With over 8,000 reported restaurant fires a year, it’s important to stay on top of your restaurant’s preventative maintenance. This means remembering to replace your hood’s filters when the time comes to replace them and having trained professionals (Facilitec West) scheduled to ensure they are working properly. Depending on the kind of filter you have and your restaurant’s food output, you will need to replace them at different intervals throughout the year.

If you are confused as to when you should be replacing them, give us a call and we can help you figure out how often they need to be replaced. Plus, we can sell you the hood filters to keep your to-do list hassle free. There are many choices available for grease filtration, but we highly recommend choosing a Grease Lock GL365 fiber filter. They are easier to maintain than baffle filters and vastly more effective in trapping grease. In fact, they trap 98% of smoke, grease, and debris floating through the air.

Why is replacing hood filters important?

Replacing your hood’s filters is important for several reasons. Your hood’s filters capture and remove smoke, grease, and debris from the air and prevents them from gunking up your entire ventilation system and rooftop system. Without filters, smoke, grease, and debris would remain trapped in your ventilation system, dispense grease all over your rooftop, and could become a serious fire hazard, putting you, your team, and your restaurant at risk. Aside from fire risks, not maintaining your filters can lead to smoky air conditions (which can cause dangerously low air quality) and excessive heat.

Maintaining your filters means maintaining the cleanliness of your entire system, including the HVAC system. Maintaining such a large system means you get to save money by avoiding the corrosion and build-up that could lead to costly repairs or replacements. When you practice preventative maintenance, like replacing your filters, you are investing in the health of the entire system and restaurant. If the system ends up dispensing grease onto your roof, it could cause corrosion and damage your roof. These kinds of repairs can add up and become costly! Plus, you probably don’t want to be hit with any fines from the EPA or NFPA for not keeping your hood system compliant with codes.

Set reminders for yourself and your team to remember to replace all your filters. Your filters must be inspected regularly to ensure they are working properly and still clean enough to do their job. Mark it on your calendars so you don’t forget this important step in your preventative maintenance. Remembering to replace your filters and keep the system clean will help maintain its integrity, help it run more smoothly, extend its life, and reduce future utility costs. If you have any questions about your hood, give us a call. We are happy to help!