Air quality is often overlooked in indoor growing environments. Growers often rely on ventilation systems to maintain air quality but the truth is that these systems aren't capabe of protecting grow rooms from some very serious and potentially disastrous threats.
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.
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.
Protect your grow space.
Use our sizing calculator to help you determine which unit is best for your room and how many units you need to acheive proper air circulation.
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To clean Square Feet, you will need:
A CleanLeaf media air cleaner is considered an "ambient air cleaning system" designed to run ambient shop air through a series of high efficiency filters and/or carbon depending on the application. When sized for 8-10 air changes per hour, you will create a constant reduction in the amount of airborne particulate in the room between 70-90%. We always recommend capturing the particulate at the source when possible but understand source capture is not always an option. Blue Ox air cleaners are often used as a secondary filtration system to source capture or when source capture is not applicable.
1. First, we determined the air changes per hour requirement from the following:
2. Second, we determined the required CFM for your application:
Sq Footage = Length x Width x Height (We use 12' by default)
Total Required CFM = Sq Feet x 8 Air Changes per hour / 60
3. Determine the total number of units required:
Total Units = Total Required CFM / Unit CF Rating
For Example: 12,000 Required CFM would require (4) 3,000 CFM units