(1) an oscillating fan (pedestal or wall mount),
(2) an “intake fan”(I recommend a heavy-duty inline fan), and
(3) last but not least, an inline fan for your exhaust/outtake.
Why Use an Oscillating Fan?
An oscillating fan is one of the most important sources of air circulation for your indoor garden. Without one, you run the risk of molds, fungus, disease, and pests due to stagnant air. The air circulating throughout will help prevent these problems. You want to see your plants moving as wind is blowing on them; this will also strengthen your plant structure.
The intake fan will be your garden’s source of fresh air. Typically, the intake should be mounted as low as possible. Fresh air is very important for your plants and especially your plants’ roots. You want to keep fresh air running through your garden, it will help keep your room temp down and reduce the risk of molds, fungus, diseases, etc. Ask your local hydroponics retail store what size inline fan will be efficient for the size of your room.
The exhaust is the final piece of the puzzle. Your exhaust works best when mounted as high as possible; for example, on your ceiling. This will keep heat down, as heat does rise. You may also want to connect a carbon/charcoal filter if you have any pesky odors lingering. Again, ask your local hydroponics store what size inline fan will be efficient for the size of your room. They can also help you choose the correct carbon/charcoal filter to suit your needs. Put these three fans to work in your garden and you will have the best air circulation on the block.
Grow big or go home!
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Thursday, 13 January 2011