If you’ve ever grown, it’s likely you’ve come across an issue big or small with molds and mildews, which, if you don’t act quickly, can wreak havoc on an entire crop. What’s more, their presence can make a crop fail microbial testing.
This is why many professional growers are turning to indoor air sanitizers and optimizing their systems to protect their operations.
GrowersHouse, to answer growers’ demand for cleaner grow room air, has introduced three ProGuard air purifiers from Innovative Solutions. These air cleaners are available to international buyers and growers in 49 states. They are not available to California buyers.
Let’s break down everything you need to know about what ProGuard can provide and why horticultural air sanitizers are a key to long-term success.
Why Growers Need Air Sanitation
Why do grow rooms need an air sanitizer? An air sanitizer can prevent mildew and molds that are harmful to your plants. If you’ve ever dealt with powdery mildew, you know why growers need air sanitation. Since grow rooms tend to have high humidity, environments can be highly susceptible to powdery mildew and other molds, plus pathogens that can destroy crops quickly.
It’s important to remember that powdery mildew is almost impossible to combat once it infects a crop, so preventing it is paramount. By adding a grow room ionizer, you can prevent powdery mildew from starting. Implementing precautionary measures and making initial investments for grow room air sanitizers are highly worthwhile come harvest.
Here are key factors about molds and mildews, especially powdery mildew:
- The white and gray mildew formations known as powdery mildew can originate from a variety of naturally growing fungi.
- Powdery mildew spores can be carried by the wind, air exhaust and ventilation systems, pets, and even growers and employees. Practically any living organism can transport the fast-spreading mildew.
- Mildew spores can stay dormant until environmental conditions are just right for them to thrive. Powdery mildew has a four- to seven-day post inoculation window. During that time it’s practically invisible, so it’s hard to know when powdery mildew or other molds are waiting to appear, reproduce and spread.
- Powdery mildew is able to depress the photosynthesis process of plants significantly. That means your plants won’t take up nutrients and energy as efficiently for healthy growth.
- Powdery mildew can affect seedlings, clones, veg plants, and flowering plants.
- Most fungicidal sprays that may be able to treat powdery mildew, other molds, and mildews have a detrimental effect on bud quality and safety. Regulations bar the use of many that otherwise would be effective.
- Crops affected by powdery mildew are harmful to consume. The plants are likely to fail regulatory testing for mold content.
The Latest in Air Sanitizers for Grow Rooms
Air sanitizers in grow rooms are an advance that’s been added to best commercial practices. Sanitizers effectively “clean” the air of harmful pathogens and spores for optimal environments.
The most effective indoor air sanitizers, including ProGuard, use UV energy and other technology, transforming moisture molecules in the air into ionized vapor that can kill pathogens. By contrast, some other air sanitation models emit potentially hazardous gases or chemicals into the air as they claim to be purifying it.
The ProGuard Difference
Innovative Solutions’ ProGuard systems use a process called Active Sanitization Distribution. It distributes the sanitizing effect into the environment, killing pathogens at their point of origin, both in the air and on surfaces.
The ProGuard™ air sanitizer was designed specifically for commercial grow rooms that are naturally high-density and high-humidity. Through a photocatalytic oxidation process, UV energy and a proprietary catalyst turn air moisture molecules into an ionized, mild form of hydrogen peroxide vapor that actively kills pathogens up to 99.9%, reducing mold and mildew threats. The result is an optimally clean environment that promotes plant health, and helps crops pass microbial regulatory testing.
GrowersHouse offers these ProGuard systems, designed for grow rooms of different sizes. Each is powered from a 120V or 240V wall outlet:
- ProGuard Defender DXM 100 with MCI - Proactive Air & Surface Sanitation. Using the technology described above, this versatile and powerful unit was designed to provide coverage for high-load indoor areas, such as grow rooms and drying rooms. It can cover up to 500 square feet and up to 7,000 cubic feet, and can be mounted on the wall or ceiling. Power draw is 25 watts.
- ProGuard Defender DXM 50 with MCI - Proactive Air & Surface Sanitation. Slightly smaller than the DXM 100 model, DXM 50 is designed for smaller grow rooms up to 500 sf or 7,000 cf, tight corridors, trim rooms or processing rooms to ensure all spaces are effectively purified. Power draw is 25 watts.
- ProGuard DXM Mini - Designed for grow rooms and dry rooms up to 250 sf or 3,500 cf, the DMX Mini can also benefit other smaller spaces, such as hallways. Power draw is a meager 14 watts.
Protecting Plants with ProGuard
Now that you know more about the harmful effects of molds, mildews and pathogens for crops, you can see why there’s a rise in demand for grow room ionizers like Innovative Solutions’ Proguard system. When you look at the cost of losing an entire crop, and compare it to the cost of a system that can prevent any loss, the decision is easy for most commercial growers. For the most part, you’ll make your money back in just one mildew-free run.
To avoid the use of fungicides, and the worry over invisible, dormant and lurking mold spores, consider the investment of an indoor air sanitizer for small or large grow rooms. Over the years you’ve taken the time to fine-tune nutrient balance, pH balance, optimal medium blends, and other cultivation formulas. Now’s the time to fine-tune the environment that your crops call home. Find out more about the Innovative Solutions Proguard, or shop their top products at GrowersHouse.