With the legalization of marijuana in Canada and various states in America on the horizon, governments have set a variety of strict requirements to ensure the regulation of the industry. Physical requirements, cameras, security, employee background checks, and reporting requirements have all been put in place with no room for error.
These regulations and safety measures also apply to cannabis production. Growing facilities must meet a variety of standards to legally operate, including air filtration.
Grow room odour control and air purification is a key factor in cannabis production. All grow rooms face issues with controlling odour and air purity and finding solutions to this is essential for running cannabis production or a licensed producer retail operation.
HEPA filters and HEGA filters are both air filtration methods for cannabis producers and licensed producers that will keep your grow room functioning safely and efficiently. These two types of air filters provide the air purification necessary for grow rooms everywhere to meet federal and local requirements and keep their employees and crops safe.
The Importance of Air Filtration for Grow Rooms
Air filtration for cannabis production is important for two reasons: you need to control the air quality leaving your grow room and you need to control the air quality within your grow room.
Health Canada, the governing body responsible for standardizing regulations for licensed producers in Canada, has specific requirements regarding air filtration throughout the production and retail process. They recommend HEPA filters to scrub the exhaust air of particulate matter.
Cannabis producers need to ensure that all air leaving their growing facility is filtered to remove odours and spores from the marijuana plants. Having a dense amount of plants and pollens in one space creates a strong odour that needs to be filtered out to avoid complaints from neighbouring businesses or homes.
A complaint many new cannabis producers have had to navigate is from neighbouring homes or businesses who do not want to deal with the smell of the grow rooms. Pushback from communities has prevented producers from being able to operate grow rooms. Correct air filtration to remove these odors will help reduce this pushback and allow cannabis producers to operate smoothly.
Within the grow room, bacteria, mildew, and mold can proliferate easily and can ruin entire crops if not kept in check. Filtration to remove these must be used for recirculated air within the grow room to ensure the health of the plants and higher air quality.
HEPA and HEGA Filters
HEPA filters are used by most cannabis producers to help purify the air in their grow rooms. These thin filters remove marijuana pathogens from the air down to .3 microns in size. They trap mold spores, bacteria, dust, dirt, and insects – all of which can wreak havoc on a crop.
HEPA filters can also use anti-microbial coating to ensure these harmful particles are completely removed from the air and the filter itself.
HEGA (High-Efficiency Gaseous Air) filters are also used to cannabis production to remove odors, pollutants, and chemicals from the air. They are considered more efficient than GAC (granulated activated carbon) filters for removing odors.
Using HEPA and HEGA filtration together in your grow room will ensure that you’re removing harmful particles, odors, VOCs, and other chemicals from the air and creating a safe environment for your employees, neighbours, and crops.
APC Filtration is qualified and experienced in making recommendations for the placement and use of HEPA and HEGA filtration together. We can consult with you on finding the most efficient and effective ways to use these filtration methods in your cannabis production.
Personal Smoking Devices
Manufacturers of personal smoking devices, while not operating as licensed producers or cannabis producers, also have regulations to meet regarding filtration.
Personal smoking devices remove odors, pollutants, and second-hand smoke from the air to ensure that smoking does not impact those around the operator. Exhaling through a personal smoking device reduces the particles that enter there air from the smoke particles.
These devices are ideal for smoking in shared spaces (at home, for example) where the operator does not want to negatively impact the air quality and inconvenience others in the shared area. These filters must be efficient in removing odor and dangerous particles from the air.
APC Filtration produces air filters for personal smoking devices for use by OEMs in their production. Contact us for more information!
Air Filtration for Cannabis Production
At APC Filtration, we’re proud and excited to be on the forefront of air filtration for grow rooms and cannabis producers. This emerging industry will only grow larger and as it does, filtration needs will continue to increase.
APC Filtration manufactures HEPA filters and HEGA filters to meet the requirements of legal cannabis production in Canada and states in America. If you need high quality and high efficiency air filters for your cannabis production and growing facility, contact APC Filtration.
We can work with you to find or create the best filter for your needs. If you’re a cannabis producer or a Licensed Producer, contact APC Filtration for long-lasting and high quality filtration.