Fresher Air With Short Cycle Makeup Air Hood Systems
Short Cycle Makeup Air Hood Systems contribute to the overall cleanliness and reduce fire risks. They attract grease-laden vapors, moisture, heat, and dirt particles in the air and force them outdoors through fans and ductwork. Makeup air hoods are necessary to replace the lost air with fresh, outside air. The built-in makeup air unit removes the need to temper the outside air, increasing the ventilation performance and lowering the energy costs.
Benefits of Makeup Air Hoods
Short cycle makeup air hood systems improve the air quality, hood performance, energy efficiency, and working comfort in a food service facility. Commercial kitchen hoods run day and night under different cooking equipment to remove the excess heat, vapors, and foul odors. As a result, a considerable amount of internal air is vented out. Makeup air hoods bring in the fresh air and provide several other benefits.
Conventional exhaust hoods replace the internal air with outside air, too. However, this air needs to be tempered. If the outside temperature is low, it should be heated, or if the weather is hot, it should be cooled. The process requires a tempered air unit, which increases the upfront costs. The in-house supply air system in a makeup air hood will provide a steady flow of fresh outside air into your kitchen.
Short cycle makeup air hoods don't strain your HVAC system since they don't raise the ambient temperatures. Lack of replacement air will also cause pressure on exhaust hoods, lowering their ventilation performance. When you don't have a makeup air unit, your air conditioning system will have to work harder to balance the internal temperatures and air. The result is poorer ventilation and higher utility costs.
Makeup air hoods prevent negative air pressure, too. When the air inside is dumped out and not replaced with fresh air, outside air will try to find its way into your kitchen through any opening like drains or chimneys. This means all the bad smells and polluted air will leak into the kitchen and dining area. Even dirt particles may be swept onto food, resulting in an unpleasant dining experience for many customers. Makeup air fans can prevent such back drafting issues.
Short cycle makeup air hoods are also good for chefs and food prep staff. Traditional long cycle exhaust hoods inhale outside air and exhale it into the kitchen. Hot air blowing on whoever is working by a cooking appliance will cause an uncomfortable working area. Short cycle hoods' self-compensating design blows air into the center of the hood, not directly down on employees. The result is happier chefs focusing more on their culinary crafts.
Chef's Deal brings you stainless steel makeup air hoods with 2 or 3 fans and an optional fire suppression system manufactured by CaptiveAire, a leader on the hood market. You may also want to check out our other commercial kitchen hoods.