According to energy advisors, warehouses spend on average 15% of their budget on energy bills every year. Mechanical ventilation can contribute to a high percentage of this spend. In this update we explore the importance of effective warehouse ventilation.
Like many hazards, poor ventilation poses a risk to employee health, machines and equipment as well as goods and products. To avoid negative impacts on businesses ventilation hazards must be eliminated. These include a reduction in productivity, a decreased yield, machines or equipment malfunctioning and damages to goods.
Whether you work in an office or a warehouse, indoor air quality is a significant factor in productivity and behaviour. Warehouses however, with their vast storage areas and high ceilings that are in constant change due to stock movement and distribution, face ongoing ventilation and temperature battles. Natural ventilation can help to maintain a good air quality but it is often difficult to maintain a uniform air temperature distribution. In summer, an incorrectly ventilated warehouse can become overheated as temperatures rise and machinery rolls on, while in winter the cold air from outside will rush in through the open doors and create discomfort.
Commercial roof fans can be used as an efficient and cost effective solution to maintain the indoor air quality within commercial warehouses and to increase the comfort level and productivity of employees.
Warehouse ventilation projects are common occurrences at Axair. Having recently been approached to fit out a large production warehouse with no ventilation we are all to familiar with the challenges facing businesses. Especially as excessive heat and dust build up is highly detrimental to goods and products and can result in severe losses to a business.
Following a visit to the site to examine the requirements, the use of multiple commercial centrifugal roof fans CHT-56-6T by Sodeca, with horizontal outlet air hood in aluminium to draw out the old stale air was advised. The use of multiple fans over one large fan was advised to ensure the even distribution of ventilation across the building. The arrangement of the aluminium hooded CHT-56-6T also allows for easy fixing onto the roof via a galvanised sheet steel fixing plate and is designed for higher pressure applications as an alternative to a standard axial fan.
It is important to remember all aspects of a business. Warehousing is commonly one area that can be neglected. In any warehouse, companies will be looking to save money but they also have a responsibility to their staff. Productive employees should be provided with a comfortable working environment.