Choosing a Grow Room

One of the first things you must decide when setting up a grow is figuring out where it’s going to go. There are many things to consider in this equation. In a lot of places, growing may still be a thing which needs to be concealed for various reasons. For this reason, it’s a good idea to put it in a place which is isolated visually, thermally, and audally.

Depending on your living circumstances, each of us will have a different solution for these problems. For example, if you own your own home, there are many many options available. If you are a teenager looking to grow in your parent’s house, you might have to do a closet grow, or a crawlspace grow. On the other hand, as a homeowner, you could potentially turn a whole room into a grow.

I want to start this off with a little story of when I first started growing in a tent. I was living in a basement apartment, and decided on the spare room to house my grow. I quickly discovered how hard it was to hide the exhaust tubes, as the only place to realistically exhaust was right out the window. On top of this, it got really hot in summer time, and the place was hard to cool. In addition, the noise from the exhaust system could be heard in sleep.

Growing in the Cold Room

Overall, I quickly decided that the spare room was a bad place to put the grow tent. I moved it  to the cold room – which should be a serious consideration to anybody who has one. The cold room is a fantastic place to grow, because there are usually multiple ventilation holes already installed.

I attached a 4” duct booster to one of the holes, and then I exhausted out of the other one. Both devices ran 24/7, so the air was constantly being circulated. In the winter, I did have to heat it a bit, because it did get cool – but never below freezing! However, in the summer, it was a joy to have the tent in there. Very nice climate, discreet growing location.

There are definite downsides of growing in the cold room however. First of all, it’s usually damp, and so mold is a serious potential threat. Because of this, you need to invest in a system pumping air in, and one exhausting air all the time. The cold room needs to breathe, especially if you’ve got damp plants in there respirating.

Growing in the Attic

Another big place to grow is in the attic, it serves as a great incognito location. If you really want to do it right, there are a few precautions you want to take though. Heat rises, right, and if you’re in the attic, in summer, with a few HID bulbs, that location is going to get really, really hot.

This is problematic for a few reasons. First of all, if you do happen to be growing in an illegal setup, you will be detected easily with heat mapping technology. To counteract this, buy some really good insulation, and build a little structure in the attic, highly thermally insulated.

While you’re at that, get yourself an AC unit, and make sure it’s exhausting outside through an incognito port. If you really want to keep the thing private, make it hard to access. Perhaps lock up the trap door, or put the ladder in a different room, under the bed, whatever.

I’ve had a few friends grow in the attic, but it’s a brutal place. Very hard to keep temps steady, as it’s high in the air, usually above the core insulation of the house. So, if you’re going to grow in the attic, you need to really take the time to build a little structure, insulate it, and be able to keep a steady atmosphere in there.

While it’s not easy, if done right, it’s a really nice, out of the way place to have a grow. Nobody ever goes up to the attic really, and so it’s not a place which people are just going to stumble into.

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