Heat is a good thing when you’re lying on a beach near some refreshing water, but not so much when you’re working indoors in scorching summer temperatures. With doors frequently opening and closing, relying strictly on air conditioning can be a losing proposition. Keep warehouse staff productivity up on hot days with these “cool” tips.
- Make sure your warehouse has the proper amount of insulation. This will also help the building stay warm during the winter.
- Adding a coat of white paint to the roof deflects the sun’s rays, reducing the amount of heat building up in the warehouse.
- Stagnant air feels much warmer. Ceiling and floor fans keep the air circulating so that it feels cooler. Ceiling fans have seasonal settings so that air blows downward in summer and gets drawn upward in winter. Industrial ceiling fans use high volume and low speeds to compensate for the frequent opening and closing of doors.
- Use vinyl strip doors on the docks to allow easy in-and-out access while reducing the movement of air. Place solar film overlays across windows to cut down on heat.
- While using exhaust fans to dehumidify the air will reduce heat, misting fans and evaporative coolers are also helpful.
- Encourage your employees to drink plenty of water regularly, not just when they’re thirsty.
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