Warehouses come in all shapes and sizes, but they do share some common factors. A storage area is defined by its dimensions, by its boxy shape and overall capacity. It’s tall and wide and long, a perfect space for long rows of shelves and the interspersed workstations that connect alternating aisles to a central pathway. Forklift trucks and manual labourers move freely here, hustling in a concerted effort to keep the company profit margin healthy. Unfortunately, the pulse of productivity does fluctuate throughout the work day, probably due to natural tiredness, but that flagging workflow is worsened by poor warehouse cooling.
Heat Fatigue VS. Operational Costs
Workers need a cool breeze to move and think clearly. The circulating air evaporates brow sweat while keeping the operation productive, but what use would productivity be if the cooling technology ate away the profits? That’s why we use evaporative technology in place of costlier cooling methods. Remember, this technology uses a fraction of the components found inside other cooling appliances. In essence, as long as a water supply is on hand, the evaporative process will work effectively and drop the untenable warehouse temperature down to a level that allows work to proceed.
Offsetting New Warehouse Designs
The steel ribs and well-insulated interiors of a modern storage area work well when protecting time-sensitive commodities, but that same positive attribute undermines the interior when the summer months roll around. Heat rises and becomes trapped around the roof joists. A series of ducts on the ceiling eases the heat, but this configuration doesn’t work with air conditioning. Chemical cooling systems require enclosed spaces, so every window and door is closed. A proper warehouse cooling configuration benefits from circulating currents, from open vents and windows, even the occasional roll-up of a loading bay door, so the evaporative model is the logical choice.
Skyrocketing Capacity Requirements
The installation of a contemporary chemical conditioner inside a large room is enough to send the BTU rating of the unit through the figurative roof. Large units consume absurd quantities of electricity, which translates to somewhere around the 15,000 BTU mark (British Thermal Unit). Now, that might, arguably, work out if the unit consumed this amount of power when fitted in a large warehouse, but we’re still talking about a large bedroom, an appliance built for the home. Only an industrial-grade evaporative appliance can effectively cool large volumes of air without busting the company wallet.
Cost-effective and biologically compatible, the warehouse cooling conundrum benefits from evaporative technology, whether the form factor used is as large as the latest metal-framed cooling tower or as compact as the latest portable model.