Make your grow tent smell-proof with these simple tips.
Having to grow indoors is a blessing to people who constantly need the plants they are growing. If you are one serious home cook with a love of pasta, basil is an essential herb, and you probably produce a lot of it, along with other fragrant spices in your indoor garden. However, basil is quite aromatic, and some people at home may not like it. Disinfectant sprays, wall plug-ins, and scented candles may mask the smell, but they can only do so temporarily. That said, we listed down a few simple tips from indoor grow experts that you might want to try.
Check the air circulation, temperature, and humidity levels of your grow room.
Expert growers suggest checking if the air is circulating through your grow tent. Without proper circulation, you won’t be able to maintain the humidity and temperature control. Remember that grow lights come in different types and emit heat differently. If you are using LED grow lights, heat won’t be a big problem as they virtually emit none at all. As for the other types like HPS and fluorescents, you have to regularly check as temperatures can get really high, which will then cause the air not to circulate properly. With that said, check if the fans equipped in your grow room are doing their job. They should be able to move the air through the garden properly to keep odors and the temperature low.
Make sure your grow tent has carbon filters.
Activated carbon filters, in particular, are very effective in keeping odors away. They are also called “scrubbers” because they scrub the smell and contaminants of the air literally. The activated carbon attracts mold spores, dust, and other pollutants that are carrying the odors and they all get trapped in the filter. They work in tandem with a duct fan to circulate the odorous air through the filter or exhaust clean air out of the carbon filter. These filters already come with some grow tents or grow cabinets, but other growers prefer to make DIY filters.
Get odor neutralizers.
For small indoor gardens, getting odor neutralizers like gels and wax blocks is one effective way to mask the odors. These products bind with the smells of your plants and neutralize them. You’ll only have to place the product in the space next to your grow tent and not inside it. This is because they can alter the natural flavor and smell of your plants. Odor neutralizing sprays are also available, but make sure not to spray them inside the tent as the spray’s smell will stick to the plants. Also, these products are not recommended because they can only mask the odor temporarily. They are best used only in emergency cases.
Get a grow cabinet.
Lastly, get a grow cabinet if your budget allows you. This type of grow room is designed to be air-tight and comes with all the complete components needed like filters and fans to make sure the odor stays inside the cabinet. This grow room is indeed an investment, as it costs more than your grow tent. However, if you really want a garden that can keep the smells confined inside, then a grow cabinet is the way to go.
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