HOW TO VENTILATE LOGISTICS WAREHOUSES
HOW TO VENTILATE LOGISTICS WAREHOUSES
Large closed spaces, loading and unloading doors open at all hours, poorly insulated walls and ceilings, dozens of people working in the same room… All these are the conditions that cause the temperature in a logistics warehouse to be above 30ºC in summer. In addition, the size of these facilities makes the installation of air conditioners really unfeasible as they are very inefficient. Then the question arises, how to ventilate logistics warehouses and get my workers to work comfortably?
Logistics warehouses are workplaces that, due to the volume of employees they host, the long time that the products spend there and the constant movement of merchandise that takes place, face a series of challenges when it comes to guaranteeing the well-being of your employees:
- An ideal temperature to ensure the well-being of warehouse workers
- The possibility of regulating humidity levels, not only for the comfort of the workers but also for the storage conditions of certain products, which in some cases require high levels of humidity, and in others it is necessary to maintain an environment as dry as possible .
- Facilitate the loading and unloading of products with a good ventilation system for the containers.
In addition, the values of temperature, humidity and air speed must be included within the values dictated by the Annex III of BOE-A-1997-8669:
- Temperature: between 14 and 25ºC
- Humidity: between 30% and 70%
- Maximum air speed: 0.75 m/s
HOW TO ACHIEVE A TEMPERATURE BELOW 25ºC IN SUMMER IN A LOGISTICS WAREHOUSE?
The first thing to check is that the ceiling or walls of the warehouse do not produce radiation inside. Some warehouses, especially those built with conductive materials such as metal, are heated by solar radiation and emit that radiation inside. To address this issue, the installation of a solar heating system and good thermal insulation can be an effective combination. Applying insulation as paint can reduce the warehouse’s temperature by up to 20ºC. This not only represents significant cost savings but also avoids major construction work.
Air conditioning at first glance may seem like the best option, but to be effective it must first cool all the air inside the house The time, and above all, the expense involved in cooling all that volume of air is very high. We propose a cheaper solution with immediate effect: ceiling fans.
The fans do not need to cool the entire volume of air in the workshop for workers to have a wind chill of less than 25ºC.
The following graph corresponds to the effective temperature diagram of HSE (Health and Safety Executive):
In the diagram it can be seen how, at different temperatures inside the logistics warehouse, we can reduce the thermal sensation depending on the speed of the air currents that we generate.
One of the examples highlighted in the diagram shows us how in a logistics warehouse at a temperature of 27ºC, we can reduce the thermal sensation up to 6ºC with a current of 2.5m/s. Usually, we will not generate currents greater than 0.8 m/s at ground level, which is enough to reduce the thermal sensation by 2 or 3 degrees. All our fans have a regulation system that allows to regulate this speed.
WHAT IS THE BEST FAN FOR MY LOGISTICS WAREHOUSE?
HOMOGENEOUS VENTILATION THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING
For large logistics halls, where the ceilings are at heights greater than 7 meters, we recommend our fan ANEMOI AIRMAX With a power of 1000W It can cover areas of up to 1691m22 with a consumption starting at 50W In addition, for warehouses with high humidity conditions, it has IP65 protection, which keeps the engine safe, avoiding breakdowns and oxidation due to external elements.
Since this model requires triphasic power, we have two more product ranges with single phase power On the one hand, the ANEMOI AIRSLIM 700 L has a superior power of 1500W, a maximum consumption of 950W and a superior coverage of more than 3000m2.2. On the other hand, the ANEMOI AIRPRO L maintains the 1000W motor with a range of up to 2600 m2 2 .
The 3 product ranges have different diameters to adapt to the different spaces and heights of the different logistics warehouses For example, on ceilings less than 7.5 meters, the fan should not exceed 5.5 meters in diameter.
VENTILATION OF SPECIFIC AREAS
Our models ANEMOI AIRVAN they provide us with direct air currents being mobile, workers can easily move them with them when changing work areas.
If, on the other hand, these areas to be reinforced are clearly delimited, both the AIRBEAM such as the AIRPIVOT are the ideal solutions for narrow areas or aisles between racks in logistics warehouses.
HOW TO REGULATE THE HUMIDITY OF OUR LOGISTICS WAREHOUSE ACCORDING TO OUR NEEDS?
Whether we want to increase or decrease our level of relative humidity in our logistics warehouse, at Magnovent we have devised highly effective solutions for both cases.
In the event that the level of humidity in the warehouse is very high, air renewal It is the option that we always recommend. Both wall-mounted exhaust fans and ceiling fans combined with outlets they will extract and introduce new air if we leave an opening in the workshop that can be a door, window, grill or vent.
In the opposite case that the humidity in the warehouse is not enough, combining nebulizers with our ceiling fans will allow a homogeneous and efficient distribution of humidity.
HOW TO PROPERLY VENTILATE THE CONTAINERS TO ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF THE WORKERS DURING THE LOADING AND UNLOADING PROCESS?
As anyone who has worked in a loading dock knows, containers often arrive at logistics warehouses with really high temperatures inside.
To facilitate the work of the operators, we propose the installation in the loading docks of our ANEMOI AIRGATE Working at high revolutions, it generates a continuous air current that moves all the air inside the container, renewing it and allowing work at a more comfortable temperature.
Taking these measures into account, you will be able to condition your logistics warehouse to create a pleasant work environment for your workers If you have any other questions and want us to study your case in more detail, do not hesitate to contact us.