Are Ozone Generators Safe in Cannabis Facilities?
There is much debate surrounding ozone generators and their use in cannabis grow rooms. Some people swear by them, while others believe they are unsafe. So, what is the truth? How do ozone generators work, and are they safe in cannabis facilities? This blog post will explore the science behind ozone generators and determine if they are genuinely safe for cannabis cultivation.
How Do Ozone Generators Work
Ozone generators work by creating ozone, a gas made up of three oxygen atoms. When ozone comes into contact with organic matter, it breaks down the molecular bonds that hold the molecules together. This process is called oxidation, and it is what gives ozone its powerful cleaning and disinfecting properties.
How To Use Ozone Generators In Grow Rooms
Ozone generators used in cannabis grow rooms are for shock treatment only. Ozone is effective when used independently at high levels >200ppb (0.200ppm).
When used correctly, ozone generators are a safe and effective way to clean and disinfect a grow room before plants are introduced.
So, what is the verdict? Are ozone generators safe to use in cannabis facilities? The answer is yes! When used correctly, ozone generators are an effective way to clean and disinfect your grow room for shock treatment applications only. However, they are not safe to use when plants and people are present in the room.
Why You Should not Use An Ozone Generator In Grow Rooms
One of the main concerns about ozone generators is that they can produce high levels of ozone that are unsafe for humans and plants. If you put an ozone generator in a room with plants inside, you will see the leaves turn yellow and cause burning. If ozone is not vented correctly, it can quickly become harmful. Therefore, it is essential to only use ozone generators in unoccupied rooms or areas with proper ventilation.
Using a Safer Alternative To Ozone Generators
Ozone generators can be dangerous if used in environments where plants are present. Therefore, it is better to find a more safe and more effective solution than this. We recommend AirROS by SAGE Industrial surface & air purification systems, which are better alternatives than ozone generator solutions. AirROS systems can purify the air and sanitize surfaces, plus provide odor control 24/7 while plants and people can be present in the environment.
How does an AirROS industrial air purification system work?
AirROS is an industrial air and surface purification system that can prevent pathogens, mold, viruses, yeast, and bacteria, reduce cross-contamination, and eliminate cannabis odor. AirROS purifiers utilize and create ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species). First, it kills pathogens and aroma / odor as it passes through the air purifier. In addition, it sanitizes the air that comes out of the purifier, enters the environment, and continues to sanitize all surfaces it contacts. Here is the 2 stage process:
Phase 1- Primary Air Cleaning
Placed within your room’s airflow, air from the environment containing microorganisms enters the purifier’s internal chamber. The reaction chamber creates non-thermal plasma and generates ROS. ROS are comprised of 5 short-lived, highly Reactive Oxygen Species:
- Atomic oxygen O(3P)
- Singlet oxygen 1O2
- Hydroxyl radical .OH
- Superoxide O2-
- Peroxynitrite ONOO-
These break down carbon-to-carbon bonds that sanitize the air and destroy all bacteria, molds, viruses, and other pathogens as they pass through the reaction chamber.
Phase 2- Secondary Surface & Air Cleaning
Provides Surface sanitation and continued Air sanitation. The purified air now diffused into the environment contains longer lived Reactive Oxygen Species:
- Gas-phased H2O2 (GpHP) or dry hydrogen peroxide
- Low concentration levels of O3 ozone
These combine and create Hydrogen Trioxide (H2O3) an Active Antimicrobial formed through the peroxone process. This H2O3 is very effective at sanitizing the surfaces and air 24/7.
ROS with H2O3 further sanitizes the room air and long-distance surfaces from the purifier. This industrial air purifier technology is the only one that can provide odor control, long-distance surface treatment, and purify the air all at once. Amazing right? To learn more, watch this video below!
AirROS industrial air purifiers are essential for ensuring a safe and clean cannabis cultivation facility and cannabis buds. If you want to prevent cross-contamination and outbreaks before harvest, please fill out our form or call us today for more information on our products. Thank you for choosing AirROS!