Running a restaurant is like clockwork—everything needs to function at the right time to make sure that customers get the best experience possible. The competition is fierce, after all, and even small mistakes could be costly.
A well-integrated commercial hood is key to a fully functional kitchen because it filters out smoke, grease and steam produced by kitchen equipment to maintain good airflow in your restaurant. To ensure this, communication should be on top of your list:
Your needs are different from other restaurants
Although engineers have experience in installing a commercial hood, you know your kitchen better than they do. A good way to start your project would be to discuss with your team the challenges you may have with your existing system and what you think might help solve them. You can also give insights on design and budget so your team will know exactly what you want from the get-go.
You know how your kitchen functions
The usage of kitchen equipment is a big factor to consider in choosing the right commercial hood for your restaurant. Therefore, it would be smart to talk about your daily operations, especially the types of food that you prepare, so your engineer has an idea on the type of hood that would fit your needs best.
You have standards to follow
Like any other commercial project, integrating a commercial hood requires standards, guidelines and codes that need to be followed. If your restaurant is in a building, for instance, you might want to review internal building guidelines with whoever is installing your hood to make sure that you stay compliant. You should also communicate with your architect, kitchen consultant and local authorities in the early stages of your project to discuss about codes and criteria that need to be met.
This will save you from costly mistakes that could put a dent in your project.
You should consider your staff’s comfort
Your staff work day and night to serve your customers good dishes. Since they spend most of their time in the kitchen, it’s very important to include them in the planning process of your project. Working in a hot kitchen isn’t easy, but it can be addressed with proper ventilation. By determining the areas where your staff mostly are, your mechanical engineer can come up with a plan that will help improve ventilation in the space.
Any project should begin and end with proper communication, especially for important tasks like integrating a commercial hood into your restaurant. Without it, mistakes could pile up and the probability of success could decrease. You cannot take any chances, after all, because you’re putting your money and time on the line.
It also helps to work with the right people to make sure that your project is done right. From hiring the right engineer to working with a supplier who can manufacture commercial hoods that fit your exact specifications, you can never go wrong with choosing only the best ones for the job.
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