Blog – Using ventilation-based cooling to reduce the risk of COVID transmission in industrial buildings
18th May 2021
By Toby Beresford, Head of Operations at EcoCooling.
Evaporative cooling – an energy efficient and effective cooling and ventilation solution for large spaces.
With summer around the corner, rising temperatures and inadequate ventilation in buildings provides another hurdle for businesses looking to get back to normal amidst the COVID crisis. Evaporative cooling can offer an effective solution in a cost and energy efficient way.
A proven and flexible system
With over 500 installations for some of the largest manufacturers and distributers in the UK, EcoCooling evaporative cooling systems are a proven, flexible solution which can be deployed quickly to address overheating and ventilation issues. From compact workshops to large warehouses, there are many reasons why evaporative cooling is becoming a first-choice option for many businesses.
Refrigerant free cooling and ventilation
As part of a balanced ventilation system, evaporative cooling is achieved through the natural process of direct evaporation of water into supply air, which is extremely effective in temperate climates like the UK. Air supply temperatures off the coolers do not exceed 25C, without the need to utilise any refrigerant technology.
The most energy and carbon efficient cooling system for large spaces
Even on the hottest days, a standard unit covering a 250m2 area or spot cooling a 15m diameter zone can operate at a cost less than 13p in electricity and 1p in water per hour, based on service costs of £0.12/kWhr and £1.20/cum respectively. This gives an energy saving of 90% on an equivalent refrigeration-based system with a 35kW cooling load.
An additional benefit of an evaporative cooling-based solution is the cost of installation, which is a fraction of that of refrigeration.
In terms of carbon footprint, a cooling unit would account for 1,749kg per year, compared to 17,495kg for the alternative. When combined with the latest in EC fan technology, efficiency is second to none and can help businesses achieve ambitious carbon reduction targets.
Effective and simple cooling for industrial buildings
Aside from the cost and energy saving benefits, evaporative cooling is a versatile and resilient solution which can often be used in facilities where traditional cooling methods are either impossible or cost prohibitive.
Evaporative cooling solutions work just as effectively regardless of the facility’s level of containment, such as areas where windows and roller shutter doors are in constant use, or factories with extraction requirements. Due to the modular nature of the units, they can even be installed in conjunction with existing AHUs and extract fans to further reduce costs and get the cooling the facility needs quickly and effectively.
As standard, a cooler comes with a variable speed fan, allowing manual and automatic thermostat-based control which can easily be integrated into a BMS or fire system. Facilities requiring a more tailored approach can take advantage of PLC-based control, allowing a wide array of configurable options, from scheduling to temperature mapping.
Combined with a range of filtration options, evaporative cooling can be utilised in facilities with high air quality standards, such as food manufacturing and pharmaceutical settings.
Increasing productivity by keeping people and processes cool
Having a well ventilated, comfortable work or storage area has been shown to increase productivity, product stability and improve the wellbeing of staff throughout the year. This is especially true in the summer months, where without an effective cooling solution some processes may need to be halted altogether, and excess heat becomes a safety and quality concern for staff and product.
A well-balanced ventilation system is particularly important for businesses looking to maintain consistent and efficient operation in light of the ongoing COVID risk, while also helping to remove unwanted dust and particulates from the air.
EcoCooling are an established UK manufacturer of evaporative cooling solutions. Being a leader in the industry means you can be sure our knowledgeable, experienced team will find you the best solution for your needs. With a large stockholding in our Suffolk warehouse and a wide network of established installers across the UK, we are ready to discuss your project to combat summer heat!
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