How to Keep Metal Buildings Warm in the Winter?
If you live in an area that gets cold during the winter there are several steps you can take to keep your metal building warm. Always remember insulation has a payback and if you save just a mere $100 per month that equates to $24,000 over a 20 year time span. There are options to save on energy costs without turning down the heat.
First, are you asking this because your current insulation package is not working or is it because you have no insulation? It’s most important to insulate your building for a building without any insulation has so many air leaks the energy cost are so high that the payback to insulate could be less than a year. Depending on your specific climate it’s important to choose an insulation with an appropriate R-value. Higher R-value insulations are best for colder environments. We do not believe your building already contains a high-quality insulation or you would not be asking this question. There are a few other steps that will help keep you warm during the winter months.
Seal the windows, corners, base and eaves
If your steel building has older windows, it’s a good idea to reseal them before winter strikes. Cold air can easily enter your building through cracked window seals. If you notice a cool breeze when standing next to window areas it’s time for some maintenance. If your windows are outdated, building owners may want to consider replacing the treatments altogether. Spray foam insulation is great at sealing the building air leaks but can be expensive. If you can just seal the eaves, base, corners and around all panel ends then place fiberglass over the panels then this is a great start. Even fiberglass tight around these areas will significantly stop air leaks.
If you live in a colder climate, consider the layout of your building during the construction phase. Choose a design with low ceilings and minimal wasted space. High vaulted ceilings make area harder to heat. Face doors south for snow melt and north in high heat areas. Spend less on utilities and maintain better climate control with an energy efficient layout.