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The Cost of Adding Heat and Brake Capabilities to a Non-Heated Paint Booth

Finding the right spray paint booth for your needs can be a bit tricky. The term can mean anything, from a plain space with a fan to a high-tech booth with a complex system and varied features. Obviously, you will have to choose depending on the needs and requirements of your business.

If you’ve been reading about spray paint booths, you may have learned that they come in different types, such as crossdraft, downdraft, semi-downdraft and side-draft. But if the plan is to add heat and brake capabilities to a non-heated spray paint booth, you should consider this seriously as this will surely impact your overall cost.

While custom shops may not call for upgrades, you may need one if volume will likely become part of your business model. While you add heat to your booth, be sure to recycle it so you can pocket thousands of dollars each year in savings.

Cheaper spray paint booths often cost the most to retrofit. For example, you cannot supply heat to a cross-draft booth through its doors. That will be prohibitively expensive and it will require big alterations. In a similar way,installing a heat recycle in specific cross-draft booths can be done, but the cost will be through the roof.

Semi-downdraft booths are easier when it comes to retrofitting for the addition of heat. As very little metal customization or on-site work must be done, installation and labor costs are minimal.

Adding heat recycle is going to be difficult and expensive due to the exhaust’s location at the rear of the booth. Certainly, it will require a substantial amount of ductwork. Side downdraft spray paint booths have ducts that run along the sidewalls, which makes it easy to retrofit with heat. As the heater can be connected to the exhaust duct at any location, adding heat recycling is equally easy. As to downdraft booths, heat and heat recycling can both be added easily, depending on the layout. Installation and labor costs can be kept to a minimum, considering changes to the cabin will not be required.

In any case, the booth should have ample space where you can add heat in the future. 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 make sure that the fuel that will run the booth can be brought to the heater. Lastly, check whether you will be allowed by your city to add a heater, even if that is not in your immediate plans yet. If you take time to consider all of these details, you can save time and money into the future.

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