In the off chance someone brings up air conditioning, furnaces, or HVAC most people instantly think of their own homes. Some may think of their work environment where they are either constantly freezing or burning up. We wanted to expand that limited view and feature some more unconventional, or obscure HVAC systems that indirectly, yet positively affect our lives.
The concept of vertical farming initially took root within the confines of homes, as a means for individuals to cultivate fresh produce in limited spaces. This innovative approach involved stacking layers of plants vertically, using specialized systems that optimized light, water, and nutrients. Today, vertical farming has transitioned from a domestic practice to a prominent player in commercial agriculture. With the larger scale, indoor productions came a need for unique air quality.
To cultivate the optimal environment for growing, humidity, airflow and temperature must be achieved. As growers began to expand, they realized it would take more than a standard HVAC system and installation to meet their needs. A new niche has been carved out in the HVAC world for those who have trained and have the specialized knowledge to design and install the right system for commercial vertical framers. Hoogendoorn is among the top providers of climate control systems for greenhouses and is expanding quickly into indoor vertical farms.
When asked about the role of HVAC in indoor farming, Luis Trujillo, General Manager of Hoogendoorn said, “Whereas a greenhouse’s first step to dehumidify would be to open the vents, indoor farms have little choice but to run the HVAC in continuity to ensure continuous airflow, export of heat from the lights, and removal of water vapor produced by the plants. With HVAC being one of the most important systems in a vertical farm (alongside irrigation and lighting), it is crucial that these systems communicate well with climate controllers and be properly dimensioned.” Keeping your climate stable: HVAC and vertical farms
As environmental factors continue to change and affect the way we live, we may see vertical farming become more popular and necessary. And with that, the need for specialized HVAC systems will grow, providing more quality trade employment opportunities. And we here at Quigley are in full support of that!