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Inflator Fan Overview

An inflator fan is a very small fan which is attached to the inner layer of a double layer structure cover. Because the inflator is a squirrel cage type of fan, it can run continuously against the back pressure it has created without over heating.

The primary benefit of the process of putting air between the two layers of cover is to reduce heat loss. By having this cushion of “insulation”, the building experiences a significant reduction in condensation. The air filled pockets acts as a shock absorber therefore substantially stiffens the building in very windy locations. Covers tend to last longer since they are always tight.

The closer you are to achieving dead air space, the more these benefits can be maximized. 4”-5” of air space is optimum. Too much air space will result in air movement and reduced efficiency. When installing a double cover, both layers are on the outside of the structure but only the inside layer is pulled tight.

For all of those who are either off the grid or too far from a practical source of electricity, stay tuned for our solar powered inflator fan announcement coming very shortly

Please see #11 in our installation guide for more information https://multisheltersolutions.com/our-structure-options-coverings/installation-guide/

Solar Power Fan Update

As many of you are aware, we have installed, and are testing an inflator fan which is run totally by solar power. We would like to eliminate or reduce the amount of variables and unknowns before we make this package available. One of the big questions has to do with how many days the little fan can run the way it is supposed to on consecutive cloudy days. During the aftermath of Hurricane Patricia we experienced numerous cloudy days in a row with the temperature just above freezing.

There is not enough margin for leeway in this package so we are checking out a smaller fan. If this works, then this would be the way to go for the smaller greenhouses. Our greenhouse has about 500 sq.ft. of double cover which is not all that big. This would also confirm that we need either need a bigger storage battery or a second solar panel.

Please stay tuned for more updates.

Solar Inflator Update!

We have had much buzz and excitement from customers of the new project we are working on, so we wanted to give you a bit of an update as to the progress we are making toward being able to offer a solar powered inflator fan as an option.

We are pleased to give an update on our plans to offer a solar powered inflator fan kit for customers who are either off the grid or too far from electrical power. North American Solar Solutions has been very helpful with the initial setup and tips on how to monitor the system. The challenge we are evaluating is that the blower needs to run continually, at a time of year when there is the least amount of sun with the highest need for the system.

At present we are using a 300 watt, 36 volt panel with a 20 amp charge controller. The 170 AGM gel battery we are using will not need any maintenance and will not be as susceptible to extreme cold. As we see how the system operates, we will be able to see if anything can be downsized (cheaper) or if there will be some spare capacity for summer ventilation.

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Inflator Fan Overview

An inflator fan is a very small fan which is attached to the inner layer of a double layer structure cover. Because the inflator is a squirrel cage type of fan, it can run continuously against the back pressure it has created without over heating.

The primary benefit of the process of putting air between the two layers of cover is to reduce heat loss. By having this cushion of “insulation”, the building experiences a significant reduction in condensation. The air filled pockets acts as a shock absorber therefore substantially stiffens the building in very windy locations. Covers tend to last longer since they are always tight.

The closer you are to achieving dead air space, the more these benefits can be maximized. 4”-5” of air space is optimum. Too much air space will result in air movement and reduced efficiency. When installing a double cover, both layers are on the outside of the structure but only the inside layer is pulled tight.

For all of those who are either off the grid or too far from a practical source of electricity, stay tuned for our solar powered inflator fan announcement coming very shortly

Please see #11 in our installation guide for more information https://multisheltersolutions.com/our-structure-options-coverings/installation-guide/