Air Conditioner vs. Make-Up Air
In order to make the best decision of what you should have in your mobile kitchen when it comes to Air Conditioner or Make-Up Air you should evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of each. Also keep in mind, the usual weather conditions where you will be operating.
- The air conditioner is nice when the food truck or trailer’s windows and doors are closed and the hood is not turned on. So if you are prepping food before you open for business, it is going to feel nice and cold. However, once you turn on the hood, turn on the cooking equipment and have the windows opened, the air conditioner will go out, and heat from the outside is going to come in. To aid with this, you can use table top fans or portable blower and the make-up airs. It is going to be hot in a kitchen when you are working, that is a fact and a reality that you cannot escape, unfortunately. Think about home, if you have a sliding door near your kitchen and you leave them open and it is hot outside, usually the inside is not so cold anymore.
- The benefits of make-up air are that the 2,250 CFM pulls outside air into the air at very high pressure to circulate air at all times. It extracts smoke and heat from the kitchen to the outside. If you operate in a warm weather, this could be a disadvantage because when it brings air in, it will be at the current outside temperature.
- You might consider having one Air Conditioner and one Make up air.
- Another thing to remember is that air conditioners have higher electrical requirements than make up airs, therefore, depending on the electrical equipment already on your order, you might need to upgrade to a more powerful generator, which means you will spend more money.
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