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Tips for Properly Ventilating Your Work Shed or Garage

Hello everyone! Do you spend a lot of time working on projects in your shed or garage? You may enjoy going out to repair a vehicle or equipment, fill up pots with soil for new flowers, or fix a household item; whatever your task, it’s important to have proper ventilation, so you can work with plenty of fresh air flowing around you. I’d like to take a few moments to share some information with you on the topic of shed ventilation.

The Necessity of Proper Shed Ventilation

Proper ventilation in your shed or garage allows you to work on your projects in safety and comfort. If you store gasoline in your garage, there should be fresh air circulating at all times, so you don’t become ill from the fumes. Adequate garage ventilation allows harmful fumes to escape while clean air enters the structure.

Mildew is another problem that can be prevented by a satisfactory system of ventilation in a garage or shed. If you live in an especially humid climate, the stale air can become trapped inside a structure with poor ventilation. A closed environment filled with moist air can lead to the growth of dangerous mold. Inhaling mold spores can cause illness in the form of breathing problems, headaches and more.

A poorly ventilated shed can also be an uncomfortable environment to work in. For instance, during the warm weather months the temperature inside a shed with inadequate ventilation makes it virtually impossible to work. Also, a shed or garage without improper ventilation can start to take on odors caused by mildew and stale air. These odors create a miserable work environment.

Tips for Proper Ventilation of a Shed or Garage

If you were to look at my selection of Amish sheds, for instance, you would see that the construction includes gable vents. This type of vent is visible just beneath the edge of the shed roof. Ventilation of this sort is effective, because when the warm air rises to the ceiling it has a way to escape from the structure. One way to increase the level of ventilation in your garage or shed is to install a ridge vent. This type of vent is installed on the peak or ridge of your shed roof. Ventilation occurs when warm air goes out of the ridge vent while fresh air flows in through what is called a soffit vent.

In addition to having vents to allow air to circulate, you can increase garage ventilation by leaving the door open when you are working inside. You may also want to leave a shed window partially open so fresh air can enter the structure. Be sure that you don’t stack anything in front of the gable vents in your shed so the air can freely flow out.

I hope these tips help you to continue to enjoy working on projects in your shed or garage. Thanks for reading! -Alan

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