Indoor Grow Facilities, Meet SPHINX™
For anyone who has ever tried to keep an orchid alive, you know how finicky plants can be. They need just the right amount of water, sunlight and care. Well, the same goes for plants in a grow house. We’ll explore what indoor growing entails and how SPHINX is changing the game.
Understanding Indoor Grow Houses
To understand how an indoor grow operation works, we must first identify what exactly a grow house is. An indoor grow house is a facility—typically in a suburban or commercial area—with multiple rooms for growing plants in a controlled environment. Indoor facilities are contained and utilize artificial light to cultivate their plants. Some growers also utilize greenhouses to grow plants. These (typically) glass structures use natural sunlight to cultivate their plants. The problem greenhouses face is that they simply open vents to control temperature and humidity; this, however, can allow for contaminants to enter the air stream. These and other factors can impact the amount of control a licensed producer has over the growing environment.
All About Control
Cultivating plants is a bit of a science that requires some degree of precision. You need to ensure that the plants are getting enough light and water, but also that they’re not getting eaten by pests or damaged by heavy rains or hail. Indoor grow houses have a lot of control when it comes to environmental factors. Not only can they control the temperature and humidity, these kinds of indoor facilities can also control the light intensity and light cycles. This allows for year-round cultivation (and a higher yield).
Keeping Contaminants Out
In addition to needing the proper amount of water, sunlight and care, plants also need to be protected from mold, powdery mildew and other contaminants that can harm them. Indoor grow houses are sealed, which can have many benefits, but it can also be problematic when it comes to contaminants and pests. Because these facilities are enclosed spaces, pests, mold and powdery mildew can potentially spread quickly and decimate a crop. This can also create poor air quality due to a buildup of odors and gases and poor recirculation.
The spread of powdery mildew, mold and disease can be worsened by poor ventilation. Many indoor grow facilities have inlets close to their exhaust fans, so instead of taking contaminants out of the facilities, they’re being sucked back in (which can exacerbate the problem). With SPHINX, however, indoor grow houses can remedy the issue before it becomes a serious problem. Our proprietary media has an oxidizing agent that minimizes powdery mildew and mold.
Local governments across North America (Read More Here) are enforcing stricter regulations around grow house odors, making odor control more of a necessity than a nice to have. Cultivation can release foul odors that impact nearby neighborhoods if not managed properly with an odor control plan. While indoor grow houses can protect themselves from the introduction of outside air better than an unsealed greenhouse, they still require filtration to ensure they’re not releasing odors into surrounding communities. The solution? SPHINX. It helps to properly recirculate and exhaust the air while eliminating odors.
Purafil’s SPHINX media, filters and equipment were designed after extensive gas sampling at grow facilities across North America to target the specific gases grow facilities are trying to eliminate. Our engineered media removes 99.9% of odors commonly found in grow. Not only will you have happy neighbors, but you’ll have healthy, happy plants, too!
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