Selecting the Right Hood
In any kitchen, the selection of the ventilation equipment is just as important as the selection of the cooking equipment. There are three major components to an effective kitchen ventilation system (hood canopy, blower system, and ducting). These components must work together in unison to provide proper ventilation. Any deficiency in one of these three areas may result in the range hood not performing to its full potential. Before proceeding to the selection of the correct kitchen ventilation system, the type of cooking equipment must be determined. The hood components should be designed to handle the heat output of the cooking equipment, measured in watts for electric cooking equipment, and BTUs for gas cooking equipment.