Smart HVAC Selection for Successful Cannabis Cultivation

December 16, 2019
Abstract / Synopsis: 

By providing a knowledgeable look at the technologies accessible to all sizes of operations, and describing the relative economics for various systems, this article analyzes profitability impacts as they relate to your business. Other topics discussed include: the impact of short-term cost savings compared to long-term profits when it comes to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)  selection; the ways in which HVAC economics play a large role in profitability; real-world case studies to illustrate concepts in action; and codes and regulations associated with grow room design that should have an impact on HVAC decision making.

In cannabis cultivation, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems will be one of the largest expenses your business comes across when you consider the upfront purchase and installation costs alongside long-term operating and maintenance costs. HVAC system design can affect almost every aspect of your business and business goals, from scalability for future growth to meeting sustainability goals. Because of the significant impact on your budget and your day-to-day operations, it is vital to select an HVAC system that will help optimize your operation from the start.

All other considerations aside, all of the systems you select and design for your facility must make economical sense or they won’t make sense at all. Taking the bottom line of your business into consideration is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to system selection, for HVAC and beyond. To optimize your cultivation operation, you must find a balance between cost and efficiency. Considering both the short and long term impacts of your HVAC decisions will lead to success for your business.

Successful Cannabis Operations Depend on HVAC Performance

Because of the important environmental factors that accompany cannabis cultivation (such as temperature, humidity, and so forth), HVAC performance can truly make or break the success of your operation. Your HVAC system directly controls temperature and humidity and therefore the ability of your HVAC system to control these factors can directly impact your cultivation process. There are many elements to consider to select an HVAC system that will help optimize your operation, but ultimately it will depend on the unique needs and goals of your business. Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” approach.

Budget is something to keep in mind throughout the entire system selection process. When considering budget, think about both the upfront costs and long-term cost effectiveness. If a system costs more upfront but is more efficient and will save money in the long term, it may be worth the spend. On the other hand, be cautious of buying a more expensive system because of popularity or branding traps. The equipment you select and systems designed as a result must make sense for your unique operation.