Clean baffle filters are the first step in preventing kitchen fires from spreading through the vent hood and into the rest of the exhaust system.
The best way to maintain the exhaust system is to clean hood filters on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. Additionally, fire code regulations require that filters are kept clean and in good working order.
A filter that is clogged with grease does not allow the system to “breath” properly and can cause premature failure of the fan motor, smoke to escape outside of the kitchen, thereby creating an imbalance in indoor air quality. A thorough cleaning is the only way to ensure hood filters don’t become overly clogged with grease, which can cause the following problems:
Depending on your cooking volume, baffle filter maintenance should take place monthly, weekly or even daily. The most effective cleaning methods include:
Whether you choose to clean the filters yourself or hire a vent hood cleaner to do the job, preventing an excess amount of grease build-up ultimately helps to reduce your risk of kitchen fires and prevent the need for costly repairs. Maintain a clean kitchen and promote safety by making baffle hood filter cleaning a top priority.