Opticlimate Pro 3 - Water-cooled Grow Room Air Conditioning Unit
The Opticlimate Pro 3 gives you the ability to grow in perfect conditions all year round. It's a complete climate control air-conditioning solution that treats the air in your grow room or tent to ensure that temperature and humidity levels are always kept within ideal ranges even during the hottest months of summer, thanks to its built-in heating, cooling, dehumidifying and filtering system. Available in four sizes, which all cater for every different size of grow room.
Opticlimates remove the need for a large extraction system. Operating much more quietly, water-cooled Opticlimates have no outdoor unit, allowing you to have a completely enclosed space. Because it works with water and not coolant gasses, there's no expert needed for installation, it's something you can do at home with guidance from our in-house experts. It's cooling being provided by water also means that electric consumption is low, giving you more wattage to use for your lighting.
How the Opticlimate Pro Works
The Opticlimate provides air conditioning for grow rooms, maintaining temperature and humidity levels within optimal ranges during both day and night cycles, regardless of outside temperatures. Inside the unit are 1500w ceramic heaters and a water cooling system.
Air is drawn through the Opticlimate's carbon filter panel (at the back of the unit and easily replaceable) via a squirrel cage fan. The air is then treated to match user-defined specifications and expelled through the outlet point (at the front of the unit), where it can then be ducted towards the top of the plant canopy. This process maintains a climate that's tailored to your exact needs. You'll then have complete peace-of-mind that your grow room is always operating optimally, with happier, healthier plants and huge potential increases in yields.
The air conditioning system relies on a supply of cold water from a water inlet point. This means that the Opticlimate has to be plumbed in before use. Installation is relatively straight forward, but the job should be performed by somebody with the appropriate skills, we'll talk you through exactly what needs to be done.
The Opticlimate will also need to be plumbed into a drain, so that hot water can flow from the system after it has been used in the cooling process (the temperature is usually 35-50°C). Users report that this flow of hot water can be utilized very effectively in other areas for purposes like under-floor heating.
There is another outlet on the Opticlimate for water produced by the through dehumidification process, but in this case, we recommend using it to fill your reservoir tank. A float-valve activated lifting pump is available separately which will redistribute this water to other areas if required.
The Opticlimate comes with a tethered controller unit which is used to program ideal daytime and night-time temperature and humidity levels. 'Preheat' and 'slow cool-down' functions can be set up to gradually ease plants into day and night cycles. This is particularly useful when moving from night (18°C) to day (25°C). As lights switch on, it takes a little while for the temperature of plant matter to reach an equilibrium with the room. During this period, the cool outer edges of fruits and leaves make contact with warm air. When warm air hits cold surfaces, condensation forms, and this causes big problems! Moisture sets into delicate areas, triggering botrytis (rot), which can devastate entire crops. The Opticlimate massively reduces the risk of this ever happening.
Three sensors take readings from the grow area – a temperature probe, a humidistat and a light sensor (which is built into the humidistat). The information is gathered by the Opticlimate's on-board computer and used to make changes, so that the air that's expelled from the system always matches the specifications programmed into the controller. The controller itself has a clear display and is very easy to use - comprehensive instructions are included in the manual. You can input ideal temperature and humidity levels for both day and night cycles and the light sensor will make sure that the Opticlimate switches to the correct settings automatically, though you can program the timings manually if required. Either way, the Opti has it covered!
There is a rectangular carbon filter on the air intake at the back of the unit, but this shouldn't be used as your only form of odour control. The Opticlimate is a complete climate control solution, but it was not designed to be the primary method of dealing with unwanted smells, even though its filter will reduce the problem considerably. Instead, we recommend using a small (standard cylinder shaped) carbon filter and duct fan to move air out of the room or tent. This will maintain negative pressure and ensure that odours stay within the grow area. Because the extraction system required for a relatively large set-up (of up to 6 x 600w HID lights) is much smaller when using the Opticlimate, this helps to reduce the sound generated by fans. The unit itself runs at very low noise levels, ensuring that the grow area is as quiet as possible. We do, however, recommend using four separately available insulating feet to reduce the transfer of vibration to the surrounding structure.
