How To Maintaining Grow Room Air Quality
The truth is, air quality is often overlooked in indoor growing environments. Most of the time it's left up to ventilation systems to maintain overall air quality and while you might implement a state-of-the-art ventilation system it doesn't mean it's protecting your grow room from some very serious and potentially disastrous contaminants.
Yes, a ventilation system is used to prevent stale air, cultivate a cool breeze, and replenish CO2 which are all necessary to ensure a healthy harvest, but in reality, they aren't designed to effectively prevent mold, fungus, mildew, and insects from invading (and possibly destroying) your plants.
Growers who are serious about the air quality in their growing environment and want the strongest defense against airborne bacteria should consider installing a grow room air filtration system, also known as an air scrubber or air cleaner.
The type of air scrubber you need will vary based on the unique demands of your growing environment and while air cleaners may not be the most inexpensive piece of equipment, they ensure top quality air quality and production.
Benefits of Air Scrubbers
Control VOCs and Odors
VOCs, volatile organic compounds, are gases/odors in the air. The smell of the fertilizer you use or the scent of the cannabis itself makeup VOCs and while these odors are more annoying than harmful VOCs from fungicides and insecticides can be dangerous. The only foolproof way to element VOCs and control odors is through air filtration.
Growers may not realize that spider mites, whiteflies, fungus gnats, aphids, and all of the other insect pests that make their way into a grow room and start to damage and destroy plants get in through the ventilation system. Air cleaners are used to constantly produce air exchanges, the air goes in, the particulate is captured, and clean air is released and recirculated. Air is constantly moving to prevent the possibility for insects to breed or live comfortably.
Airborne bacteria is commonly misdiagnosed as a nutrient deficiency in plants but may appear in symptoms such as spots on the leaves, overgrowths, speckles, scabs, cankers, blights, wilting, or galls. Getting rid of bacteria before it has the opportunity to reach plants is the best way of defense.
Ward Off Fungus and Mold
Powdery mildew and botrytis are just two examples of damaging fungus that is transmitted through the air. When these type of molds or fungus show up, they quickly cause issues and can even destroy an entire crop. Air scrubbers have the ability to remove 99.97% of particulate down to 0.3 submicron which is invisible to the naked eye ensuring plants are mold and fungus free.
Maintaining superior air quality is important for the growing conditions of cannabis plants and preventing unwanted issues.
In short, protect your garden.