PF Chang’s in Festival City, Dubai, took steps to enhance sustainability and reduce operational costs by investing in Intelli-Hood®, a demand control kitchen ventilation system. The main aim was to optimize ventilation, decrease energy consumption, and lower utility expenses while maintaining an efficient kitchen environment. This cutting-edge system dynamically adjusts exhaust and supply fan speeds based on cooking activity, ensuring energy is used only when needed, resulting in substantial energy savings for the restaurant.
The installation of Intelli-Hood® at PF Chang’s Festival City resulted in significant savings. Before the installation, the restaurant incurred $33,845 in annual utility costs. However, post-installation, there was a remarkable reduction, with annual utility costs dropping to $23,713. This reduction led to substantial savings of $10,132 annually, and the investment’s simple payback period was only 1.1 years (Figure A).