Baffle Filters vs. Vent-A-Hood: Magic Lung ® BLOWER: Which One is Right for You?
Restaurant-grade appliances in the kitchen sounds like a home cook’s dream come true. You can cook faster, clean easier, and entertain better with only a few switches of your kitchen equipment.
In the 1990’s, companies caught on to this and started introducing miniature “baffle” style filters similar to the large baffle filters used in restaurants. These two filters looked the same, but that’s where the similarities stopped.
A Baffle Filter
Many homeowners weren’t aware of the significant differences between the two environments. Shouldn’t all kitchen appliances work the same no matter where they’re located? Not exactly. Let’s take a closer look at some of the core differences.
1. They’re Built for Speed
For baffle filters to work, air has to flow through so fast that the grease inside is essentially ripped off as the air passes through. Low-speed ventilation may remove grease past the filter, but it won’t keep it moving up and out of the ventilation duct.
In restaurants, it’s possible to run the baffle hood at full speed throughout the cooking hours. Few home chefs want to run the vent at such a high power while making simple evening dinners.
2. They’re a Hazard
With so much grease clogging the ventilation system, it’s important to have these systems cleared out. In restaurants, baffle filters are cleaned regularly to remove the buildup of grease.
Baffle style filters remove a good amount of the grease from the cooking surfaces, but they can’t catch it all even when the filter is run at full speed. Over time, the grease builds up on the inside of the walls of the kitchen ventilation. Very few homeowners regularly clean the impossible-to-reach insides of their home’s ventilation systems. This leads to two hazard risks:
1. Fire hazards from the built-up grease.
2. Infestation hazard of bugs and small rodents that are attracted to the smell of the built-up cooking grease.
Both are cause for serious concern.
3. They’re Loud
In restaurants, patrons don’t notice the sound of filters running at full speed because they’re in the dining room. There, they enjoy ambient noise, soft music, and a quiet place to eat away from the kitchen.
In the home, baffle filters get very noisy when turned on in full blast. This creates an unbearably loud noise. Few homeowners can ignore it for an extended period of time.
Insufficient ventilation, fire hazards, and loud noise aren’t ideal in the home. The “commercial” look to this residential vent hood isn’t enough to overpower the downsides. The answer is simple: Leave baffle filters in the restaurants where they belong.
The Magic Lung from Vent-A-Hood
One hood manufacturer realized the struggle baffle filters were creating. Vent-a-Hood designed a unique hood using centrifugal force to capture grease and separate it from the air.
Here are a few reasons why homeowners are now opting for this style of hood over the baffle style filters:
1. It’s easy to clean. Vent-a-Hood included an EZ clean tray. Homeowners can simply remove the tray and wash it in the dishwasher.
2. It runs at a consistent speed. When switched on, the centrifugal unit is working consistently to separate the grease from the cooking air. This allows it to run on full speed at all times, without overpowering the home with loud noise.
Without question, we believe Vent-a-Hood’s Magic Lung is the ideal choice for home cooking ventilation. It’s effective in filtering the cooking contaminates and captures over 99% of the heat, grease, odor, and steam created in home kitchens.
Take a closer look at these hoods and envision how much more you’ll love cooking by having one in your home.