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The Ins and Outs of the Apex Vent

The apex vent — one of many ventilation products on the Metallic Products inventory list — sits among the unsung heroes of the metal building accessory world. Unlike Florida approved products which take on greater significance during hurricane season, or canopies which keep people protected against the elements, the apex vent operates somewhat behind the scenes. The truth is, this seemingly simple tool can really make a difference when it comes to keeping spaces cool, comfortable and healthy. Here are a few things you should know about the apex vent.

What is the Apex Vent?
An apex vent is a no-nonsense gravity ventilator that ushers hot, stagnant air out of a metal building — while ushering fresh air in. It is available in various throat sizes and dimensions, often featuring a damper to help control airflow and regulate temperatures in a given space.

How Does the Apex Ventilator Work?
The apex vent is part of the gravity ventilator family, meaning it relies on gravity ventilation to carry out its job. What is gravity ventilation? We have an entire blog post dedicated to the subject. In short, it’s a way of ventilating a space naturally, with help from strategically placed openings. In some cases that might mean windows or doors but, in terms of the apex vent, it means incorporating protected openings into the roofs of your metal buildings.

What Are the Benefits of Apex Vents?
It might not be flashy, but there’s quite a bit to like about the apex ventilator. The fact that it has so few moving parts means it requires little to no ongoing maintenance. It also provides effective ventilation without driving up energy prices, since it doesn’t run on electricity. Another benefit is the ease at which it can be used in building retrofits. It is an ideal option for existing metal buildings which require a bit of added airflow, although it works just as well in new builds, too!

The apex ventilator doesn’t get a lot of attention. Then again, if it’s confident in the fact that it does its job well, maybe it doesn’t need it. If you’re interested in learning more about the apex vent, visit our apex ventilator product page — or download the spec sheet. If you have questions about incorporating one into your metal buildings, you can also reach out to the Metallic Products team. We would love to hear from you, and we’re happy to help!