Shed for Storing Electronic Parts

by Eamon Baker
(Ireland )

Very good analysis of condensation. Thank you.

I want to store parts for my business. I will be storing electronic parts including printed circuit boards and components and electronic equipment. The climate is damp so I am concerned about condensation and dampness because this will affect the parts I plan to store in the shed

Is a steel shed suitable for this application? I presume it would need to be an insulated steel shed - is this correct?

If not, what would you recommend?

Would the shed need to be continuously heated to reduce moisture levels in the air inside the shed or could this cause condensation problems ( hot internal air meeting cold shed surfaces)?

I find there is a lot of information on sheds but there is not enough detailed information on specific requirements for different use cases.

What are your general recommendations for this type of use case?

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Mar 28, 2018
Climate controlled storage shed
by: John - Admin

Hi Eamon,
Glad that you found the information on condensation useful. I think the starting point for your problem would be to understand the quantity of equipment that you are storing.

I would think that if you are storing sensitive electronic equipment then there are probably fairly well-understood ranges of temperature and humidity that they should be kept within. Stuff I buy is normally in a box, within a sealed bag that has dehumidifier crystals in it.

So I would say that probably storing this in an unheated environment would not be good for your products. Whether the storage building you use is made of timber or metal is immaterial in a way. The build you use needs to be insulated and airtight. The insulation will minimise heat loss and the airtightness will help you to control the humidity and also prevent heat loss.

Any storage building needs to be carefully detailed to prevent’ cold-bridging’ that will allow cold surfaces to come in contact with warm air. Where moisture can condense.
I hope that this starts to give a bit of clarity to your problem. If you can give a few more details I can make some more suggestions.
For a start:
How big is the building that you need?
What temperature do you need to maintain for your products?
Are there any large access doors in the building?

I look forward to hearing more.

Kind regards


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