The safety of horse's barn is important. If your barn is not well-ventilated, this should be at the top of your list for renovations. Poor ventilation can lead to respiratory issues such as equine asthma (formerly known as heaves). You can improve it by including windows, ridge vents, roof vents, soffit vents, and fans in your barn design. As a general rule, your facility should have constant natural air movement without it blowing directly on the horses. There should be intake openings low and high for exhausting damp air. Depending on your barn’s construction, the cost of installing these will vary from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
You can gain natural light either through windows or skylights or both. Retrofitting these items can be costly, again depending on the type of wall or roof construction involved. Basic translucent roof panels are the least expensive option at approximately $50 each plus labor. More substantial skylights can cost thousands each, with the most expensive types featuring motorized open-and-close capabilities to help with ventilation.
Place windows for ventilation high enough in the wall to prevent horses from damaging them, or install protective bars or mesh (which can make cleaning difficult). Even with protection, barn windows for natural light should be constructed with tempered glass. Like skylights, the cost of windows varies, but the labor to install is the more significant item.
The cost of wireless devices has plummeted in the last few years. The biggest hurdle might be the distance from the barn to the house where you monitor the camera. Wi-Fi installed in the barn can mitigate this, or you can buy long-distance transmitters for some systems. Surveillance systems marketed specifically for barns tend to have more rugged cameras designed for outdoor use and run $500 to $2,000, depending on the number of cameras and the size of the transmitter.
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