Filter Life Expectancy for Properly Maintained Hoods

Commercial kitchen hoods are important fire suppression features to have in this space. In addition to having these items in your commercial kitchens, it’s essential that you hire someone to complete hood maintenance and inspection. Even though kitchen hoods usually last 15 years on average, continual maintenance of the various parts is essential. One aspect of hood maintenance is to maintain and change the filter.

Types of Filters and Their Life Expectancy

You can use different filters in kitchen hoods. Some of the main types of filters include aluminum mesh, stainless steel baffle, and charcoal. The type of filter you use depends on your level of cooking frequency. It would be best if you changed aluminum mesh filters every 6-12 months. If you have a stainless steel baffle filter, this type of filter should be cleaned as opposed to replaced. You should clean your baffle filter every two months or whenever needed. If you have a charcoal filter, this item should be changed every 1-3 months.

The Importance of Properly Maintaining the Kitchen Hood

Cleaning or changing your kitchen hood filters, depending on the type of kitchen hood filter you have, is so important! A kitchen hood will do its best if properly cleaned and maintained. If you ignore the cleanliness and efficiency of the kitchen hood, it may not work as well as it should, and any potential fire could spread.


The best way to ensure your kitchen hood is ready for daily use is to maintain this item regularly. Make sure you have your kitchen hood inspected according to local regulations. Also, scheduling cleaning of specific kitchen hoods and filters as well as getting service for your kitchen hood right away if something is not working right is vital.

Contact Total Fire Protection for your kitchen hood inspection and cleaning needs today!