Why Your Shipping Container Needs Vents

Shipping containers were originally designed to hold and store cargo as it traveled across the ocean. While small vents are typically already included in the original design, acting as pressure vents to promote air circulation, it’s still a good idea to add more vents if you acquire it second hand.

Many people choose to repurpose shipping containers into other things, such as storage units, offices, guard shacks, pop up cafes and tiny homes. If you’re only using the container for storage of goods, you probably don’t need more vents, but if you’re planning to store sensitive equipment or temperature-sensitive items in there, you will have to make this important modification. Same goes when you’re planning to use the unit to live or work in.

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Types of Storage Container Ventilation

There are many types of storage container vents. Here’s a look at the most common.

1.     Passive Vent Modification

If you plan to store non-temperature sensitive items and you live in a moderate climate, you may be OK with the existing vents. Just remember that those small vents are only good for minimal air flow. Items that would be safe to store would include lawn and athletic equipment, or any other items that aren’t threatened by climate changes.

If you want to go a step further and protect your stored items, you can modify the container in one of three ways:

  1. By installing new, upgraded vents
  2. By adding insulation to your storage container
  3. By adding climate control via air conditioning systems

2.     Active Vent Modification

If your stored items will require better air flow, you’ll want to install more effective vents than the ones that were included by the manufacturer. You can add bigger, more specialized vents at the top or bottom of the container. To guard against moisture buildup, you could add active ventilation to provide air circulation with mechanical fans. These vents will keep odors at bay. Conversely, passive vents use natural air currents that the weather causes. You will need an electrical connection if you are going to install active vents.

3.     Add Insulation

Spray foam insulation is your best bet here, especially if you want to store items at a moderate temperature. Adding insulation will provide protection for stored contents against hot and cold temperature changes. Thus, the interior will stay at an even temperature.

4.     Add Climate Control

To further regulate temperatures, install an air conditioning system. There are many unit types to choose from, such as a PTAC unit, a window unit or a wall-mounted unit. Each one gives you varying levels of control, and the one you choose will depend on the sensitivity of your items. Air conditioning units can give you the peace of mind knowing your container will stay at an ideal temperature regardless of what the weather is doing.

Contact Kickbox Leasing

Kickbox offers several modifications for shipping containers, including vents of all kinds. To get more information, call us, or browse online to see our products. Please complete our online form or email us at sales@kickboxstorage.com, or just call us for a free quote at 806-410-1970.

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