One of the most popular modifications selected by our clients is adding additional ventilation to their shipping container or storage container. American Trailer and Storage (ATS) can install turbine vents, framed louvered vents, or exhaust vents to ensure that your container is adequately ventilated.
Ventilation is a popular choice because while ISO standard shipping containers are outfitted with small pressure vents to allow the unit to breathe, they are insufficient to create functional ventilation inside the container.
Proper ventilation is essential if you are placing your container in an environment where temperatures fluctuate drastically or when storing items that are sensitive to temperature or moisture.
Everyone has different needs for their portable storage spaces, but if you are planning on storing any of the following items in your shipping container, ventilation is necessary.
In order to keep your machinery in top condition and operating well, it is critical to keep it at a safe temperature range and allow air circulation. Extreme temperatures can undermine the integrity of your machinery and could even cause it to be damaged beyond repair. Additionally, if moisture is introduced to the shipping container and is sealed in, rust and mold could develop.
Ventilation is incredibly important when you are storing any type of household item. If any moisture reaches your items and is sealed inside your container without any air circulation your items can warp, mold, and mildew. Proper packing of your items can help but ultimately cannot protect against this threat like proper ventilation.
Pressurized Gas and Certain Chemicals
While some chemicals are fine in an unmodified storage unit, you will need a ventilated shipping container if you are storing chemicals that are flammable, legally require ventilated storage, or are stored in air-permeable or unsealed containers. Check the legal requirements for each chemical you are planning on storing before transport and placing it in your storage container. There are certain chemicals that cannot be stored in an enclosed space or even transported under any circumstance.
Like chemicals, pressurized gas containers have a lot of legal requirements for their storage. To comply with the law pressurized gas storage must maintain a safe temperature and be well ventilated. Check on the specific restrictions of your product before you make shipping decisions.
Whether you store fireworks or demolition explosives it is imperative to keep your goods dry, safe, and at a constant temperature. An unventilated container can experience extreme ranges in temperature and there is a possibility that your explosives may explode if they get too hot. Additionally, explosives can be ruined if moisture reaches them.
Agricultural Products or Dry Goods
Ventilation is a must when storing agricultural products or dry goods. In a sealed or poorly ventilated container, goods can gather condensation, which damages the product and can even cause rot. Adequate ventilation helps to keep containers cool and dry, preserving your stock and saving you money. This is particularly important when storing dry goods since each temperature change of 18°F cuts the storage life of dry foods in half.
While you would think that vehicles would not require any ventilation, automotive vehicles contain flammable liquids and are made up of materials which can suffer from exposure to heat or moisture. Vehicle parts like engines, vehicle fluids, and delicate internal systems also require ventilated storage.
Since 1994, AT&S has been meeting the transportation and storage equipment needs of customers in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Southern Illinois; as well as throughout the Midwest. AT&S offers semi-trailers, storage containers,portable storage units and can customize a storage container to meet your unique storage requirements. Whatever your storage need–short term, long term, standard, or custom, we can help.
For more information, contact an AT&S Sales Associate at (844) 846-8936 or visit us online to request a quote.