Kitchen hood exhaust systems in commercial kitchens serve a very important purpose, to pull grease particles up and away through mechanical filters. Kitchen exhaust systems vent excess heat above kitchen stoves and extract grease particles, leaving smaller particulates that may linger in the hood exhaust system. These kitchen exhaust systems can encounter grease build-up in the vents if they are not cleaned regularly or treated with UV light sterilization solutions.
How Does UV Light Help Kitchen Hood Exhausts?
Ultraviolet (UV) light emits UV radiation, electromagnetic energy, and is harnessed in UV germicidal lamps used in a vast range of applications. UV light is used to purify the air, disinfect water and sterilize surfaces. Utilizing UV light in kitchen hood exhaust systems provides many benefits beyond sterilization. Kitchen hood UV exhaust systems can actually prevent grease build-up in the exhaust duct work.
UVC lamps break down grease through photolysis and ozonolysis. UV light causes a photochemical reaction, breaking down the molecular bond while ozonolysis oxidizes the grease molecules. By breaking down the grease particles, they are converted into particles that are much easier to clean and do not build-up grease in the kitchen hood.
This brings many benefits to restaurant owners by mitigating the risk of a grease fire, which can often occur with grease build-up in the exhaust hood. UV kitchen exhaust systems also help kitchens to meet stringent health department code regulations by helping to keep the kitchen cleaner. This provides a better work environment for employees and helps to maintain health standards for patrons.
UV Lamps are Key to Successful UV Sterilization Systems
Using the right UV lamps for your UV kitchen exhaust sterilization system is key to successful prevention of grease build-up and sterilization. UV germicidal lamps designed to emit 254 nanometer (nm) are effective in sterilizing air and surfaces. Ozone producing lamps emit UV energy at 185 nm and are commonly used in air and water disinfection applications, deodorizing the air and reaching places that standard UV radiation cannot reach.
When searching for the best UV lamps for your sterilization application, contact an experienced UV lamp manufacturer like LightSources.
LightSources leads the industry in UVC germicidal lamp production, with a wide range of low-pressure, amalgam and many other lamp types designed with proprietary technology. We provide high-quality UVC lamps proven to outlast and outperform comparable lamps of the same size. Contact us to learn more and for custom lamp requirements for your UV germicidal application.