Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation
Traditionally, ventilation systems have operated at one speed regardless of how hard the appliances are working. Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) systems respond to variations in stove use, allowing the two-speed or variable fans to regulate exhaust depending on how many burners are working.
DEMAND CONTROL KITCHEN VENTILATION INCENTIVES
for commercial foodservice
- ≤ 5000 CFM:
$1,400 per unit
- > 5,000 to ≤ 10,000 CFM:
$3,200 per unit
- > 10,000 to ≤ 15,000 CFM:
$4,600 per unit
Service Provider Incentive
- New installations and replacements of existing constant volume ventilation hood are eligible
- Must use natural gas space heating
- Commercial food preparation or processing
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More Information About Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation
DCKV optimizes the energy efficiency of an HVAC system by reducing the exhaust and make-up air unit fan speed in the hood system.
How Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation Works
DCKV uses sensors that are put in place to detect cooking activity taking place under the exhaust hood. These sensors determine the minimum amount of exhaust air required to capture and contain effluent from the cook line.
Some DCKV now uses variable frequency drives based on exhaust temperature. This new enhancement allows for varying airflows throughout the day. By measuring temperature, steam, and smoke in the hood, DCKV adjusts the fan speed accordingly to save both fan energy and conditioned air.
- DCKV hoods automatically start when cooking appliances are turned on and stop as soon as cooking appliances cool down, minimizing energy consumption
- Improves the efficiency of a building's HVAC system resulting in a better environment for employees and customers
Like all components of an HVAC system, DCKV requires routine maintenance and inspections. Managers should schedule inspections and maintenance on a semiannual basis with a technician from the manufacturer or service provider.
Routine maintenance should include cleaning the filters in the hood. Some DCKV systems automatically detect and send a warning signal if exhaust hood filters are clogged and need to be cleaned.
DCKV for commercial kitchen hoods is ideal for both commercial and institutional buildings with large kitchen facilities, including restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.