When you build an equipment shelter to keep machinery and tools safe all year long, there needs to be some kind of ventilation system involved to keep the contents of the shelter in top shape. Unfortunately, there isn’t always a way to run power to an equipment shelter to run electric ventilation systems. That doesn’t change the need for ventilation, however, so you must turn to alternatives. Here are some of the best non-powered equipment shelter ventilation options.
Fixed vents are the easiest and most common type of non-powered ventilation available. These vents are usually round and feature an array of slits through which air can travel in and out while keeping most other debris out. Typically, they come equipped with an insect screen, and they can even be rainproof. They’re most often installed on the upper sidewalls, typically with two total on opposite sides of a unit.
If space is a bit more constrained, you may want to consider a door vent. Door vents generally function the same as typical fixed vents, but they’re square in shape and located near the bottom of the structure, specifically in the door. With the vent in the door, the interior walls of the shelter can be used to mount equipment. Door vents feature several horizontal slits like fixed vents, so they’re useful for keeping water and insects out.
Even if you can’t run electricity to the equipment shelter, you may still have a significant source of power at your disposal, and that’s the sun. If your shelter receives sunlight at least about six hours a day, a solar vent might be ideal. Just keep in mind that its ability to exhaust air relies on exposure to sunlight. Even if it’s sunny during the summer in your area, a snowy winter can render solar vents effectively useless if piled snow blocks exposure to the sun.
If you’re looking for ventilation options suitable for various situations, adjustable vents may be preferable. With these vents, you can manually open and close them using a manual tab. When the tab is set to closed, typically a set of blades will move on the back side of the vent closing off the parts open to the vent itself. You can find models with tabs on the inside or outside of the vent itself, so you don’t necessarily have to enter the shelter to control it.
Adjustable shutters function essentially as larger versions of adjustable vents. Shutters typically only have three slits in their square shape, but they’re placed far apart giving large openings for air to travel through when open. It’s important to note that shutters aren’t waterproof in their own right, but you can opt for shelters that come with adjustable shutters equipped with hoods over the top on the exterior side. These hoods should direct any rainwater away from the shutter, protecting the contents inside the shelter while still allowing airflow.
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