Ventilation plays a major role in your steel buildings climate control and air quality. Unless you opted for an open-ended metal building, ventilation reduces condensation and moves cool, fresh air into the building and warm, stale air out. It reduces the chance of mold growth, which can be toxic, and removes any fumes from products stored in buildings like steel garages or metal barns.
Ventilation works by air pressure displacement, creating a vacuum of low air pressure in your building which draws fresh air in, kind of like pressure systems in weather patterns. There are a few different types of ventilation solutions made for metal buildings, and we will focus on the ones we use most: turbine, and gravity.
Our Turbo vent is a turbine vent specially engineered to function with low wind conditions. Turbine vents work by creating suction within your building, the wind turns the turbine, which rotates the blades and forces fresh air into the space. These vents are great for metal workshops where you will be using spray paint or painting automotive parts, vehicle storage buildings, or any other uses that would generate a lot of particles in the air.
Gravity vents work with the wind and thermal buoyancy (hot air rising) to create a low air pressure environment. It is a more passive ventilation option when compared to a turbine and requires stronger wind to be effective. Gravity vents are placed at high-and low-pressure zones (sometimes referred to as “windward” and “leeward”) which allows the air to move through the building. As cooler fresh air comes in, it displaces the warmer air at the bottom of the structure and forces it out of the low-pressure vents.
Both options have their best suited purpose, so consulting with your dealer about the usage and location of your steel building will help them to gauge what type of ventilation solution makes sense for your situation. To get in touch with a local dealer, fill out the no obligation quote form on our contact page.