Brace yourself. The weather pundits are predicting a scorcher of a summer, with above-average temperatures throughout most of the U.S. at least through the end of August.
In many industries, it can be difficult to keep comfort levels reasonable during a heat wave. Warehouses, manufacturing buildings, and other large commercial sites and retail spaces present specific climate control challenges, including:
- Air stratification
- Poor ventilation
- Heat buildup
- High cooling costs
These heat effects can damage inventory, adversely impact worker productivity, erode profitability, and even create dangerous conditions for your employees.
Don’t wait for the heat to catch you unaware. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for the onslaught of summer:
7 Hot Suggestions for Keeping Cool This Summer
- Train your employees about the danger of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. Have procedures in place to deal with these conditions should they arise, and be sure basic first-aid supplies are stocked at each facility at all times.
- Provide your employees with potable drinking water and encourage them to stay hydrated.
- If your facility is air conditioned, keep dock doors shut when not in use.
- Use dehumidifiers to reduce air saturation and create a more comfortable working environment.
- If your building is due for a new roof, consider a light-colored “cool” roof that will reflect heat away from the interior.
- Use vinyl strip doors to separate your dock area from air conditioned parts of your facility.
- Above all, consider adding one or more high-volume low-speed (HVLS) fans!
In this age of air conditioning, why use a fan?
Large ceiling fans for warehouses will obviously make summertime conditions far more comfortable in the absence of air conditioning. In fact, one of our high-volume low-speed fans can create an evaporative cooling effect sufficient to lower perceived temperatures by up to 10 degrees.
The fact is, an industrial fan is invaluable for air conditioned commercial sites as well. An air conditioner is a point source solution. The cool air it generates won’t circulate through a large space effectively on its own. Often, stratified layers and pockets of cool and hot air can form, which can create uncomfortable and even dangerous conditions despite using a lot of energy. Installing one or more of our industrial fan is a cost-efficient and effective way to improve circulation and ventilation, keeping air uniform and helping reduce condensation issues. A fan will work in tandem with your air conditioning to keep your summer comfort level high and your energy bills low.
Just one of our large HVLS fans can destratify air in an area up to 40,000 square feet. We have solutions for irregular areas, too. Contact us to find out more!