What Is Industrial Ventilation?
Industrial ventilation is the mechanism that brings in fresh air and expels bad air. Having proper ventilation is key to providing a safe and healthy workspace for your employees.
A well-designed industrial ventilation system will move out and bring in air at a specific speed, which removes harmful contaminants. Having one can result in better health for your employees as well as reduced risk for workplace accidents.
Why You Need Industrial Ventilation
- Provide people with a continual supply of fresh air from outside
- Protect workers from heat stroke
- Reduce fire or explosion risks
- Reduce exposure to airborne contaminants
On top of that, having an industrial ventilation system will eliminate the need to completely overhaul your processes. If you’re using harmful chemicals, having good ventilation is a decent substitute as you look for alternatives.
What is Industrial Ventilation?
An industrial ventilation system consists of two central parts: the fresh air supply system and an exhaust system.
The supply system includes an air inlet, air filtering equipment, heating and cooling equipment, fans, ductwork and air distribution registers.
The exhaust system has an air intake area, ducts that move air from one area to the next, an air cleaning device, discharge stacks and fans.
There are two basic types of ventilation systems for industrial work areas:
- Dilution: This reduces the amount of contaminants in the air by mixing contaminated air with clean, fresh air. The method usually involves putting large exhaust fans in the walls or roof of a building or rooms. This type of system is used when air pollution is not very high, and toxicity level is low to moderate. Dilution systems require less maintenance and are the best ventilation choice for mobile or dispersed contaminant sources.
- Local exhaust: This system captures air impurities and contaminants at or near the source and expels them outside. It requires a hood or other opening that will capture the pollutants at the source. Ductwork moves the chemicals through the system, away from the inside. A quality air filter system cleans the air as it moves. This system is used in areas where contaminants are higher and pose a greater risk to employees and others inside the workspace. This system can handle removing many kinds of pollutants including metal fumes and dust. It uses less energy than dilution systems.
Not sure which industrial ventilation system is right for your commercial building? Our team at Storee has worked with industrial and commercial clients since 1966. We can help you choose the ventilation for you plant. Then, we’ll design, build and install the upgrades. Contact us today for more information.