Evaporative Cooling by Seeley International, the best solution to cool industrial and commercial spaces
Industrial plants face many challenges when it comes to indoor air quality, specifically when considering fresh air volume, temperature, humidity and particle concentration. Evaporative cooling can be the right solution when indoor air quality needs to be improved, as they draw 100% fresh air from outside.
Working conditions in production plants can be extremely challenging at all times of the year but in the summertime, these challenges are heightened. NASA studies show that human productivity falls 3.6% for every degree above 22°C and 4.7% over 30°C. Other studies carried out by the British Industrial Fatigue Board found that there was a lower output in hot/heavy industries in summer than in winter and an increase in accidents when air temperatures rose above 20°C. While there is no legal requirement for environments to be sustained within a temperature threshold, employers recognise that maintaining the temperature at a comfortable level will not only ensure their employees are healthier and happier, but consequently more productive – ultimately making them more profitable!
A good solution to improve indoor air quality can be found in evaporative cooling solutions. Drawing 100% fresh air from the outside, evaporative coolers offer great advantages, such as cleaner air over refrigerated air conditioning.
Traditional air conditioning units, which remain within a building and rely on doors and windows to be kept closed to ensure they work effectively, recirculate the same stale air over and over. In the case of food production, where pollutants are being created alongside, germs and fumes, traditional air conditioning is exacerbating the indoor air pollution problem further.
Breezair (Seeley International’s evaporative cooler) works the simple principles of evaporation where hot outside air is pumped through water-soaked pads. As the air blows through the pads, the water is evaporated and the heat in the air is absorbed, which lowers the air temperature. A fan then pushes the cool air through a ducting system, which then lets the cool air inside the whole building. Evaporative coolers only use water and electricity to work, thus resulting in a significant saving in running costs. Doors and windows must be left open (or an extraction system installed) to exhaust indoor air, that collects heat, moisture and impurities. To understand how evaporative cooling works you can click here.
Outside air often contain dust and pollen: Breezair filters the incoming air, removing most airborne dust and pollen particles. The wet cooling pads trap most of these particles, which are washed down into the sump by the circulating water.
Often commercial or industrial buildings have small spaces that are hot and uncomfortable to work in. These hot spots can be caused by heat from machines, manufacturing processes, or trapped hot air behind large glass windows. Frequently these spaces are not just hotter than the surrounding interior areas of the building, but hotter than the external conditions too. A better, more intelligent solution, is to use Breezair Evaporative Air Cooling to blanket the hot spot with a flow of cool, high velocity, fresh air, designed to impact your workers whenever they are in that hot location: this is called “Spot Cooling”. More information on Breezair evaporative coolers can be found at www.breezair.com/uk.
Another award-winning solution developed by Seeley International to help companies with heat management is Climate Wizard. The Indirect Evaporative Cooler still relies on cooling the air with evaporation of water: via a heat exchanger, the air cooled from evaporation is separated by the air supplied to the space: thanks to this innovation, the air supplied is colder and there is no moisture added. Climate Wizard can be used as a stand-alone solution or in conjunction with a traditional air conditioner, to pre-cool the air: in this case the consumption of the traditional unit would be dramatically reduced, resulting in a consistent saving in running costs.
Climate Wizard’s cooling performance can rival that of refrigerated systems, using up to 80% less energy. That’s not only great for reducing power bills; it’s also great for the environment. Browsing www.climatewizard.com not only you can understand more about indirect evaporative cooling, but you can also calculate power saving capabilities of Climate Wizard compared to refrigerated equipment.
Evaporative coolers: definitely the best solution to cool industrial and commercial spaces! Because no matter how hot it gets outside, evaporative coolers use the same amount of power and still delivers 100% fresh, cool air inside. This is in direct contrast to refrigerated systems, which require increasing amounts of power as outside temperatures rise. Evaporative coolers’ cost-saving capabilities actually increase, when the heat is at its highest. At the same time, their performance also increases as temperatures rise – again, in complete contrast to refrigerated systems.