The Cost of Adding Heat and Brake Capabilities to a Non-Heated Paint Booth
Choosing the right spray paint booth can be quite tricky. After all, the term can mean anything, from a bare space with a fan to a high-tech booth that offers several features made possible by a complex system. Of course, you will have to pick the one that suits your needs the most.
If you’ve been researching spray paint booths, you may already know the different types they come in including crossdraft, semi-downdraft, downdraft and side-draft. But if you’re thinking of adding heat and brake capabilities to a non-heated spray paint booth, you need to seriously consider the move, especially its impact on your total costs.
While custom shops may not call for upgrades, you may need one if volume will likely become part of your business model. While adding heat to your booth, make it a point to recycle it so you can save thousands of dollars a year.
The cheaper the spray paint booth, the most expensive it usually is to retrofit. For example, you cannot supply heat to a cross-draft booth through its doors. Major alterations will be needed and the costs can be prohibitively high. Similarly, while you can always install a heat recycle in certain configurations of cross-draft booths, it will cost you too much.
Semi-downdraft booths are relatively easier when you want to add heat. As very little metal customization or on-site work must be done, installation and labor costs are minimal.
It would be difficult and pricey to add heat recycle because of the location of the exhaust, which is at the back of the booth. Definitely, substantial amounts of ductwork will be needed. When it comes to side downdraft spray paint booths, retrofitting with heat is easier since the ducts run along the sidewalls. It’s also as easy to add heat recycling because the heater may be connected to the exhaust duct practically anywhere. As to downdraft booths, heat and heat recycling can both be added easily, depending on the layout. Installation and labor costs will be minimal as changes to the cabin will be unnecessary.
In any case, there should be sufficient room in the booth where you intend to add heat eventually. Your building should have the right electric load, and be aware of where the power will be run so you can come up with an accurate estimate of your costs. Also determine whether the fuel to run the booth will actually be available and can reach the heater. Finally, ensure that adding a heater is allowed by your city even if you have no such plans yet. Just by taking time to look into all of these details, your business can enjoy money and time savings in the future.