By air conditioning we mean preheating or cooling the incoming air. Depending on the construction method and on the type and method of air distribution system, there are various options for conditioning the incoming air:
- From the side of the stable
- Via ground channels
- Through the front wall of the stable
Inno + can provide an Air Conditioning solution for all the above-described ways of air intake. Before the incoming air is conditioned, it is important that the wind influence can be switched off. Together with our consultants at Klima + we can provide you with a complete ventilation concept:
- From advice to realization, and after, optimally setting up your total concept
Read the experience of the Van Dijk-Peters family below. They have been working with it for many years or view other references here.
Sows largely unaffected by tropical heat thanks to air conditioning The Van Dijk-Peters family in Odiliapeel (North Brabant) uses air conditioning from Inno+
“Even during the hottest week of the year it is pleasantly cool indoors and the sows’ feed intake remains high.” Mark van Dijk.
Mark van Dijk’s infrared thermometer puts a number on it: it is the hottest week of the year, and the temperature of the incoming air in his sow barn is fluctuating between 21 and 22 °C. As soon as the pen door closes, the cool air flows through the ground channels to the sows’ noses. This keeps the room temperature in the farrowing pens below 27°C, even when – on Friday 26 July 2019 – the KNMI weather station records exactly 40°C.
Pig farm in figures
- 1,250 (breeding) sows
- 4,500 fattening pigs
- 1 export country for all other piglets: Germany
- 1 megawatt energy production
- 1 type of terminal sire: Gene Plus
- 4 employees
Airconditioning of incoming air keeps houses cool
At the end of July the air conditioning once again proves to be a blessing for humans and animals. Even when it’s stiflingly hot outside, the livestock houses at the Van Dijk-Peters farm are still quite comfortable. The secret is conditioning of the incoming air, which is done using ‘Geo Balance’ technology from Inno+.
Coils of plastic pipe 42 kilometres long lie at a depth of four metres under the ground. Water is pumped through them continuously. At this depth the temperature is 12 °C all year round. The water in the LDPE pipe cools the incoming house air during the summer period. The air is conditioned by means of four heat exchangers, which are hung on the outer wall. There is one heat exchanger on each corner. Two heat exchangers maintain a constant temperature for the pregnant sows. The other two exchangers ensure a constant climate in the farrowing pens and service pen.
Twelve years’ experience with air conditioning in the houses
The company has twelve years of experience with this form of air conditioning. Van Dijk is still delighted with the technology in the houses “Air conditioning offers many small advantages that together make a big difference: Fewer dead sows. The birth weights of the piglets remain more constant throughout the year. The sows feed intake remains higher. The energy advantage: I burn less in the winter and ventilate less in the summer. All things considered, it was a good choice. I make a lot of decisions based on instinct anyway. That was the case here, and I still think it was the right decision.” Mark van Dijk.