When is the last time you thought about the air quality, as well as the heat buildup from the large printers in your commercial print shop? Many print shop owners and employees become desensitized to the smells, odors, fumes and dust buildup from the paper stock, equipment and machinery that is used daily. The heat that is produced from this same machinery is also a factor that can make the shop an uncomfortable, and even unhealthy place to work for your employees. Unfortunately, this desensitization doesn’t make the fumes and dust any less harmful, or the heat and humidity any less safe. Installing wall mounted or rooftop mounted exhaust fans for fresh air exchange, and air circulating fans at workstations and around print shop equipment can help reduce the fumes created by printing large signs and banners while removing excess heat and humidity. Even if your shop already has a central air conditioning unit, using these types of fans can help make the difference in happier, more productive workers.
Hazards of Print Shop Fumes
In order to provide their clients with versatile custom printed products, many shops purchase and install solvent-based printers, which have the ability to print large signs, banners and car wraps. Unfortunately, the inks and dyes used in these printers often contribute to indoor air pollution in the form of chemical fumes, and these fumes can cause sudden and long-term health effects, including dry mouth, headaches, dizziness and sinus allergy symptoms. In severe cases, the employee may need medical attention. Thankfully, installing additional commercial grade fans can help vent fumes and improve your indoor air quality.
Hazards of Excess Heat and Humidity
Along with printing fumes from the ink and solvents, the large printers can also create areas of extreme heat and humidity due to their moving parts and exhaust. This excess heat can lead to more than just feeling uncomfortable and lower productivity. If the heat and humidity is excessive, it can lead to symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, which can require the services of emergency medical personnel.
Types of Print Shop Fans
Our commercial, continuous-duty fans for print shop operations are designed to help remove hot, stuffy, chemical laden air so that it can be replaced with clean, fresh air. When the air quality and temperatures within your commercial print shop are well controlled, your employees, as well as clients will feel better, experience fewer health-related problems, and produce more. We offer a large selection of quality exhaust fans and air circulating fans for all sizes of print shops.
Air Circulator Fans
When it comes to dissipating chemical fumes and excess heat and humidity, a couple air circulator fans may be the answer. Our pedestal air circulator fans can be placed anywhere you have a standard outlet, including in the lobby of your print shop, in the back room, near printing equipment and at individual workstations so that solvent fumes and dangerously warm conditions can be alleviated. Our pedestal air circulator fans have the ability to move between 2,501 to 15,000 cubic feet of air per minute.
Exhaust fans, like shutter mounted and cabinet mounted fans, are the first line of defense when it comes to ridding your print shop of noxious and nauseating solvent and ink fumes and excess heat that is produced by the commercial printers. These fans are designed to be easily installed and connected to your shop’s existing electrical system or an electrical outlet. Many of these fans have multiple speeds so that you can increase or decrease the air flow, according to your needs. Our shutter mounted and cabinet mounted walls fans can move between 360 and 55,000 cubic feet of air per minute, spending on the size, style and speed setting.
Portable Blower Fans or Drum Fans
When you have an excessive buildup of heat, humidity, chemical fumes or machinery exhaust gases, you can quickly ventilate the area by opening doors and windows and plugging in one of our portable blower fans. These large drum fans have the ability to move between 2,501 and 40,000 cubic feet of air per minute so that you can quickly vent harmful fumes, gases and heat to the outdoors. If turned the opposite direction, these fans can also help bring fresh air into the building.
Quality Grade Ceiling Fans
Quality Ceiling fans are beneficial for circulating the air in an entire room. This helps to circulate heat, humidity and fumes sitting at ceiling heights, so that it can be vented to the outside either via the ventilation system. Most Commercial and industrial ceiling fans are reversible and can be used year round to keep heat down at employee level in the Winter, and pull heat up to the ceiling and away from workers in the Summer. We offer ceiling fans with CFMs between 5000 and 55,000.
If your commercial paint shop contains individual workstations for employees, you should consider our line of workstation fans. This fans can be mounted on walls or the ceiling and angled in the direction where you need additional airflow. These fans can help move fumes, odors and hot exhaust air away from workstations while providing additional cooling. Our workstation fans are available with CFMs between 1,200 and 7,500.
To learn more about our commercial print shop fans or to place bulk orders, call us at 866-727-1060.