The kitchen exhaust (KEX) system is probably one of the most ignored appliances in the kitchen. After all, there are better things to focus one’s attention to than kitchen grease, like glorious food!! Yet to disregard this system underestimates its importance and the role it plays in reducing smoke, odour and most importantly, the risk of fire.
As grease builds up in the KEX over time, clogged filters, ducts and fans lead to its overall inefficiency. Lingering smells and an unusually hot kitchen environment start to become problematic. Most notably, however, this accumulation of grease and fat within the system is going to lead to an imminent fire hazard.
Routine duct cleaning of this build-up greatly minimises the damage that could otherwise be caused. Someone’s life could depend on the fact that the fire could be contained.
Legislation, standards, and insurance requirements thus impose strict regulations on KEX hoods including regular inspections, routine maintenance, and duct cleaning.
Apart from the safety and health benefits, improved productivity through more comfortable staff – and reduced energy bills from clean fans and ducts – can also contribute to the bottom line ($$$).
It is, however, a double-edged sword, as the routine duct cleaning is also a substantial expense for commercial operators. Savings made are ultimately “eaten up” again (pardon the pun) when the next clean falls due.
What’s worse, grease build-up between scheduled cleans is also common. This accumulation between cleans can mean the kitchen rises to a level of risk yet again:
“Get a clean system and keep it that way!”
Stopping up to an unprecedented 98% of airborne grease from getting past the filter and into the KEX, Shepherd disposable kitchen grease filters ensure that grease build-up is heavily reduced for the long-term.