When using an Opticlimate and running a low level of extraction or working in a closed loop system, we also recommend supplementing with CO2 to ensure that levels sit within optimal ranges (around 1200ppm). Any CO2 injected into the room will be much more effective, because it has far less chance of being drawn away before plants get to make use of it. You'll be able to maintain perfect PPM levels without having to use as much CO2, saving you money on replacement cylinders. Another advantage of having less air entering the grow area from outside is that unwanted bugs, spores and bacteria will be far less likely to ever get near your plants. It should be noted that different methods of injecting CO2 require different levels of extraction. 'Cold CO2 injection' uses gas cylinders to deliver CO2 to the grow area, whereas 'hot CO2 injection' is done by using systems that burn gasses, such as LPG. Both have advantages and disadvantages, but if you do decide to use 'hot CO2 injection', you will need to use a slightly greater level of extraction to remove some of the gaseous by-products that can potentially be toxic to plants.
The Opticlimate is equipped with a feature that automatically shuts off the water supply if a leakage is detected. A magnetic valve is installed in the water inlet pipe and a leakage sensor is placed under the unit. If water is detected, the magnetic valve immediately shuts off the water supply. The unit can even be set up to send an SMS text message in the unlikely event there is an issue.
It may be that you wish to use the Opticlimate outside of the grow area or tent itself. You can do this easily by fitting some additional parts. A plenum box and flange will enable you to connect 10 inch ducting to the air intake. That way you'll be able to draw air from wherever you position the other end of the ducting (preferably at the top of the room), allowing you to keep the Opticlimate itself wherever you like. Just be aware that long ducting runs can reduce efficiency levels. Keep them as short as possible or look towards increasing the air flow to the Opticlimate's intake by using a separate duct fan.
The treated air that's pushed out through the front of the unit will need to be distributed evenly around the grow area. We recommend using a length (or lengths) of ducting above the canopy. Seal the end of the ducting up and make even rows of holes in the lower area so that the air is forced through any perforations and downwards towards your plants. Please note that the blue flange used to connect ducting to the Opticlimate's air outlet point (as seen on the main image) is not supplied and will need to be purchased separately.
Please note: The Pro 3 is designed to handle up to a recommended amount of lights, but users should take into consideration any additional heat sources before selecting a particular Opticlimate model. If ballasts and other heat-producing items are kept inside the room, they will naturally lower the number of lights that the Opticlimate is able to cool effectively. To get the most from your Opticlimate, mount ballasts and other heat sources in a separate area.
When you choose your Opticlimate, you should consider the size of the room as well as lighting output. The Opticlimate is designed for room areas equivalent to 1.2m x 1.2m x 2.0m for every 600 watts of HID lighting. If the grow space is larger than this, the Opticlimate may have to work harder to maintain perfect temperature and humidity levels.
It is always better to run a larger system than is required and have some spare cooling/ heating power than it is to run an Opticlimate right on the edge of its capacity.
It's advisable to run a separate dehumidifier to take care of excess moisture when the cooling is not in use. We recommend taking a look at the Quest range, which features units that are perfect for the job.
Though installation for this unit is relatively straightforward, we recommend having a quick chat with one of our resident Opticlimate experts before ordering - they've guided dozens of happy customers through the process and they're on-hand to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
If you just can't wait and want to order straight away, that's fine, but please note that for technical items like these, we generally follow the order up with a quick complementary call to fill you in on a few details and ensure that you are confident about the installation.
Because the Opticlimate requires quite a lot of preparation to ship, it is not subject to the 2.00pm deadline for same day dispatch. However, we guarantee that we will endeavour to get it sent out as quickly as possible. On most occasions this is the next working day.