Pros and Cons of Ozone Generators in Grow Rooms

Ozone generators have been a subject of interest and debate among cannabis cultivators for years. While they offer some advantages in air purification and pathogen control, they also come with a set of risks that can’t be ignored. In this blog, we’ll delve deeper into the pros and cons of using ozone generators in grow rooms and introduce you to a safer, more effective alternative: the AirROS system.

Pros of Ozone Machines

Air Purification

Ozone generators are known for purifying the air by breaking down pollutants and odors. This can be beneficial in a grow room where air quality is crucial for plant health.

Pathogen Control

Ozone’s highly reactive composition allows it to attach to airborne organic contaminants to oxidize and eliminate them, making it effective in killing a variety of pathogens, including molds and bacteria.

Cons of Ozone Generators

Safety Concerns

According to the EPA, ozone generators can emit unsafe levels of ozone, which can have detrimental health effects on humans when exposed for extended periods. High concentrations of ozone can also be harmful to plants.

Limited Efficacy

Ozone generators often require high concentrations to be effective, which increases the risks of harmful exposure. Moreover, the chemical reaction that ozone needs to be effective can take months or years to take place, making its usefulness questionable for short-term applications.

Impact on Plant Quality

High levels of ozone can negatively affect the terpenes, flavor profiles, and potencies of cannabis plants, diminishing the quality of the end product.

Regulatory Guidelines

The EPA’s national standards for ozone concentration is 0.070 ppm for 8 hours over an annual period. Recommendations from NIOSH suggest that 0.10 ppm should never be exceeded. These guidelines make it challenging to operate ozone generators safely in grow rooms.

Risk to Plants

One of the most significant drawbacks of using ozone generators in grow rooms is that you can’t place them inside a grow room when plants are present. The high levels of ozone can burn the plants, causing irreversible damage.

Introducing AirROS: A Safer Alternative

AirROS operates at a much safer level, emitting 30ppb or lower of ozone. If we only produced ozone at these levels, it wouldn’t be very effective. However, AirROS also produces gas-phased (dry) Hydrogen Peroxide at low levels of 60-90ppb.

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The Power of Trioxidane

The real magic happens when ozone and hydrogen peroxide combine to create trioxidane. This compound is highly effective for surface treatment, killing pathogens without harming the plants, terpenes, flavor profiles, or potencies.

Safety First

The levels at which AirROS operates are generally even lower than outside concentrations, depending on your location. This makes it a much safer alternative to traditional ozone generators.

24/7 Protection Meeting OSHA Standards

Unlike ozone generators, AirROS can be placed inside a grow room when plants are present 24/7. It operates at levels that meet OSHA standards, ensuring both human and plant safety while providing continuous protection against pathogens.

While ozone generators have their merits, the risks often outweigh the benefits, especially when cultivating cannabis. AirROS provides a safer, more effective solution for air and surface purification in grow rooms. With its unique combination of ozone and hydrogen peroxide, AirROS not only ensures a pathogen-free environment but also protects the quality of your cannabis plants.

Switch to AirROS today and experience the difference in safety and efficacy. Your plants—and your peace of mind—will thank you.

Ready to make the switch to a safer, more effective air and surface purification system? Click here to book a call with one of our specialists. They’ll provide personalized insights and help you understand how AirROS can be the perfect fit for your cultivation needs. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your grow room’s safety and efficiency. Act now!

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