Curam Care is the leading online provider in the UK for private care. Their focus on providing affordable, quality care for customers allows them to have the lowest cost in their sector. With the continuous rise of energy costs, Curam Care wanted to plan proactively. They decided to implement Melink’s Intelli-Hood® control system in their commercial kitchen’s new facility in Dublin.Intelli-Hood® is a controls system that controls the ventilation fan speed, depending on the current conditions of the kitchen hoods. Temperature and optic sensors are used to detect heat and steam, and these sensors will change the fan speed accordingly. This study shows the savings results Curam Care achieved with Intelli-Hood®.
Curam experienced a quick turnaround on their initial investment with a 1-year payback period. By utilizing the Intelli-Hood® controls system, the facility was able to actualize a 60%+ reduction in energy costs their first year. The graph below, Figure A, shows the average fan speed performance for two exhaust fans over the course of six days. The fan speed varies slightly which means the fans are running more efficiently. The average fan speed for these exhausts was 61%. Curam Care saw an annual reduction of $8,205 on their energy bill by utilizing Intelli-Hood® in their commercial kitchen.
The chart below, Figure B, shows the average fan speed for the exhaust fans over the course of a week. The dips in the chart represent times when the fans are not running, and the spikes represent when the fans are operating. The spikes in fan speed change slightly which means the fans are running more efficiently. The average fan speed for these exhausts was 65%