Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation

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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.


for commercial foodservice

Customer Incentives


  • Up to 5,000 CFM:

  • 5,001 to 10,000 CFM:

  • 10,001 to 15,000 CFM:

New construction

  • Up to 5,000 CFM:

  • 5,001 to 10,000 CFM:

  • 10,001 to 15,000 CFM:

Service Provider Incentive

  • $100 per unit

Distributor Incentive

  • $50 per unit

Equipment Eligibility

  • Commercial kitchen demand-controlled ventilation system with rated capacity not greater than 15,000 CFM, consisting of sensor(s) that determine the level of contaminant in the exhaust air stream, a controller that processes inputs from the sensor(s), and variable frequency drives that receive a signal from the controller and modulate the exhaust and make-up air fans to optimize flow rates.
  • For retrofit, must replace existing constant volume kitchen exhaust hood.
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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.

Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation

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.

Building Applications

DCKV for commercial kitchen hoods is ideal for both commercial and institutional buildings with large kitchen facilities, including restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.

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