Fire safety in commercial kitchens is mandated by code. It makes sense simply from a practical standpoint to embrace fire safety to preserve life and prevent property loss. A quick overview of the leading cause of fires in restaurants’ ventilation systems is presented here. In addition, why do they happen, and are they preventable? According to […]

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Fire Suppression Manifold System

What are the fire suppression requirements for a shared or manifold duct system?

A recent article in kitchenventilatio.com explored Food Hall and Mixed-Use Retail property kitchen ventilation design. These designs can be challenging in the best of circumstances and require detailed scope definition to ensure all elements are identified. Another aspect of Food Hall and Mixed-Use systems is that they lend themselves to shared or manifold grease exhaust […]

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