Making kitchen hoods more intelligent to reduce cost and improve safety


Are your kitchen exhaust and supply fans running at 100 percent speed when there’s no cooking going on? They probably are if you don’t have a demand control kitchen ventilation (DCKV) system. Consequently, you’re wasting energy and conditioned air – at a time when revenue is at its lowest.

Melink’s patented Intelli­-Hood HVAC controls package visually monitors the level of cooking activity and automatically instructs the exhaust fan to operate only as fast as necessary. Intelli­-Hood is installed into new or existing commercial hood systems and transforms a basic stainless steel box into an intelligent energy­-saving machine.

For 30 years, Melink has been helping energy managers like you break the full­speed habit while reducing the cost of operating kitchens.

Why Intelli-Hood?

Highest Energy Savings

Highest Energy

  • Optic + temperature sensors
  • Self-learning algorithims
  • Compliance with ASHRAE 90.1 2013

Improved Kitchen Operation


  • Automation of kitchen HVAC
  • Self-calibrating sensors
  • Reduced hood noise

Project Development


  • NFPA 96 Compliance
  • Proactive Temperature Alarm
  • Gas Valve Integration

Project Development


  • Facility Audit
  • Estimated energy savings report
  • Turnkey retrofits and new construction

Monitoring & Analytics

& Analytics

  • Remote monitoring
  • System alerts and performance reports
  • Integration with building control systems

Post­-Installation Support


  • 24/7 Melink staff support
  • Global technician network
  • Preventative maintenance and monitoring

The Intelli­-Hood Story
A simple idea becomes the industry standard

There once was an engineer on a rooftop balancing a restaurant ventilation system on a hot summer afternoon. Walking past the exhaust fan, he briefly enjoyed a steady stream of chilled air. He glanced at the nearly empty parking lot and thought: “They’re paying for that fan to run at full speed when there’s no cooking going on. That’s not very smart. I can help them save energy and money.”

The engineer was Steve Melink; the year was 1989. Steve got to work inventing Intelli­-Hood, and setting the standard for demand control kitchen ventilation systems. Since then, Melink Corp. has made more than 25,000 kitchen hoods more intelligent – with an average electricity savings of 65 percent.

Wanting to do better for his customers, Steve and his Intelli­-Hood team have continued to refine the controls application. All that dedication has resulted in Intelli­-Hood being awarded the AHR Expo Product of the Year by ASHRAE and the EPA Energy Star Emerging Technology Award.


The original Intelli-Hood in 1990, named “REM-1” at the time.

Energy Star 2015

Intelli-Hood 3 Components

The third generation of Intelli­Hood, released in 2014.


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