Growing weed at home is an art which is great to have legalized, but it has also to be mastered. To enjoy the possibilities, you need to invest in the equipment for your plantation. Among the parameters you need to maintain, there is relative humidity along with, say, temperature and light. If you grow indoors, a humidifier for cannabis is a must, and that’s why you should take its selection seriously.
But how do you choose one so it’s neither overkill nor a waste of money on too weak a device? Here are the parameters and features you need to consider.
Why You Need a Humidifier
It’s known that plants extract water from both the soil and the air, and the two are highly mutually dependent. Weed is very sensitive to humidity, so you need to keep an eye on the moisture, making sure the level is comfortable for the current phase (in case you didn’t know, the perfect moisture differs for germination, seedlings, vegetation, flowering, and late flowering). So right growing is all about the humidity as well as about the temperature.
So, a humidifier is the best solution for indoor growing. Not only does it keep the air moist. Some models also purify the air, essentially making it dust- and germ-free. Anyway, it provides more precise results and less hassle than watering the plants manually.
How to Understand What Humidifier You Need
Not all humidifiers are versatile. Some are more powerful at dispersing the water, some are less so. Some are for greater areas, some are for lesser. The brands also offer different quality and various gimmicks. So, how do you choose one?
- The type matters. Ultrasonic humidifiers are considered the most versatile. Cool ones are cheaper but lack sterilization and make more noise. Warm ones consume more power and are no good for larger spaces. Air filters are the most advanced but expensive.
- Opt for professional models. They are better when it comes to long incessant functioning.
- The volume matters too. If your grow room is large or if you need to leave the place for certain periods, leaving it to automatic controls, you better have as big a tank as possible.
- Mind the area. Measure the area of your grow room and when choosing a humidifier, make sure it can cover it. If the default height in the specs differs from that of your room, though, make the necessary adjustments: the higher the ceiling, the greater the volume for the same area, and thus you must consider the actual area larger.
- Noise levels. Quieter models are more expensive, so decide whether you can stand the noise or better avoid it.
- Check the connectivity. This means if the humidifier can be connected to a water tap, you don’t have to care about the remaining water. A refilling one is irreplaceable if you have to leave your crops alone for a long time.
- Check if there are a hygrometer and automation devices. To sustain the right level of humidity, the humidifier needs instant feedback.
And a Bit on Automation
Automation is a special domain where you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by learning and trying. It’s probably the best way to control all your devices with one smart home center (Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Nest). Thus, you can automate the activity of your devices so that they maintain the right conditions or change it when necessary.
So, search for compatible devices to make one ecosystem around your natural one. Among the platforms. I’d recommend rooting for Alexa, with its widest choice. Though you may also opt for Apple HomeKit or Google Nest if you already have a device or two compatible with these.