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Hey all.  Summer is approaching and I've been contemplating ways to deal with the Summer heat and keep conditions good enough for the plants to be happy.  Winter is easier in that i need to generate heat anyway.  I can adjust the vents in the grow room to let the lights provide that heat and add a humidifier.  Summer is a different animal.

My Summer cooling system is an evaporative cooler.  I live in a high desert environment which means it is dry and somewhat cooler for the latitude.  High temps are typically in the 90's F come June.  I've been happy to run the evap cooler as it makes the air moister and is relatively inexpensive.  The highest indoor temps get is about 80 F which i'm fine with for a livable space.  Also, our rainy season starts in late July and runs through Sept.  We can get over 2 inches of rain in a month!  It also drops temps down in late summer.

There are a few issues with this.  1) There is a higher potential for mold.  People get their cooler vets cleaned for mold.  2) There is a lot of heat to remove.  3) With an evaporative cooler there is a large flow of air into and out of the house.  Good for removing heat.  Problematic for controlling the release of terpene smell.

So i've got a few ideas floating in my head about dealing with the heat.  They are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

A)  Grow outside.  As it should be: i should be able to plant next to my tomatoes and peaches - but there are a few complications.  Legal here.  Cant be seen from the property line.  Has to be behind a locked door.  All sorts of worms associated with disguising it and theft deterence.

B)  Skip Summer.  Take a vacation.

C)  Time the grow to match nature as far as harvesting in the fall.

D)  Get an A/C unit.  Pay for the power.  Bring the heat death of the universe that much closer.

E)  Pick strains that like heat and are mold resistant.  Still puzzling over which plants.  High Desert valleys next to mountains = Afghanistan.  Hot and moist = Sativas.  

 

So what are your thoughts on this?  What works for you?

Dave the Grower

 
Posted : March 25, 2023 8:41 pm
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 I also vent the extraction air out of the house.I grow in a old house where the ac and heat dont help much upstairs. I run a small window AC it adds to the electric bill but not too bad. It will lower the humidity some though.

ive had temps in my grow room that were low to mid 90's and the plants done fine  the bud wasnt as dense as it could have been but it still did the job.  I also have low RH in the winter and my grows may see 25-35% humidity and the plants do fine.  they are pretty resilient and will adapt fairly well as long as it doesnt get too extreme.  

Hope you find your solution.


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Posted : March 25, 2023 8:58 pm
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@twisted1 Yea, ill find it.  Just needed to get things out there and figured others would be dealing with this too.  Sounds like option "F)  Dont sweat it, you'll get buds" should go on the list too. 🙂

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Posted : March 25, 2023 9:56 pm
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My pick/s are D and E. I live in an old drafty house and have to run heaters and a/c's year round depending on season. I'd look for the best strains....a good Afghani is always nice, and foot the bill for the A/C it'll be well worth it and pay for itself after a grow or two. They make nice, fairly cheap stand alone A/Cs that don't go in a window that work awesome..... can still vent anywhere you want within reason! Good luck!

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Posted : March 25, 2023 11:21 pm
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