Summer’s arrival and the rising temperatures that come with it can have substantial impacts on metal buildings and the people who work inside them. And contrary to popular belief, simply cranking up the air conditioning isn’t enough to ward off issues that can create unhealthy indoor environments and lower the lifespan of your structures. When it comes to managing the issues associated with summer heat, ventilation is key.
In this blog, Metallic Products’ airflow pros will take look at the effects hot, humid conditions have on your steel buildings and staff members, and steps you can take to create healthy, more comfortable environments that keep overall operations on track. Read on, take note and stand prepared for the summer conditions to come.
How Do Hot, Humid Conditions Impact Your Steel Buildings?
Steel buildings are known for their durability and strength, but they are not impervious to environmental factors. Excessive heat and unchecked moisture can lead to costly repairs and replacements — and structures that simply aren’t as protective as they otherwise should be.
Metallic Products Tip: For more information about moisture’s effects on your steel buildings, visit our “Humidity in Metal Buildings: What You Should Know” blog post.
The Effects Hot and Stuffy Metal Buildings Can Have on Team Members
Without adequate ventilation, working conditions inside steel buildings can become brutal on a scorching day. And subpar conditions can carry substantial impacts for your team members, output and overall operations.
Metallic Products Tip: Hot weather working conditions can prove dangerous in even well-ventilated areas. It’s important to help workers pace their tasks accordingly — and to ensure your team is ready to take on such work in as safe a manner as possible. OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention resources can help.
What Difference Does Metal Building Ventilation Make?
Effective ventilation systems play a pivotal role in creating a safe and comfortable environment within steel buildings, and for all the reasons mentioned above. It’s all about temperature regulation, moisture control, improved air quality and enhanced comfort. (And no, an amped up A/C isn’t enough.)
Your metal buildings need a way to usher fresh air in, push hot, stale air and other contaminants out — and generally keep air moving. Having the right metal bu
ilding ventilation accessories installed, and installed in the right places, is key.
Remember, a steel building is a complex mix of parts and systems that all need to come together just so. Our hygrothermal dynamics blog post offers a deeper look at the issue, but put simply, to ensure optimal airflow, you have to make sure your building’s accessories are
operating with basic scientific principles in mind. These include:
Tools such as your HVAC systems and warehouse fans can do a great job controlling temperature and airflow, but they can’t go it alone. They’ll need to work in tandem with your metal building ventilation accessories (your wall louvers, ridge vents and the like) to get the job done right. The good news is, a quality metal building accessory provider will be able to help you determine exactly what you need and where you need it.
Creating healthy and comfortable indoor environments isn’t rocket science, but it does take a bit of planning. If you have questions about heat, ventilation or your steel building accessory needs, feel free to reach out to the Metallic Products team. We’ve been helping buildings breathe for more than 60 years, and we’re glad to offer input. Play it safe out there this summer — and the rest of the year, too!