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The Importance of Commercial Kitchen Ventilation

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Earlier this month, AQE’s commercial kitchen exhaust team showcased our AUTOCLEAN® series of air cleaning systems at the annual AHR Expo. These state-of-the-art systems remove vapors, smoke, and other contaminants from the air with extreme efficiency, but why exactly does that matter for restaurant and business owners? Read on to learn about the importance of commercial kitchen ventilation.

The Need for Commercial Kitchen Ventilation

Cooking produces smoke, steam, and grease, which doesn’t seem like much during a home cooked meal. However, on a scale as large as a restaurant or commercial kitchen, these airborne contaminants pose a problem for your staff, customers, neighbors, and ultimately your business. Proper exhaust ventilation is the solution.

Health, Safety, and Comfort
Unmanaged, the airborne contaminants and odors produced when cooking can irritate eyes and skin, and even cause respiratory problems for cooking staff. Once you add in the heat from the stove and oven, the kitchen can become unsafe and uncomfortable if you don’t take the necessary precautions.

An effective exhaust ventilation system removes irritants from the air, protecting your staff and patrons while also supporting the HVAC system for temperature control.

Energy Efficiency
Sufficient ventilation leads to better airflow, increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system. In the long run, this leads to savings on utility bills and maintenance fees.

Odor Management
Odors from cooking and the food itself can’t be avoided in the kitchen. Properly arranged and maintained, however, your exhaust ventilation system can keep it from escaping into the restaurant or bar area where it can disturb customers.

How AQE Can Help

AQE’s Smokemaster® and AUTOCLEAN® series of air cleaners are specially designed for in-duct capture of smoke, grease, and odor-causing bacteria produced by commercial kitchen equipment. The units are engineered with electrostatic precipitation technology, utilizing dual-stage electronic precipitators to remove these airborne irritants with up to 99 percent efficiency.

AUTOCLEAN®: Extra Safety and Convenience
Keeping your kitchen exhaust system clean is crucial to its operation. As the name implies, our AUTOCLEAN® units are self-washing: An integrated, dynamic wash cycle optimizes performance with frequent and automatic electrostatic cell cleaning. It keeps itself clean for smooth, effective ventilation, leaving you and your staff focused on the restaurant.

Both the Smokemaster® and AUTOCLEAN® series by AQE feature a compact, modular design to match almost any size installation, along with many other high-performance features. Our experts will work with you to find the customized air cleaning solution to match you, your space, and your business. We’re committed to customer care and satisfaction, from first contact to well beyond the installation date.

Contact us to learn more.