Protect Your Crop From All-in-One System Failures With an Anden Dehumidifier

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When choosing HVAC equipment for your cultivation, it’s important to remember that eventually, everything breaks, but that doesn’t mean you have to fear an operational shut-down! According to Randy Lenz — Senior Applications Engineer at Anden, dehumidifier and humidity control specialists — the best way to prepare for that inevitability and build resiliency into your grow is with redundancies.

All-in-one HVAC systems are popular for their simplicity, but putting all your eggs in one basket can have devastating impacts. Not only does a system breakdown risk the loss of your entire crop, but it can also stress the plants, lowering the quality of your grow and opening you up to mold, rot, and failed inspections.

Higher Yields Consulting Protect Your Crop From All-in-One System Failures With an Anden Dehumidifier

Instead, Lenz recommends building redundancy into your system with standalone equipment, like the Anden dehumidifier, from reliable companies that can be easily repaired or replaced when the need arises. That way your systems remain functioning even when individual parts fail. 

Read on to learn more about using redundancies and choosing reliable equipment like an Anden dehumidifier to protect your cultivation from losses caused by all-in-one system failures. 

Protect Your Yield With Dedicated Backup Systems

According to Lenz, instead of trusting an all-in-one system, the better alternative is to segment your equipment with built-in redundancies. Redundancies give you greater, more nuanced control over how the system operates. That’s why when installing an Anden dehumidifier, he always recommends putting in more than one.

For example, dehumidification is critical for preventing mold and rot. Having a dedicated dehumidification backup system with multiple dehumidifiers ensures that if one piece of equipment — be it lighting, air conditioners, or something else — temporarily fails, you’re still able to keep the humidity down and protect your crop.

“We want to have redundancy in there so you’re not working with one piece of equipment that’s grossly oversized,” Lenz says. “So that when you only need to remove a little bit of humidity, you’re not turning out some giant piece of equipment that’s going to overshoot the set point and drive it too far.”

However, that doesn’t mean you should daisy-chain all your equipment together. Instead, Lenz recommends having independently controlled units, or smaller groups of daisy-chained units, that you can run separately or simultaneously as needed.

Assume Things Will Break, But Fear Not

No matter how good your equipment is, needing repairs and replacement parts is a matter of when, not if. There are a few measures you can take to minimize downtime when things inevitably break:

    • Create a critical parts list. Make a list of common, inexpensive parts to keep on hand. That way, when those parts need to be replaced, you don’t have to wait for them to be shipped to you.
    • Use easily serviceable equipment. The more repairs you’re able to do yourself, the less you have to rely on others to do it for you — and the less you have to wait on their schedules. 
  • Buy from domestic companies. When you do need to order replacement parts that you don’t have on hand, you’ll want to avoid international shipping delays as much as possible. 

Higher Yields Consulting Protect Your Crop From All-in-One System Failures With an Anden Dehumidifier

“Everything in the Anden dehumidifier, other than the refrigeration system itself,” Lenz says as an example, “is really easy to replace… We’ve designed it so it’s easy to replace and get it back up and running as fast as possible.” 

Fast and easy repairs are critical for keeping your cultivation operating even during emergencies — so do what you can ahead of time to make those repairs as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Choose Reliable Company Warranties

Because even the highest-quality equipment can break, it’s important to ensure your equipment comes with a solid warranty and that the company itself is reliable. “Anybody can claim a good warranty,” Lenz warns, “but they’ve got to stand behind it.” 

The Anden dehumidifier, for example, comes with a full five-year warranty that offers a completely new replacement dehumidifier — not just a refurbished unit — in the case of a catastrophic failure in the refrigeration system. That level of service, according to Lenz, is just one quality to look for in a trustworthy company. 

When looking for a reliable company to purchase equipment from, make sure the company:

  • Has replacement parts available off the shelf for urgent replacement 
  • Offers experienced, knowledgeable tech support during standard working hours as well as at odd hours and on weekends and holidays
  • Has been in the business for some time with a solid track record of reliable products and warranties
  • Designs their equipment to last — not to wear out quickly and be thrown away

Just as segmenting your equipment and keeping spare parts on hand help ensure your system stays running when parts of it break down, choosing reliable equipment companies and warranties helps protect your yield when disaster inevitably strikes. 

Practicing Redundancy With an Anden Dehumidifier

Your cultivation depends on the quality and reliability of your crop, and relying on an all-in-one system puts it all at risk. 

When you build redundancies into your system with a dedicated dehumidification backup system, and when you purchase equipment like the Anden dehumidifier that come with trustworthy warranties, you protect your cultivation’s stability and longevity. 

Interested in a cultivation design or a quote for a custom dedicated dehumidification backup system? Contact us for a consultation today.

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