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Kitchen Hood Installation: Frequently Asked Questions
In order to elevate your cooking game, but also assure your restaurant’s safety, it’s necessary for you to acquire a sleek and powerful kitchen hood. A lot of questions arise regarding this important piece of equipment, especially whether they are really necessary or not, what’s the best way to maintain them, how to install them and what types of hoods are out there.
Frequently asked questions regarding kitchen hood installation
Why is it important to install a vent hood in your commercial kitchen?
Having a properly installed system of ventilation is crucial for a commercial kitchen for two main reasons. Firstly, it maintains a clean environment in the restaurant by preventing the accumulation of grease and unpleasant odors caused by food, which is essential for a good work environment and a pleasant atmosphere for your guests. Secondly, proper ventilation reduces the risk of kitchen fires caused by excessive grease buildup.
How much does it cost to install a vent hood?
The cost of installing a range hood usually ranges from $400 to $1,500, with an average cost of $750. If you’re installing a ductless range or replacing an existing range hood with ductwork already in place, the cost reduces significantly. However, if you’re installing a ducted range hood with new ductwork, the cost will be closer to the higher end of the range.
In any case, it always varies depending on a number of factors, such as the complexity of the installation, the type of hood being installed, and the location of the installation.
What size or type of hood should I choose?
When choosing a range hood, you can either choose a vented or an unvented hood. Vented hoods are more effective at removing grease, smoke, and unpleasant smells from the kitchen and typically have higher cubic feet per minute (CFM) ratings. Unvented hoods filter air through a carbon filter and recirculate it back into the kitchen. Bear in mind the size of the hood depends on the size of your cooktop or range. As a general rule, the hood should be at least as wide as the cooktop.
How high should I mount my hood above the cooktop?
The hood should be mounted approximately between 24 and 30 inches above the cooktop or range. If you have a high ceiling or a cooktop with high heat output, you may need to mount the hood a little higher.
Can I install a hood over an island cooktop?
Yes, island hoods are designed specifically for use over an island cooktop. They are typically mounted to the ceiling and vented to the outside.
What kind of maintenance does a kitchen hood require?
Regular cleaning is essential to keep your hood functioning properly. You should clean the filters and the hood’s interior surfaces regularly to prevent grease buildup and ensure the optimal performance of your vent hood. Learn more about how often should your restaurant have its vent hoods cleaned here!
Can I install a hood myself, or should I hire a professional?
It’s highly recommended to hire a professional for kitchen hood installation as they have the necessary tools and experience to properly install the hood and ensure that it’s vented correctly.
If you are looking for a professional team to do a cleaning service or to install your vent hood in Houston, contact us at Protech. We have 35+ years of experience in the industry and are happy to help you out. If you have any questions, call us at 281-933-3330 and we’ll be happy to help you.