As the Missouri cannabis industry transitions from an eventful summer into a busy fall, businesses are looking to the future by monitoring the trends in more mature cannabis markets. One common pattern observed in states such as Colorado, is declining wholesale prices coupled with increasing competition, which together put pressure on businesses to reduce operating costs in order to remain viable.
In a challenging economy, operating cost management commands an even higher priority and can make the difference in your business’s survival. Understanding your costs, knowing where to make the right changes and focusing on long-term savings can be difficult and vary depending on if you’re a growth facility, warehouse or dispensary. But when it comes to the industry’s greatest cost-saving opportunity, the target is clear; reducing energy expenses can be the difference in keeping your doors open.
Your product’s quality depends on your cultivation HVAC and dehumidification systems being well-designed and operated. Fungus, mold, pest and disease issues can arise as a result of improper indoor environmental conditions, but there are several strategies for energy use reduction which also offer a greater degree of control over indoor air conditions for cultivators.
For example, opting for centralized dehumidification systems over standalone plug-in dehumidifiers can better protect against harmful spikes in humidity and reduce operating costs. Further, these systems can be downsized if designed to include energy recovery from exhaust air; similar energy-recovery strategies can be applied to optimize chiller operation. These are just a few of many strategies to achieve lower operating costs for HVAC systems, while maintaining product quality and employee and customer comfort.
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