Each apartment in our building has a small storage room in the parking lot. The doors to those rooms have grilles which allow dust to come in. The result is that everything I put in there I have to cover with plastic sheets. I am inclined to replace that door or cover the grilles somehow. But I always try to understand the reason something is the way it is before I do any changes to it. So what is the point of those grilles? The only thing that I can think of is that they allow air circulation but that's exactly what you don't want there, when the door opens directly to open air.
I am attaching a picture that shows a door that has similar grilles, even though my door has grilles all over the door and not just near the bottom.