A General Steel building to keep the temperatures right
In the Midwest we are always making jokes about how volatile the temperature here can be. “Don’t like the weather? Wait a few minutes and it will change,” is the cliché and overused joke that runs most rampant amongst strangers making small talk and people in bars. Not only does the weather change completely at the drop of a hat but we also have a lot of fairly extreme weather. It can get to deep below freezing and then up into the hundreds sometimes for weeks at a time. These weather factors have made it a little more difficult to be a farmer where not only do temperatures like this kill off my plants but I also need a storage place to keep my seeds and other materials that can be kept at somewhat of a constant temperature and humidity. I am also working on increasing how long I can keep things fresh in some kind of storage state after harvest. Because of the sometimes unexpected heat and sun however, I have been having an increasingly difficult time trying to accomplish this. In the past I have spent a small fortune trying to keep the decently large storage area at appropriate temperatures. It was costing so much that I needed to look into other methods or else I feared I would end up bankrupt. A bit of research and talking to others with the same issue and I came across the idea of using steel for the building. Steel is already cheap which is a huge plus but it also has many features that regulate the inside temperature quite well, better than any other material I have seen so far actually.
There are a few different ways General Steel buildings can help keep a steady temperature. First of all, steel is generally good at insulating temperatures. This means that with just a little bit of power the room should stay fairly stable.
The second and probably most impressive factor in regards to the heating and cooling of General Steel buildings is the new cool pigment roofs. What this actually means is a new kind of material that is a coating for metal roofs, which reflects the light, and therefore heat, away from the building. I know it has to be more complicated than that since all metals reflect sun and therefore heat but that was the basic description I was provided. As long as I know it works I am not particularly picky about all of the scientific details.
I read an example of a school that was build with a roof like this and they spent $8,000 less every year than they were previously paying for heating and cooling costs. Even though I will probably have to keep my unit a little colder than the school was probably set at, it still looks like having a General Steel building will mean my spending a lot less money to keep my farm going, which in the end is really all that is important.