Insulation of Grow Rooms
We see insulation all around us. Animals are covered in fur, which is one of nature’s forms of insulation. When we go outside on a cold winter day we put on a coat, which is fashionable insulation. As a rule, the thicker the coat the more insulation it provides. In our homes, our attic is the most common place to see insulation between our rafters.
Why Is Insulation So Important for Grow Rooms?
The purpose of insulation is to prevent heat transfer. There is a very good reason for the insulation in your business – it saves a LOT of money. The cost of energy for heating and cooling is one of the biggest expenses of a business on a day-to-day basis and certainly varies as to where you live in the country. When it’s very hot in summer months or very cold in winter months, a business can use hundreds of dollars in energy. Insulation helps reduce that bill by slowing down the movement of heat through the walls, floors, and ceilings.
Keeping this in mind, insulating your cultivation or grow room is vital. You must be able to control the entire environment including the airflow in and out of the room, the heat, air conditioning, humidity, and CO2 inside the room. Insulating the walls and ceiling will save you energy in the long run, which means more money in your pocket. At the very least, insulate the outside walls to keep any major fluctuations in temperature from occurring. Remember, you want these marijuana plants to Budd and Bloom when YOU want. If cool temperatures are recognized by the plants they may flower prematurely. As for the roof or canopy of your enclosure, it is not quite as important. The lights that you put in there are producing heat, and heat rises. As for the walls, if it’s inside an existing building already, an R11 wall (see a better description below) will be just fine if it’s enclosed and air does not escape the enclosure; although, insulation of the roof can save you some money in the long run.
Insulation is measured by its R-value. The R-value lets you calculate how much heat will transfer through a certain wall area, depending on the temperature difference between the indoor and the outdoor air. The “R” in R-value stands for resistive. R-value is a way to shorten up resistive value into the term R-value.
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