I recently had one of the most beneficial, pleasant, and reassuring experiences a marijuana grower could ever have. If you grow marijuana, you’re going to love reading about my experience, because it’s one you too can have, and it’ll benefit your grow op tremendously. So here’s how it went…
I’ve been growing marijuana indoors for many years and because of that, I live like a recluse, a monk, a loner. A couple of big, locked rooms with bright light pouring out from under the doors and a smell of skunks, diesel, pine, and other cannabis odors are things you can’t easily explain to visitors. Because I grow marijuana, and whether it’s legal or illegal doesn’t really matter, I haven’t ever felt courageous enough to invite friends, family, lovers, repair people, neighbors or anyone else into my home when I’m growing, which is 80% of the time!
Yeah, I have three huge carbon scrubber filters. I have exhaust fans. I have odorizers. But none of that matters enough because when I open the doors and windows of my house, you can smell my grow rooms a hundred feet away.
In fact, my clothes and everything else in my house smells like marijuana. I’ve been out in the community and some random person nearby will ask me, “Did you just get high?” That’s how much I smelled like marijuana. When you live in a grow house, that’s what you get.
But it isn’t just security issues that concerned me. Growing marijuana indoors puts a lot more humidity into your indoor space than normal. I have professional dehumidification and air conditioning, but I live in a humid region. Gray mold spores and powdery mildew spores are everywhere around here. You could seal up a grow op like a NASA spaceship and still not block all those spores.
And you probably already know that gray mold and powdery mildew can wreck your plants in a few days if not faster, and that once they enter your grow op and settle on your plants, there aren’t any painless ways to get rid of them. Anything you do to stop gray mold or powdery mildew, such as lighting a sulfur burner, is going to cost money and have a negative effect on the quality and market value of your buds. When buds smell and taste like sulfur, nobody wants them!
Even when you make it all the way to harvest without being victimized by gray mold (botrytis cinerea) or powdery mildew, they can invade your buds during drying, curing and storage.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d discover an electronic device that can eliminate all these chronic grow op problems at the same time. I first learned about this device when I shut down my winter grow op and was doing my yearly maintenance and clean-up. I brought in a licensed HVAC professional to do an annual systems check and make necessary adjustments to my 5-ton system.
The tech doesn’t know I grow weed–or at least I hope he doesn’t know. I’ve made sure to bomb my house with incense and other masking scent whenever he’s around. But I have told him there’s mold and mildew in my house. He says it’s in almost everyone’s houses, especially in the ductwork. Replacing ductwork is expensive and difficult, and pretty soon, the new ductwork has mold and fungi spores in it again anyway. Carpets are full of spores too, he said, along with pets, couches, clothing and other absorbent items.
And then he said something that changed my grow op forever: “No worries. I can install a device called the Reme Halo and it’ll knock down almost all the spores and any other pathogen too.”
I immediately contacted the Reme Halo manufacturer and did other research about the Halo unit. I found out it’s installed in-line in your HVAC air handler and is wired into the air handler electrical supply. It consists of a proprietary combination of sterilizing tools including a UV-C (ultraviolet C) lighting fixture, and an ionized hydroperoxide output generator.
Ultraviolet-C is a potent microbial killer, and hydrogen peroxide is too. Marijuana growers have long used hydrogen peroxide in grow room reservoirs, and on other grow op equipment, to sterilize materials. You can use diluted food grade hydrogen peroxide as a potent mouthwash or wound disinfectant. The Halo sends vaporized hydroperoxides into the HVAC air flow, which neutralizes airborne contaminants at the source rather than just filtering them as standard HEPA and carbon filtration does. The UV-C light destroys biological contaminants as they flow through the HVAC air handler. For anyone worrying about whether the Reme Halo is like an ozone generator, which is harmful to plants, it’s the opposite. It actually reduces the amount of ozone.
This is all what the company told me, but a serious marijuana journalist knows better than to accept marketing claims without proof. So the manufacturer sent me a ream of third-party studies showing that the Halo is used on cruise ships, and in homes, hospitals, doctor’s offices, locker rooms, veterinary clinics, offices, restaurants, hotels and many other places, where it has been proven to kill viruses, molds, fungi, and other harmful biological contaminants, including anthrax.
The unit works unseen inside the HVAC air handler, and only draws 12 watts of power. Reme says it offers a five year limited warranty and will provide a replacement unit if a Halo fails within two years of installation. The Halo can’t be legitimately purchased by an end user such as myself. It can only be purchased by licensed HVAC techs trained by Reme. You’ll see some online sellers including Amazon selling Halos, but they’re counterfeit or refurbished units, they don’t work well if at all, and Reme offers no warranty on them. One component of the Halo has a shelf life, so it has to be replaced every two years at a cost of about $100 max, including labor, the HVAC tech said.
My HVAC tech told me the unit costs him $630 wholesale. He charged me $900 for the unit and installation, which took half an hour. He showed me the unit can be adjusted to accommodate airflow ranging from 1000-6500 cubic feet per minute. This volume is sufficient to service an entire home, including a grow house with almost every square foot devoted to cannabis plants. As an added benefit, the tech said, the Halo cleans the air inside the air handler, which means that the common problem of HVAC coils being drowned in particulate is eliminated.
I was excited to see the tech install it and within 15 minutes of turning my HVAC system back on after he left, my house smelled fresh and clean for the first time in years, like that sweet smell in the air after a thunderstorm has just passed through.
And when I began my next grow op, the benefits of the Halo were immediately apparent. Even at the height of bloom phase when formerly the stink of marijuana would have been creating a scary security risk, the air in the house had that fresh, thunderstorm air smell. Even more exciting is the fact that I’ve never had gray mold or powdery mildew again, even though my grow op climate conditions and the type of thick, fat buds I grow have remained the same.
Of course I still do most everything I always did to prevent powdery mildew and gray mold, such as controlling humidity, filtering my intake air, never buying clones, and periodically stripping my grow op and cleaning it with bleach. Sometimes I run my carbon air scrubbers. But I was doing all that stuff already, and still had problems with dank marijuana odor, gray mold, and powdery mildew. The Reme Halo is the best intervention I’ll likely ever find. When I had it installed, my grow op became noticeably, provably cleaner and more profitable.
I’m not guaranteeing the Halo will be as revolutionarily useful in your grow op as it has been in mine. I also realize that $900 is a lot of money, but getting the Halo is the best gear investment I’ve ever made, and I save money because I no longer have to run in-line fans connected to expensive carbon filters all the time. Now, when someone knocks on my door, I don’t have to worry that they’ll be overwhelmed by weed smell when I open it. I feel I’ve conquered gray mold and powdery mildew. Those benefits are worth way more than $900 to me.
I suggest you anonymously call the Reme Halo manufacturer and ask for a list of HVAC techs who sell and install the Halo in your area. Imagine—reducing grow op odor, and destroying mold and mildew spores too. I’m no angel, but it’s a great feeling to have a Halo!