IFAir - Indoor Farm Air
Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is a sophisticated process that requires a sophisticated HVAC system.
Our team of registered Professional Engineers drawing from a combined HVAC pedigree of 40+ years focus on: energy efficiency, system reliability and scalability. With our patent pending racking system, we have greater ability to provide significant efficiencies through our proprietary connectors and components to your HVAC hardware controlling temps at the leaf and canopy levels, as opposed to the ambient air in the walking aisles.
Whether your farm is located inside of a warehouse or inside of a greenhouse, controlling temperature and humidity will be one of your largest operating expenses that deserves a strategy that achieves three primary goals:
- Cool sensible heat loads (dry heat) and dehumidify latent heat loads (humidity) with minimal use of a compressor.
- Closely-couple air distribution with the crops, so that the air can properly cool and dehumidify. This will reduce, or eliminate, the need for stand-alone dehumidifiers and oscillating fans.
- Specify equipment that has the ability to supply air at a temperature much closer to the desired temperature at the leaf level
An often overlooked aspect of HVAC system design in the CEA industry is system reliability. Designing for HVAC system reliability is only one component of a sound risk management plan. A failure with your HVAC system can lead to damaged, or even worse, dead crops, which will subsequently lead to a hit on the company’s bottom line.
Designing for system reliability on the front-end of a project is an inexpensive way to avoid a system failure, and potentially, a catastrophe.
Proper cash flow management is critical to growing your business, we understand this. Most facilities are built, or purchased, with room to expand. Therefore, designing for more capacity than is needed on day one is not only inefficient, but is also irresponsible. On the other hand, designing for day one without consideration for your expansion plans, is also inefficient and irresponsible.
We specify equipment and incorporate expansion plans that is of sufficient capacity for day one, is readily available and is manufactured at high enough volumes that the price point is in budget.
There are many reasons why a HVAC system retrofit may be right for your CEA facility: improve energy efficiency, end-of-life equipment replacement, expansion of operations. Our process to evaluate efficiency opportunities is proven and walks through several phases beginning with an age-old technique that is crucial for success… they listen.
Discovery Phase > Analysis > Price Confirmation and Pre-Construction > Turnover and Commissioning Phase