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The importance of CO2 and the calibration process

By Universal C02 - June 24, 2019

Producing a fulfilling yield is everyone’s primary goal when it comes to planting/gardening, and most know that having a CO2 enrichment process allows for healthier crops, higher yields, and a rise in profit margins of 20%-40% if implemented correctly. 

The CO2 enrichment process helps plants grow faster, fuller, producing more product than a plant not getting the proper CO2 treatment. Now, yes carbon dioxide is already in the air, and part of the photosynthesis process for all plants, but with a CO2 enrichment system in place, it allows for a plentiful yield at a much quicker rate. 

With a CO2 system, it is crucial to maintaining, a steady PPM, (parts per million) to keep you and your staff safe, as well as keeping your plants growing healthy. When introducing the cultivation area to CO2 Gas, you want to start with 800-1,200 ppm. After an environmental data evaluation, you can increase CO2 from 1,200-2,000 ppm. It is not recommended to go above 2,000 ppm. 40,000 ppm can be lethal. 

During the calibration process, the CO2 enrichment and monitoring sensors will be removed and checked for issues within the device; problems could arise if there is outside interference with the sensor, or if the sensor is outdated. The CO2 sensor must be re-calibrated by the process of testing and setting the device with calibration gas, by a trained technician. If the sensor is damaged, it would be best to replace it, for the safety of your plants and project personnel.  

Universal Controls specializes in CO2 enrichment automation, CO2 laboratory monitoring as well as CO2 Beverage monitoring. We at Universal Controls, are advocates for safe workplaces throughout the U.S. We pride ourselves as a leader in CO2 safety compliance, with cultivation, laboratory and beverage applications. If you would like to know more about our solutions, give us a call, we will provide automation solutions that will help you and your business succeed.