Six Ways to Prep Your Storage Container for Cooler Weather
Fall is finally here, and if you are the proud owner of a portable storage container, you might be wondering what you can do to prep your shelter for the colder weather. Perhaps you want more control over the climate in a makeshift office or hunting stand. Or maybe you are looking for additional ways to provide temperature-sensitive items protection. Whatever the reason, these seven solutions will help you outfit your container for even the coldest of days:
- Invest in Electrical Heating – Perhaps the most obvious way to prep a cargo container for colder weather is by investing in a heating unit to distribute warm air throughout the enclosed area. This can be accomplished through something as temporary as a portable space heater or as permanent as a custom heating unit. Both solutions will rely on the shelter’s electricity for power, but only the latter will require a contractor to cut the system an opening.
- Channel Solar Energy – A more natural way to raise the temperature of a steel shipping container is through solar heating. By channeling energy directly from the sun, you can warm the space while simultaneously conserving on cost, energy, and electricity. Because solar heating is 100% clean, it also produces less pollution than any other available solution.
- Weatherstrip All Windows and Doors – Many custom storage containers are modified with several doors and windows that allow large amounts of air to leak in. While this might not prove a problem in warmer months, it can drastically diminish one’s comfort in colder climates. One way to resolve this issue is by weatherstripping the edges of each opening. Weatherstripping will not only prevent any cold air from coming in, but it will also stop hot air from escaping, saving an individual on unnecessary expenditures. To find out which weatherstripping works best for you, consult your local hardware shop today.
- Insulate the Walls – Another way to prep your container for colder weather is to keep the cold from creeping in is by outfitting a container with a thick layer of insulation. Insulation will act as a barrier against outside elements while maintaining a cozy, constant climate inside. If your steel shipping container doesn’t already come with insulation, you will need to either install this element yourself or find someone who can. When searching for the right materials, consider your skill level. If this is your first time preparing your container for the cold, you might want to start with something easy, such as fiberglass or spray foam. If it’s not, then you may be ready to tackle a more complicated medium like batts or blankets.
- Cover the Floors – Just as walls often call for internal insulation, the floors of a container will also require some kind of covering. If you are using the space as an office or a hunting shelter, consider outfitting the area with a colorful rug. If the structure is serving as a barn or kennel, cover the floors with straw or hay. Either solution will help keep the ground warm while retaining any preexisting heat.
- Set Up a Heat Lamp – Containers acting as an animal shelter will likely require an additional heat source to keep its inhabitants happy. Heat lamps are an easy way to generate this energy quickly. There is a downside to this item’s rapid results, however. Since these lights get extremely hot, extremely fast, they can cause inside elements to catch fire. As a result, heat lamps require careful care to ensure there are no unfortunate accidents. When searching for the right light for your container, read up on the recommended wattage and accessories in advance.
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Do any of these solutions sound interesting to you? We can help make them happen! At USA-Containers, we are committed to customizing every container to each client’s liking. We’ll add windows, doors, shelves, shutters, heating, cooling, and electrical, as asked. For additional information on our custom designs, check out our past projects, or give us a ring at 866-844-0919. Our office is located at 10069 Township Rd 1950 East, Smithshire, IL 61478, and we primarily service clients across Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Missouri areas.
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