With energy costs continuously on the rise, more commercial buildings are beginning to look for ways that can create a healthier, more comfortable atmosphere indoors, while keeping costs down. Eco-friendly designs such as natural ventilation can help you achieve those goals, providing much needed air flow through the building, but without the associated costs of a traditional HVAC system.
Sometimes known as “breathing buildings” commercial spaces that have natural ventilation added to them can make use of the occupant’s presence and body heat to help direct air flow through the space. These cost-effective vents, such as those produced by Kingspan, provide a lot benefits to any building they’re installed in, including commercial spaces.
Natural Ventilation Benefits
Ventilation is crucial to any building. Vents keep air circulating throughout the interior, exchanging stale, indoor air for fresh air from the outdoors. This helps to eliminate excess moisture and prevents heat from building up in the upper stories of the building, where it can cause energy costs to rise.
Traditional forms of ventilation rely heavily on fans or mechanical processes to push the air through the building, sometimes on its own and sometimes as part of your HVAC system. Because the ventilation needs to run constantly to keep the air circulating, this can cause a spike in energy bills for the building.
Natural ventilation does not use any fans or mechanics to circulate the air, relying instead on either air pressure or wind. So, switching your building’s ventilation system to one of Kingspan’s natural vents can help lower energy costs for the entire building, allowing the vent to pay for itself over time.
2. Healthier Building
Many buildings are under-ventilated, meaning that they do not have enough vents to keep air circulating at the desired rate. The result of this is a build up of moisture particularly in the upper floors of the building, where rising heat and humidity can become trapped.
Over time, excessive amounts of trapped moisture can lead to the formation and colonization of things like mold and mildew – two of the culprits behind the so called “sick building syndrome”. By providing more natural ventilation in the building, you help eliminate the moisture and its associated problems.
Because natural vents are minimal, there’s also less ductwork for things like dust to collect in, further reducing issues such as allergens within the building itself. The result is a more comfortable, healthier building for people to work in.
3. Eco Friendly
Many businesses today are going green, both to accommodate city or town regulations where they are located and to help make a more positive impact on their community. There are also businesses today that see going green as an extension of their core values, and as a way to help project those values in a visible and effective way.
By switching to natural ventilation, you can help to make a positive impact on the environment as well as on your budget and on your building. Natural ventilation requires no outside energy source to operate, relying solely on those elements that are already present in and around the building. Installing natural vents therefore lines up well with any company’s desire to help benefit the environment in an unobtrusive and effective way.
Install Natural Vents
Natural ventilation is simple, effective, and beneficial to any building that it’s installed in. Making the switch is easy and the vents can be retrofit to older buildings or installed in new construction. When you want to start lowering energy costs and providing a healthier atmosphere for your building and the environment, consider making the switch to natural ventilation in your commercial space.