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If the ridge and gable vents are the main routes that hot or damp air is directed out of the building. How is cooler and drier air allowed to enter the building?

Cooler air is drawn into the building through vents that are in the soffits of the eaves, through the shed windows and doors and or drawn in by fans in the shed walls. Having these planned entry and exit points to control the flow of air into and out of the building brings up the question of what causes the air to flow through the building.

Air can be drawn through the shed passively or actively using fans. If this passive ventilation does not happen fast enough then opening the door or window will help to let more cool air in flushing out the hot air from the roof. The passive ventilation can be a bit hit and miss. The direction of the building in relation to the local winds, the strength of the local winds and also the local topography and distribution of trees and buildings can have a significant effect.

With more extreme climates and larger sheds, the air flow sometimes needs a little help in the form of active ventilation. With active ventilation the natural flow of air is given some help Active ventilation gives the air flow a hand by either drawing in cooler air or flushing out the hot air at the top of the building. Air can be flushed out using a whirlybird rotating cowl type vent. This type of vent is situated on the shed roof and is powered by the wind.

The faster the wind blows the more air is drawn through the vent. The more airtight a shed is the more sophisticated the management system needs to be. In a large office type shed for example that is weather tight and occupied the whole year around then an air source heat pump might be used. This system would draw cool air into the building and then recover the heat from the warm stale air that it extracts so that minimum energy would be lost.

However, by the sounds of it, Mark the heat recovery system is a long way from what you are after. Getting back to Marks question I would say that the whirlybird type of vent would give this shed a good chance of venting the hot air out of the roof, with a bit more assistance than just relying totally on passive air flows. The whirlybird vent should be to remove the hot air from the top of the roof and so would not be required to be connected by ducting to the main space below.

The hot air in the lower space would naturally rise up the building. My concern here would be the lack of control in winter as you might then want to significantly reduce the airflow. So an alternative could be gable vents with powered fans.

These vents could then be significantly reduced in winter so that the heat loss is controlled. The insulation to the walls will help to reduce the heat gain in the summer and will also reduce the heat loss in the winter months You might like to have a quick look at this article on shed insulation.

It would be worth looking into insulating the ceiling to the main space depending upon exactly how you intend to use the building. Hope these thought are of use and please let me know how you get on.

Click here to add your own comments. How to control condensation in metal sheds. How to insulate a shed can also reduce condensation and damp. Drive out the dampness with a woodburning stove. Return to Questions about controlling dampness in sheds.

Eaves soffit vent on both sides or one side? Also added an eaves soffit vent on the back side of shed from one end to the other 10' long. I was thinking putting a soffit vent on front side also from one end to the other 10' long. Or would that be over doing it. No ventilation at all before roof replacement besides 2 small windows in the front each side of door.

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