While you may think that you only need to worry about keeping your factory floor cool in the summer months, as many factories operate around the clock, excessive heat can be problematic all year round. Causing your equipment to not only work less efficiently but also your workers, check out the below top tips that promise to keep your factory floor cool and your business thriving.
1. Invest in factory floor fans
One of the easiest ways to manage air flow on your factory floor is with the use of a portable floor fan. Even if you already have an HVAC system, you can still benefit from the use of industrial fans in your warehouse.
Not only can they save you money on your energy bills, but they can also be programmed to work in tandem with your current air conditioning units to significantly lower the temperature of your factory floor.
You also need to make sure that you pick the right fan blade size for the space you are trying to cool. The larger the fan blades, the more slowly the fan turns. This creates more air volume but at a lower velocity. If you have a low ceiling, a shorter fan blade with a higher velocity is preferable. If you have a high ceiling, opt for a larger fan that works at a lower speed.
2. Open the windows
Although this will be dependent on the setup of your building, simply by opening a few windows or leaving the door ajar, your factory floor will feel significantly cooler. If possible, open windows that are higher up on your walls or as near to the ceiling as possible as this will allow hot air to escape with ease and lower the temperature of the space.
3. Focus on cooling zones
If you have areas on your factory floor that are more prone to higher temperatures, perhaps because machinery is operated there 24/7, you should focus your efforts on keeping these zones cool.
One way to do this is by installing programmable thermostats that can be set to monitor and control cooling functions in each zone. These can be changed to reflect the needs of each zone at any given time.
4. Change the color of your roof
A simple yet highly effective tip, if your roof is a dark color, it will be absorbing any heat. Whereas, if your roof is a lighter color, it will reflect the sun’s rays. If replacing your roof is not feasible, then you may want to consider adding a reflective roof coating to your existing roof.
This option is much more cost-efficient and can be equally as effective as a brand new, lightly colored roof.
5. Insulate your building
Although you may think that insulation is only useful in keeping a building warm, it is actually needed to keep it cool also. If your building, its pipes, and its equipment are not properly insulated, the extra heat making its way out of your factory will make your air conditioning unit have to work twice as hard to keep the space cool.
However, by adding sufficient insulation, you can lower your cooling bills during the summer months and keep your building at the optimum temperature during winter.