How to Keep Warehouse Employees Cool
In the industrial world, it’s essential that your employees can handle the pressures and responsibilities of such intensive work. However, you could experience stunted productivity and efficiency if your team isn’t kept cool enough. In a warehouse environment, heat can cause overexertion, stress, exhaustion, detracted focus and other risks to the well-being of your employees. So, let’s look at ways you can address the issue! Here’s how to keep warehouse employees cool and comfortable.
Keep Doors and Gates Closed
If you receive deliveries, ship out goods and have visitors constantly throughout the week, be sure to upgrade to automatic door systems that will shut when not in use. Keep the cool air in that you pay for and keep the humidity you don’t want where it belongs – outside! This can help not only with keeping your employees cooler, but it’s also a great way to lower energy bills, leading to reduced operating costs. Solid metal doors without screens and strip metal garage doors for shipping bays are ideal choices, as they are stronger and more resilient.
If your industrial humidifier and/or air conditioning systems aren’t performing as well as they used to, take a good look at your doors, windows, vent ducts and other areas where air could be freely flowing in and out of the warehouse. Otherwise, your setup won’t be as effective if the building it’s humidifying isn’t leak-proof. If you notice drafts or fluctuating temperatures, it’s a sign that your indoor relative humidity control isn’t as efficient as it could be. Replacing worn-out insulation with a new, energy efficient alternative can go a long way in streamlining the way you maintain a work environment safe for employees as well as the goods you store.
Take a Look at the Roof
What type of roof do you have? It could very well be what is making working conditions inside the warehouse warm and stagnant. Some roof materials can get as hot as 190 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can be sure that this heat will transfer directly into the building’s interior. It can be made worse if you already have excellent insulation, as this heat is then effectively trapped and has nowhere to go.
Thankfully, there is a solution, and it will protect your operational standards and employees in the long run: Upgrade or replace the roof. It sounds extreme, but this is a measure that can significantly curb unwanted heat fluctuations inside the warehouse. Light-colored, reflective roofs are the ideal choice, and you certainly get what you pay for: Lower temperatures and more effectively controlled energy costs. This can deliver exceptional business savings in the years to come.
Evaporative Cooling Systems and Humidity Control
If you haven’t installed an industrial humidifier, now is the time, especially if you choose one paired with an evaporative cooling system. Since a warehouse is such a large space, it can be trickier to deliver consistent relative humidity levels that are in the ballpark of 40 to 60 percent RH – conditions which encourage a healthy, comfortable and productive environment. This is where such systems come in, as they’re designed to deliver cool, clean and sufficiently hydrated air to large-scale workplaces such as warehouses. By pulling in fresh outside air through ventilation and pushing out stagnant, warm air, an evaporative cooling system combined with humidity control ensures your operations benefit from comfortable conditions at an appropriate temperature. Your quality control when it comes to storing goods will benefit from it, as will your hardworking employees!
If you need an industrial humidifier, an evaporative cooling system or both, contact us at Condair today. We know how to keep warehouse employees cool and would be happy to work with your business. Contact us today for further details on our humidification and cooling solutions, available in a variety of load capacities.