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Shed Ventilation – More than keeping cool in Summer

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Shed ventilation is about far more than just keeping cool in the summer heat. Shed ventilation is essential so there are many different products and options that are used to provide air circulation within a shed. Each different option to improve airflow has its own benefits and reasons to be used, and installing proper ventilation within a shed is specific to each customer. Adequate shed ventilation is crucial to preventing the build up of fumes and dust and also helps to protect what is housed within the shed. Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of shed ventilation.

Keeping cool in Summer

Of course, shed ventilation will help keep your shed, and you, cool in summer. Chances are you are looking for ventilation because of this seasons heat. Probably the most common reason a customer doesn’t want their shed to get too hot is that it is uncomfortable to be in and impacts the activities that they want to do. For example, if you wanted to do woodworking on a hot weekend and your shed doesn’t have adequate ventilation, it is going to be really uncomfortable, laborious and not at all enjoyable. There are more reasons why letting a shed get too hot is a bad idea. One such reason is that heat can lead to damaging paint that is stored within the shed or any other temperature- sensitive item. What forms of ventilation are best for keeping the shed cool? A solar roof vent could be your best option, and a mechanical roof vent (whirlybird) is also a good choice. A solar roof vent will replace hot, stale air from within the shed with cooler air from outside and prevent the shed from heating up excessively. Another option is vents such as wall vents and gable vents. These will also encourage air flow and are great to use in tandem with a more powerful option, or alone if you aren’t extremely bothered by the heat.

Removing fumes and particles from the shed

For many customers the main reason to install better shed ventilation is to prevent the build up of fumes, particles and odours inside the shed so that it becomes a more healthy environment. You may have noticed that if you leave your shed closed up for a while it smells particularly bad when you next enter it. Ensuring that there is adequate airflow will eliminate this problem. Certain items that may be stored within your shed can release unhealthy fumes, such as paint and fuel. In addition to being unhealthy, many chemical odours can be very unpleasant. Dust is another problem which has a bad odour and can be particular problematic to people who are sensitive to it. There are even more situations when a lack of ventilation impacts the safety of those who use a shed regularly. For example, if you are cutting wood (or particle board) with electric tools there will be particles and fumes released into the air, which aside from having an undesirable odour are potentially dangerous. You will need powerful ventilation if you are doing this. Most types of ventilation will help a lot with preventing the build up of more passive fumes, but if you store a lot of items such as paint you will need additional airflow.

Protecting the shed

Having good ventilation installed in a shed will help to stop mould growth and protect items that are stored within the shed. It does this by encouraging the air inside the shed to be replaced with dryer air from outside. If the air inside your shed contains too much moisture you are likely to get mould which can discolour items and result in a poor odour. In addition, certain products may be affected by too much moisture and be vulnerable to damage. Most forms of ventilation will do a good job at preventing a buildup of moisture, and can be as simple as leaving a window slightly open. A solar roof vent will definitely provide sufficient ventilation, but simple vents also work well, and a whirlybird works exceptionally well when it is windy.

Keeping out bugs

Installing effective shed ventilation has a whole lot of benefits, but some ventilation options can allow bugs to get in the shed which you won’t want. Insects can go around and discolour or dirty your items, for example you might find cobwebs everywhere after a few days. Larger vents on the walls of the shed are likely be the worst for letting in insects, but even smaller solutions in difficult locations can have bugs crawl through. If letting too many insects in your shed bothers you then insect screens are a must have on windows and large vents to keep your shed clean and tidy.

Summary

Shed ventilation will improve air circulation and help to prevent the build up of heat, fumes and moisture. This will make the shed much more comfortable to be in as well as protect items that are housed within it. For more tips regarding your shed, get in touch with the ShedEx team.

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