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heating and cooling for furniture shop12/21
I'm in the design phase for my new 6000 foot shop in Minnesota. I'm planning on in floor heat, but need A/C too. Not only will it make the humid summers feel better, but more importantly, it will help with keeping wood movement steady and prevent failures when my furniture goes into cooled houses with much less humidity.
The general rule of thumb for commercial is 1 ton (12,000 btu/hr) of cooling capacity per 400 square feet. I have 5600 sf with a 12.5 ton rooftop package unit and I leave it set at 75. On super hot days it'll creep up to 78-79 with machines running.
You can get a package unit online and install it yourself. You should be able to get a nice Rheem unit for under $5000.
Don't forget make up air for the spray booth. You'll need something with quick recovery that the in-floor heat won't give you. You'll also need one whale of a good filter system for the AC return air.
I am in northeast Iowa and find that adding humiditiy in the winter months is more important that dehumidifying in the summer.
Gary is indeed correct. The dry winter humidity can easily be under 20% RH in an unhumidified shop, which dries to about 4% MC in the lumber; this is called air that is at 4% EMC. Customers' homes seldom go under 30% RH, or 6% EMC, as a home has moisture added from cooking, showers, plants, etc. and maybe even a furnace humidifier. The summertime humidity when air conditioning a shop will closely match a customer's conditions, but even with a/c it will be close.
Thank you for the replies. I am definitely adding a humidifier to the shop for the winter months to keep the lumber stable and to more closely match customers homes.
From past experience, when we have high humidity for several weeks in the summer, the lumber has too many issues so I do want to have some dehumidification for the summer months. Plus A/C will make working in the summer nicer too.
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