How to Heat a Pole Barn

How to Heat a Pole Barn

Pole barns were traditionally built with poles set in the ground and wood or tin siding with no foundation. Today, pole barns often have concrete floors and steel, aluminum, or fiberglass sheet siding. Regardless of how a pole barn is constructed, it poses unique challenges when it comes to heating because of its simple and open design.

It is possible to contain heat without changing the overall design and structure of the pole barn. Gravel can be added around the perimeter to close open spaces between the bottom of the walls and the ground. Several types of insulation can be used in walls and along roof seams to fill gaps and retain heat.

If the pole barn is not going to be used to store tall equipment or vehicles, a ceiling can be added. This can reduce the amount of open space in the lower part of the building and increase the effectiveness of whatever heat source you decide to use.

After you have insulated your pole barn and installed a ceiling, if you choose to do so, you can select a heat source. You have several options, including forced air, geothermal, wood, corn pellet, kerosene, propane, and electric. The type of heat you choose for your pole barn will depend on your building’s size, location, and design, as well as the cost and availability of various types of fuel. If you have not poured a concrete floor in your pole barn yet, you may want to consider installing radiant floor heating.

If you have installed a ceiling, you can set ceiling fans on low speed with the blades pushing air upward. This will allow warm air to circulate in the space below the ceiling.

When you are ready contact CHA Pole Barns to talk about your pole barn project.


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