Cannabis legalization is sweeping the nation. That means more folks building greenhouses in the backyard to provide their own flower. If you’re among those, you know you’re going to want water, good soil, grow lights, etc. You probably also know you’re going to need some kind of grow house air conditioning to control temperature. But what kind of grow house air conditioning is best suited for the job?
At Ingram’s Water & Air Equipment, we don’t exactly have a green thumb, but we can tell you a lot about the HVAC equipment best suited for your backyard grow house operation.
Counter Excess Heat with Grow House Air Conditioning
Many growers use lights to ensure steady plant growth regardless of the weather outside. The main side effect is heat. While some strains are more adapted to heat than others, all plants will suffer with prolonged exposure to excessively high temperatures. The best way to counter excess heat is with grow house air conditioning.
So, what kind of cooling technology works best for a backyard grow house? The system we recommend is a ductless mini-split heat pump. Here are some really good reasons why.
Minimal Floor Space
You want to use as much of your floor space for cultivation as possible. The less room needed for grow house air conditioning, the better. A ductless heat pump will take up virtually none of the territory you want to dedicate to plants. That’s because a mini-split consists of an interior air handler and an outside condenser. The interior half of the system can be mounted on a wall to blow cool air down the length of your building. And, of course, the outside condenser is outside, so it’s not taking up any vital territory either.
Simple Installation of Grow House Air Conditioning
Mini-split heat pumps are fairly simple to install. A trained professional can get an average system up and running quite quickly. Running air ducts is one of the most difficult and time consuming parts of a typical central HVAC installation, and ductless technology avoids it entirely. Most technicians will have a ductless unit going in a couple hours.
Installation is even easier when you use a mini-split intended for amateur installation like the MRCOOL DIY Mini Split. This product comes sealed and ready to go, so virtually anyone can install it. Should you choose to use a MRCOOL DIY, we would recommend that you have a professional electrician wire the unit. Otherwise, you can probably do the work yourself.
Simplicity of installation is also useful if the heat pump you use ever fails. Getting new grow house air conditioning up and running to keep your plants safe is much easier when no one has to wrestle a 100 lb central air handler up into an attic.
Low Ambient Cooling in Grow House Air Conditioning
One of the most important benefits of ductless heat pump technology that you might not know about is low ambient cooling. Most conventional air conditioners are not designed to keep cooling when the outside temperature drops really low. After all, who in their right mind would want to blow cold air into their house when it is 5 degrees outside?
Obviously, you don’t want that for your home, but you might want it from your grow house air conditioning system. Lots of lights mean lots of heat, and a sizable operation can require significant cooling despite it being the middle of winter. Ductless heat pumps can cool even when outside temperatures are as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit. That lets you keep growing even when Mother Nature isn’t.
Energy Efficiency in Grow House Air Conditioning
You’re not made of money. Which means you want to save as much as possible while still getting the grow house air conditioning you need. Fortunately, most ductless mini splits these days are very energy efficient. Given all the lights you might be using, reducing energy consumption where and when you can is a very good idea.
When determining the energy efficiency of a ductless mini split, make sure you check the product’s SEER rating. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the product. To maximize your grow house air conditioning savings, pick a high SEER system.
Multiple Zone Control
Like we said, we aren’t experts on cannabis cultivation, but we are told that certain strains operate better in particular temperature ranges. If you’ve divided up your operation for just such a purpose, a mini-split heat pump is still a great idea for grow house air conditioning.
You can simply install an individual unit for each particular area. Or you can use the same system to heat and cool in up to five different zones via a multi-zone unit. A multi-zone ductless mini-split allows you to operate multiple interior air handlers from a single outside condenser. You still have only one system, but you can maintain five different interior environments.
One of the best things about ductless mini-split heat pumps like the MRCOOL DIY Series is monitoring and operating the unit from an app on your smartphone. A few simple clicks and you can check temperatures, modify grow house air conditioning, and more. Plus, if you do go with the MRCOOL DIY Series for your grow house air conditioning, make sure to utilize the Follow Me functionality to measure temperature from your plants rather than the air handler itself.
Want to Know More About Grow House Air Conditioning?
For backyard do-it-yourselfers and “Cannabis Culture” folks that want to know more about ductless mini-splits or other products that might work for their grow house air conditioning or heating, we’re happy to provide expert advice! Check us out at IWAE.com or call us directly at 270-575-9595. Because while we can’t tell you how to grow your next plant, we can tell you how to keep it cool.