There are many factors to consider when building a new barn or renovating an existing facility. Among the top considerations are two elements that go hand-in-hand – barn lighting and ventilation.
A well-lit and well-ventilated barn takes careful planning. Working with an experienced horse barn builder who understands the importance of building a barn to benefit the horse first, ensures your structure will be as safe as it is healthy.
Aside from the obvious cost savings, natural light is the best and most healthy type of light for your horses. Unfiltered light provides Vitamin D, which helps your horse maintain a strong, healthy coat.
Using a smart design for doors and windows also helps to increase the time your horse is exposed to its natural environment and is instrumental in keeping good airflow throughout your barn, which helps to reduce the build up of unpleasant odors due to horse waste.
B&D Builders Lighting and Ventilation Tips:
- Position your barn to take advantage of winter sun and minimizing the effects of the hot summer sun.
- In warm climates, create openings toward prevailing winds to allow the natural breeze to enter the barn.
- In cold climates, orient doors away from prevailing winds to create a wind block.
- Add a fan to your cupola to pull out stale air.
- Hang light fixtures at least 10 feet high and encase wires in metal to avoid wire damage or fire hazards due to rodents chewing on wires.
- Overhead and wall-mounted lights in walkways creates a warm, welcoming environment.