Kitchen Exhaust System Explained
Breathe Easy with Lotus Filters
Commercial kitchen exhaust systems are engineered to generate clean air flow, while extracting cooking vapour, steam and particulates.
The exhaust fan draws contaminated air through the grease filters in the canopy, into the duct work, before expelling it from the building.
With regular maintenance and cleaning from Lotus Filters, your exhaust system will perform at its best, delivering clean, fresh air to your business, your staff and customers. That’s why we say, with Lotus Filters, you really can breathe easy!
Guide to Kitchen Exhaust Service
Exactly how often the elements of your kitchen’s exhaust system will require cleaning, will depend on your kitchen and the type of food preparation being conducted.
Use the below details as a guide for how often you should have your filters, canopy rangehood and exhaust systems cleaned.
|Clean all filters in these hoods||Offsite Cleaning (Lotus Filters)|
|Filters in hoods over wood or charcoal grills, fast food grills or fryers, 24-hour grills or flat tops, rotisseries, char broilers, or woks||Multiday or weekly exchange of all filters in hoods of this type|
|Filters in hoods over deep fryers, flat top grills, moderate-use char broilers||Biweekly exchange of all filters in hoods of this type|
|Filters in hoods over high-use ovens, stoves, convection ovens, Henny Penny fryers, moderate-use hoods||Monthly exchange of all filters in hoods of this type|
|Filters in hoods over low-use ovens, stoves, convection ovens, any other low-use hood||Bimonthly exchange of all filters in hoods of this type|
|Type or Volume of Cooking||Offsite Cleaning (Lotus Filters)|
|Systems serving solid fuel cooking operations, systems serving high-volume cooking operations, such as 24- hour cooking, charbroiling, or wok cooking||Multiday or weekly exchange of all filters in hoods of this type|
|Systems serving moderate volume cooking operations||Biweekly exchange of all filters in hoods of this type|
|Systems serving low-volume cooking operations, such as moderate-use churches or senior centres||Monthly exchange of all filters in hoods of this type|
|Systems serving low-volume cooking operations, such as low-volume use churches, day camps, seasonal businesses||Bimonthly exchange of all filters in hoods of this type (during season or when in use)|
|Perceived level of grease production||Typical example||Up to 6 hours||6 – 12 hours||12 – 16 hours||16+ hours|
|Low||No significant production of grease laden aerosols during normal daily food production operations||12||12||6||6|
|Medium||Moderate production of grease laden aerosols during normal daily food production operations||12||6||4||3|
|High||Heavy, significant or continual production of grease laden aerosols during normal daily food production operations||6||3||3||2|
Every commercial kitchen exhaust is however still unique, and your system may need cleaning less or more often depending on a number of factors. For recommendations on individual systems, contact us for a free, no-obligation quote.
Kitchen Exhaust – Frequently Asked Questions
Why can’t I clean the filters myself?
Canopy and filter cleaning is a highly dirty and smelly job and unless you are properly trained in filter cleaning, you probably aren’t cleaning your filters properly. Giving your filters a quick spray down or wipe is not only insufficient; you open yourself up to breaching EPA regulations and contributing to a greater risk later. It is always safer to go with a professional service provider that has the right equipment, knows how to clean the filters properly and dispose of waste in accordance with environmental regulations.
The kitchen is clean, how do my filters get dirty?
Regardless of whether your kitchen is clean or not, your filters will always get dirty. It is a build-up of oil and grease from cooking and cannot be avoided. Even though your filters may be sparkling on the outside, it does not mean the inside looks the same.
Why do I need to get the filters cleaned?
Professionally cleaning your filters eliminates bacteria, grease and fat build up, reduces fire hazards, improves staff safety and is a requirement of Australian Standard AS1851-2012. Insurance claims can be rejected if you cannot prove that your filters, canopy and exhaust system have been professionally cleaned and maintained.
What happens if I don’t clean my filters, canopy rangehood and exhaust system?
There will be a dangerous build-up of grease and oil, which increases the risk of fire.
Why is fire a risk?
When grease has built up in a kitchen filter, canopy rangehood and exhaust system, it acts as a fuel that only takes the smallest spark to ignite. The bigger the grease build up, the greater the fire-risk.
Why choose Lotus Filters?
Lotus Filters is Australia’s leading commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning company, fully insured and accredited. Lotus Filters will meet with you to understand the requirements and needs of your business. Lotus Filters has invested in systems which allows us to schedule your service, so you’re never left wondering when your kitchen filters should be exchanged, your canopy rangehood or your exhaust system next cleaned.