Industrial facilities are often used in places that produce toxic airborne particles, hazardous chemical fumes, dust, and other harmful vapors. To mitigate the effect of these floating dangers, proper industrial ventilation needs to be installed. Put simply, industrial ventilation gets rid of the bad air and replaces it with fresh air from outside.

Ventilation is a necessary part of any industrial facility that will produce harmful air pollutants in a confined space where employees work. It not only cleans the air employees will breathe, it also allows for better temperature control and reduces the risk of fire in the facility.

There are two main methods of industrial ventilation used to keep employees safe – dilution and local exhaust.

Local Exhaust

When contamination levels are high, local exhaust is typically used. It works by removing the contaminated air close to the source, and then sending that air through a series of filters on its way out of the facility. This system requires some upfront costs to set up the ducting, but it can handle large amounts of contaminates in multiple forms.


Ideal for situations that involve low levels of air pollution and toxicity, dilution mixes contaminated air with clean air from outside of the facility. Typically, big fans are mounted on the walls and ceilings to push in the fresh air. This method doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, which makes it a great option for mobile and dispersed sources of contamination.

At Cowen Construction, we’ve successfully completed multiple industrial facilities, taking ventilation and other needs into account. If you’re looking for a Tulsa contractor to build a new facility or remodel an existing one, we can help. For more than 100 years, we’ve been servicing Oklahoma companies of all kinds by building and remodeling facilities.