Growing seasons are becoming a thing of the past. Thanks to the rise of indoor agriculture, growers are now able to grow plants through the winter. If you own or operate a greenhouse or grow room, it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is properly set up for the cold months. Here are some top winter HVAC strategies for your indoor grow room, greenhouse, or agricultural center.
Install Dehumidification Equipment
While most commercial buildings need additional humidity in the winter, this is not the case with grow rooms. Plants give off a lot of moisture, and you will need excess humidity removed from the air over the winter. Otherwise, your plants and structure will be prone to mold growth. Check and adjust your dehumidifier settings as winter approaches. If you don’t have a dehumidifier, arrange for an HVAC company that sells commercial dehumidification systems to install one before winter.
Adjust Your Temperature According to Plants’ Needs
Different plants grow best at different temperatures. Check available resources to determine what temperature best suits the type of plants you’re growing. Adjust your thermostat accordingly. This way, your plants will experience the best possible growth, and you won’t waste energy keeping the greenhouse warmer than needed. If you notice your plants are not thriving as they should, this might mean you need to revisit your thermostat setting.
Schedule a Maintenance Appointment Before Winter
It’s a good idea to have your HVAC equipment professionally maintained once a year. At a maintenance appointment, your commercial HVAC company will adjust nuts and bolts. They’ll also lubricate moving parts and check the system for minor problems that can be repaired quickly. Schedule this annual appointment before winter arrives. This way, your system will be working at its best once temperatures drop. Good maintenance will reduce the risk of a mid-winter system failure, which could lead to plant loss.
Keep Ventilation in Mind
The “V” in HVAC does not always get the attention it deserves. It stands for “ventilation.” Ventilation is very important in greenhouses. After all, you need to let in plenty of carbon dioxide for the plants to use while also discharging oxygen into the outdoor air. A commercial HVAC company can analyze the airflow and ventilation performance. They may recommend adding a fan or adjusting your thermostat settings to bring more air in or out of your greenhouse. If adjustments or changes are needed, it’s wise to make them before winter since your building will be more closed up in the cold months.
It’s incredible to be able to grow plants throughout the winter. However, greenhouses and grow rooms do require efficient, effective HVAC systems in order to perform well. Keep the tips above in mind as winter approaches, and contact H & H Commercial Services for all of your HVAC needs. We provide HVAC installation, repairs, HVAC service contracts, and more.