Introduction to Variable Ventilation

[fa icon="calendar"] Mar 31, 2015 4:35:00 PM / by Franke

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What if you had an extra employee completely dedicated to the effective ventilation of your commercial kitchen? What would his or her job description be? What kind of results could you expect? Let's meet your new employee and find out:

If you had this extra employee, let's call him Vinny, you might not need that new exhaust fan and hood to increase efficiencies and reduce your utility bill. Vinny would be your eyes and ears, constantly monitoring utility data. He would be your hands, automatically adjusting your existing fan speeds to match the real-time exhaust needs of your foodservice establishment. Busy rush? Vinny would be there to crank the fans up. Mid-day lull? Vinny will turn them down.

Vinny's job description would be, first and foremost, to monitor your exhaust fan usage in order to maintain clean air, to reduce the amount of make-up air needed in your commercial kitchen, and ultimately to save your foodservice establishment money on utility bills.

The average restaurant exhaust fan runs at higher-than-required speeds more than 90 percent of the time. Vinny wouldn't let this happen. Instead of running fans without regard to cooking loads, he would calculate the real-time exhaust needed and adjust the exhaust fan speed accordingly.

By having Vinny, your foodservice establishment could expect savings of between $2000 and $4000 a year. And over time with energy prices on the rise, Vinny could save you even more money in the future. This entire savings comes from simply adjusting the speed and volume of exhaust hood airflow based on cooking load.

But do you really need to hire an extra employee to monitor your cook loads and turn your fans up and down? Do you need Vinny to save what typically amounts to 10 percent on HVAC energy consumption savings? Not really.

There's a new technology called Variable Ventilation that does this automatically, 24/7. Variable Ventilation works with existing exhaust fans and requires no optical sensors, temperature sensors, or changes to the hood. And it does a little bit more than Vinny. Variable Ventilation maintains existing safety interlocks and can be connected to the fire suppression system. The best part? It’s simple and easy to install.

You don't need Vinny. All you need is Variable Ventilation.

 

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