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 and is an essential consideration when building your shed. There are many different products to choose from that provide this air circulation within a shed. Adequate shed ventilation is crucial in preventing mould growth and protecting items housed within the shed. Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of shed ventilation.

Keeping cool in Summer

Chances are you are looking for ventilation to help mitigate the summer heat. A common reason customers seek to mitigate this heat is that it is uncomfortable to be in and impacts the activities that they wish to undertake in their shed. Another reason is that heat can cause damage or deterioration to items stored inside, particularly to temperature sensitive products such as paint.

Protecting the shed

Having adequate ventilation installed in a shed will help to stop mould growth and protect items that are stored within the shed. It achieves this by encouraging the moist air inside the shed to be replaced with dryer air from outside. If the air inside your shed contains too much moisture mould is likely to grow which can, not only damage and discolour items but also create a health hazard. Most forms of ventilation will do a good job at preventing a buildup of moisture, with the most basic form being an open window.

Keeping out bugs

Due to the nature of their design, some ventilation options can allow bugs to get inside the shed. Insects can cause discolouration, build up and damage your stored items. Vents on the walls of the shed are likely be the worst for letting in insects, however, even smaller solutions in difficult locations can still enable insect access. 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.

Which form of ventilation should you choose?

A solar roof vent could be your best option. 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. It achieves this by using solar energy to power an electric motor, which spins an internal fan, creating air flow. Mechanical roof vents (whirlybirds) and powered wall vents are other options to consider. However, solar roof vents typically provide far greater air circulation than mechanical options, simple vents and windows and do not require electrical mains connection, therefore, are “free” to run unlike other powered models.


Shed ventilation will improve air circulation and help to prevent the build-up of heat 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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