Proper Ventilation Is Essential for Growing Flower; Learning About Hydroponic Fans and Correct Air Circulation
The Thrill of Growing Your Own Flower
Making the decision to grow your own flower can be an exciting learning experience that can save you oodles of money. However, it can be a time-consuming and difficult task, especially in situations where it is grown outdoors. Growing indoors on the other hands, can actually be fairly easy once you set up crucial hydroponic fans and an appropriate ventilation system for growing. It actually isn’t that difficult to set those up either, the only thing that will really set you back is the initial financial cost, but after that you’ll be saving money and developing a new skill that can help with plant cultivation in general.
Learning More About the Ventilation You’ll Need When Growing Flower
You may already have a plan for growing flower or you may not, but it’s crucial to analyze the different options available when choosing to grow flower indoors. Typically, your ventilation system for growing will need:
- Excellent air circulation
- An extractor fan to take air out
- An in-take fan
- On some occasions, an infractor fan
- Proper ducting
- Noting the size of your growing space and what lights you will be using
All of these are extremely important, as an improper system can lead to bugs, mold and fungi completely ruining a growing environment if it’s too hot and/or humid. It also can limit and weaken your plants, leading to lower quality and a reduction in the yield of a harvest.
The Star of the Show: Air Circulation
Everything I mentioned before links to creating proper air circulation to let your plants have bountiful, high-quality yields. The first thing you need to note is how large the space you plan to grow in is and how much lighting will be used inside of it; You do this because the lighting will generate heat you need to remove from the space and different amounts of space will require different amounts of circulation. The extractor fan is the powerhouse of the operation that controls the environment for the flower ensuring it stays cool and dry while it grows; A handy graph for determining which extractor fan should be used in different growing situations can be found online. Next, you look towards your intake fan, which is similarly important but is much more flexible.
Strength of the plants branches and stems, which allow the plant to become more resistant and support higher yields
- Humidity, protecting the flower from diseases and plant-killing pests
- Renewal of air inside of the growing space, giving the plants fresh air as they need it
Next, there is an infractor fan, which may or may not be needed inside of the growing space. It is typically only needed when the extraction system is of low to moderate quality and isn’t necessary when using a high quality extractor system; It’s also typically not needed in smaller growing operations. It can improve the climate of the growing area and limit the air pressure that the extractor may cause.
Finding the Perfect Hydroponic Fans for an Extractor System
The aforementioned importance of the extractor fan cannot be understated, it ensures the climate is perfect with cool air and a great environment. A general rule for choosing your extractor fan is that the more space and light output you use, the stronger the extractor fan must be. For a small set-up, you could end up using a small inline extractor, which is extremely similar to traditional fans with blades. However, if you’re looking into building the large grow-room every flower lover dreams of, you will need an industrial fan, which is a full turbine that offers much more efficiency and promotes airflow to an astonishing degree. Another thing to note with industrial fans is that you will typically need them if you’re using high power HPS or HM bulbs; Industrial fans can also remove the odor of the flower, letting you grow in a discreet fashion that will satisfy those who don’t like the lovely aroma. A general rule when choosing your extractor fan is only choosing inline fans when energy-saving lamps are involved or if you would like to include an air interaction system.
The Next Crucial Component: An In-take Fan
Compared to the extractor fan, there is an incredible amount of variety in what you can choose as your in-take fan(s). It should be recognized as the little sibling of the extractor fan, as it may not control the climate or general air-flow of the growing space, but it prevents devastating air stratification. This is why it’s another required component, as air stratification can cause huge air pockets with different core temperatures to form inside of the growing room, which could throw its climate out-of-wack. The first incredibly important thing to recommend when choosing an intake fan is making sure it oscillates, meaning it blows air in multiple directions. However, this next suggestion is where you get to choose, you could use a household fan as your intake fan, which will save money and could be used later on during hot summers, or you can choose clip fans, which save space by fixing on to bars and/or other things. If you want an intake fan specifically for growing flower and other plants indoors, many people recommend Adjust A Wings fans that can be attached on lights, effectively preventing hot spots from forming under heat sources. All of these are viable choices, so it is really up to you and what is within your budget.
Will You Need an Air Interaction System?
As mentioned before, the air interaction system can be optional, but is always recommended as it can only contribute to the climate of the growing space. It may not be needed in smaller spaces, especially with a high quality extractor fan. However, the extractor fans will cause air pressure to build and this can cause a reduction in crucial space when using a grow tent, which is where they’re likely necessary. Of course if you aren’t using a tent for your growing area, they can still be handy. They will contribute to improving the overall climate of the grow room and will constantly renew the environment by bringing fresh air from elsewhere. It’s also relatively inexpensive to include them as a typical inline fan will work for your interaction system. Lastly, it’s important to ensure the capacity of airflow for the interactor is less than that of the extractor’s.
Developing Proper Ducting
Buying quality air-duct(s) for your growing operation is a must, as it can contribute to reducing the noise the ventilation system generates and reducing the smell of the flower. Soundproof air ducts will allow the entire operation to be relatively quiet and indiscreet. Carbon filters integrated into your system, whether they be attached to your extractor fan or otherwise, will reduce or eliminate the smell of flower; When choosing a carbon filter, be sure it matches the capacity of the extractor fan you’re using. The materials needed for developing proper ducts are:
- Duct clamps to attach the air-ducts to the ceiling
- The air-ducts themselves, there is flexibility in what you can choose for this and it generally depends on the size of the growing area
- Air tight collars to develop an air-tight seal and ensure proper release of vented air
- Connector collars and Y-connectors to connect ducting together and spread airflow
When choosing your ducting, you should note the size of your growing area. Here are the different sizes of ducting and when they should be used:
- Four inch ducting should be used in small operations
- Six inch ducting for medium-sized areas
- Eight inch ducting for large growing operations
- Ten inch ducting for industrial and/or commercial growing
It is also strongly recommended to buy light proof ducting over traditional air-ducts, as the large amounts of light in grow-rooms or tents can cause corrosion over time.
In Conclusion, Make Sure You Get the Best Air Ventilation System for Growing Possible
Whether you are a newcomer to growing flower or a seasoned veteran, you hopefully learned some tips that will help you in setting up a flower growing operation. You will always need an extractor fan, a in-line fan and suitable air ducting when growing flower, as those ensure the best environment possible. An interaction system is optional, but can greatly assist in improving the air quality and limiting the air pressure of the operation. Please be sure to do some research on lighting now that you’ve learned the ins and outs of ventilation when growing flower and I hope you enjoy it whether it’s a new grow-op or your first.