How to Improve Your Cultivation with the Right Air Quality Tester & Filtration System

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The ecosystem of a cannabis grow room requires a delicate balance between air quality and flow, lighting, humidity, heat, and other environmental factors. An air quality tester can help you maintain the air quality piece of the overall system, but it must be built into your cultivation design from the very beginning.

HYC How to Improve Your Cultivation with the Right Air Quality Tester & Filtration System

However, even if you factor air quality into your cultivation system from the start, you can still run into serious problems if your air quality solution isn’t tailored specifically to the cannabis industry and your unique facility.

Read on to learn more about how the components of a cultivation ecosystem work together, what happens when they don’t, and how to improve your cultivation’s air quality for healthier, happier crops.

What Makes for a Healthy Cultivation Ecosystem?

Improving the air quality of a cultivation facility isn’t just about using an air quality tester to monitor and treat the air itself. It’s also about introducing an air quality solution that works in harmony with other environmental factors like:

  • Lighting
  • Airflow
  • Heat 
  • Humidity

Marc Byers, Founder and President of Byers Scientific, describes it as a “push and pull” or even, in extreme cases, competition between various technology systems that are used to regulate the grow room ecosystem — especially heat and humidity.

“There’s a tension of trying to meet the needs of the cultivator, which is ultimately the needs of the plant or the canopy, versus the compromise or opportunity cost of altering that to achieve another goal of, for instance, odor mitigation,” he explains.

HYC How to Improve Your Cultivation with the Right Air Quality Tester & Filtration System

Each piece of the overall infrastructure exists in a delicate balance with all the others. If one is thrown off, the others also fail to function properly. 

When everything — including the air quality tester and filtration system — works together synergistically, however, not only is the environment healthier, but the cultivation also saves money and optimizes energy and equipment use. 

Where Do Things Go Wrong?

With such a delicate environmental balance to maintain, there are plenty of things that could go wrong in terms of air quality. Some common mistakes that cultivations often make include:

  • Poor system design and setup: When various environmental controls for temperature, dehumidification, and so on work against each other instead of together, each piece of equipment must work twice as hard, wasting both energy and money.
  • Lack of understanding: Not understanding what’s going on in the air composition prevents you from effectively addressing air quality issues.
  • Shoehorned solutions: Failing to consider air quality from the very beginning sets you up for costly mistakes. Then you’ll be left trying to shoehorn in solutions that aren’t a great fit for your existing systems.
  • Misdirected focus: A lot of people focus too much on odor control and not enough on using an air quality tester and analysis to identify and remove harmful pollutants from the air.
  • Reliance on mechanical knowledge alone: With cannabis cultivation, you’re dealing with very specific types of emissions. Mechanical knowledge of air filtration is important, but so is understanding how to apply that knowledge to cannabis specifically.

Air quality is a key piece of the environmental puzzle. You can’t afford to let it be an afterthought or to tack on a solution without fully understanding the cannabis-specific problems you need to solve.

Where Should You Start Making Improvements?

According to Josh Rembusch, Vice President of Byers Scientific, to implement an effective air quality tester and filtration solution, you need to have both a mechanical HVAC design contractor and a cannabis emissions expert working together.

“It’s not that one of those is wrong or right,” he explains. “It’s taking the knowledge from both and then designing a system that works in harmony.”

HYC How to Improve Your Cultivation with the Right Air Quality Tester & Filtration System

Only by understanding what’s really happening in your cultivation’s air — from both a general air quality and a cannabis emissions perspective — can you implement a truly effective and efficient solution from the very beginning instead of forcing a lesser-quality one later down the road.

“If people are breathing happier, then plants are going to be happier,” Byers says. With the right approach, air quality tester, and analysis, and with blended solutions tailored to your cultivation’s air quality needs, you can improve not only your environment, but also the health of your plants.

A Perfect-Fit Air Quality Tester & Filtration System

Just as every component of your cultivation’s ecosystem must work together in harmony to save money, energy, and equipment use, an effective indoor air quality tester and filtration solution requires balance between mechanical knowledge and cannabis-specific expertise.

Don’t make the mistake of putting off thinking about air quality until later — build it into your business plan and facility design from the very beginning, so your entire system will work together in perfect harmony.
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