Indoor farming has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it provides a way to cultivate crops with precision and protection from weather-related challenges. However, well-insulated modern indoor farms can create unwanted situations due to high levels of humidity caused by the closed cultivation and crop evaporation.
To combat this problem, an innovative dehumidification plan has been developed that offers significant benefits for indoor farmers. The plan includes four steps that improve humidity levels through an HVAC system within an indoor farm in order of affordability.
- The first step involves preventing localized forms of "water nuisance" to combat condensation and fungus growth. This includes fixing leaking drip systems and drainage ditches and improving the layout and design of the indoor farm to prevent moisture problems.
- The second step involves introducing air movement methods, which reduce stagnant, cool air, prevent condensation and fungus spots, raise the surface temperature, reduce and stabilize humidity levels, and dry moisture.
- If the first two steps are insufficient, the third step involves using ventilation to remove moisture-laden air from the indoor farm and replace it with drier outdoor air. This can be done through mechanical ventilation, such as using fans or exhaust systems.
- Finally, if all else fails, the fourth step involves using a mechanical dehumidification system, which can be costly but effective in achieving optimal growth conditions.
Proper dehumidification offers six advantages for indoor farmers. By following these four steps, farmers can achieve optimal growth conditions and savings while also avoiding negative impacts on plant growth and health, personnel, machinery and equipment, and the environment.
"This innovative dehumidification plan is a game-changer for indoor farmers," says Edwin Snabel, HVAC and Indoor Farm Expert at Bosman Van Zaal. "By following these steps, farmers can achieve optimal growth conditions and savings while also avoiding negative impacts on plant growth and health, personnel, machinery and equipment, and the environment."
Bosman Van Zaal is an internationally operating company that provides turnkey horticultural solutions for farming facilities. With over 100 years of experience in horticulture and 30 years in indoor farming, the company offers expertise and resources to help customers succeed.