Top 4 Tips For Climate Controlled WarehousingJanuary 13, 2021
As we’ve covered in posts like our organic beauty product shipping article, transporting fragile or perishable goods can pose a serious challenge. A solution anyone working in logistics would likely have for this problem is using climate-controlled warehousing. To help you decide whether this system is right for you, we’ll explain what climate-controlled warehousing is and give you some tips to help make it work effectively for you.
What is Climate Controlled Warehousing?
A climate-controlled warehouse is one that can maintain a specific air temperature and humidity. Climate-controlled warehousing is great for any products that are sensitive to fluctuating temperatures and certain levels of humidity. For products sensitive to any changes in climate, any fluctuations could result in permanent damage. If this sounds like the type of inventory you have, climate-controlled warehousing might be right for you, but read on for tips that will help you get the best results.
Tip #1: Find a balance between temperature and humidity
Climate controlled warehouses are unique in that they can control both humidity and temperature. As such, both these conditions must be optimized at a level that will keep your inventory in excellent condition. No matter your outdoor weather conditions, you always need to keep your indoor temperature and humidity in check. This means if humidity or temperature levels change outside your warehouse you need to run a check and see how it is affecting your warehouse climate. Any changes could spoil temperature-sensitive products like medicines that require cold storage.
Tip #2: Use a Good Dehumidifier
Without a good dehumidifier, you won’t be able to change humidity levels. Two types of dehumidifiers exist: desiccant and mechanical dehumidifiers.
Desiccant dehumidifiers absorb moisture from the air using drying chemical substances like silica gel to absorb moisture from the air. They help reduce moisture levels while keeping your warehouse’s temperature at a consistent level. This makes desiccant dehumidifiers perfect for any goods with a long shelf life that need to be stored in constant temperature settings for long periods.
On the other hand, mechanical dehumidifiers are used to manage extreme conditions, for example: milk factories, raw meat processing shops, pharma plants, etc. These dehumidifiers are powerful enough to absorb large amounts of humidity within a warehouse and keep temperature levels consistent.
The main difference between desiccant and mechanical dehumidifiers is how they operate. Mechanical dehumidifiers use refrigerated coils that are cooled with a motor fan while desiccant dehumidifiers use dry chemical substances. Choosing the right one for you will help you keep your inventory in great condition.
Tip #3: Know The Right Humidity Levels
Different types of goods require different amounts of humidity. For example, materials like photo albums, leather jackets, and pianos made of fine wood are known to stick together or melt when humidity levels rise.
Here are the recommended humidity levels for various products according to industry experts:
- Wooden products – 30 to 50%
- Papers – 35%
- Wine – 50 to 80%
- Fabrics – 55%
- Metals – 55%
- Electronics – 60%
No matter what type of inventory you have, it is always important you keep your stock protected from heat and moisture. Climate-controlled warehouses are a great option if you have sensitive products that require careful attention to climate levels.