Blog – Temporary Climate Solutions, Food and Pharma

Climate Control for Storage of Harvested Produce

After a commercial grow facility harvests its produce, managing humidity and temperature can be a critical last step. The storage of cultivated produce can be the most important step to help ensure products make it to market. Preventing damage from rotting or deterioration can be the difference between selling or throwing away fruits and vegetables, and climate control is the key.

Maintaining an Ideal Climate

When it comes to food storage, managing the cooling, humidity, heat, and airflow are critical to ensuring the long-term storage of fruits, vegetables, or other products.  For many fruits and vegetables, cool, dry conditions are required for proper storage.  Maintaining a controlled storage area helps prevent mold, product degradation, and preserve freshness. For fruits and vegetables, such as apples, berries, mushrooms, and avocados, maintaining a cool-to-cold environment with a moist environment is key to maintaining an optimal product.  In the instance of garlic and onions, a cool, dry environment is needed to preserve harvested produce. Regardless of the product was grown in a greenhouse or an outdoor farm, the products must be properly maintained in an ideal climate while awaiting market. 

Food Storage for Greenhouses, Interior Grow and Cultivation Facilities

Commercial-scale farming and food storage require commercial-scale climate control. Facilities that manage food and cultivated products understand the need to manage humidity and temperature.  Without proper HVAC systems and commercial climate control equipment, many products would suffer and deteriorate before they could be sold. Storage areas typically have large, commercial-grade systems in place, as they completely understand the need to maintain specific temperature and humidity for ideal storage. That said, even some of the best climate control systems can struggle at times, break down, or facilities may simply require additional cooling or humidity control in the wake of a heat spike, for example.   

Rental Equipment for Maintaining Temporary Climate Control

Whether the issue is seasonal or perhaps equipment inadequacies, rental equipment can help maintain the proper climate conditions that are needed to protect produce.  On the commercial side of food storage, with constant movement and doors opening and closing, ambient conditions are often inadvertently intermixed with a controlled environment.  With outside air and humidity entering a cold, dry air area, this could introduce moisture that quickly turns to condensation or ice.  If a sudden heat spike occurs outdoors, that outdoor weather places a heavy load on cooling equipment, which may need to be addressed quickly. Fortunately, rental equipment, such as chillers, dehumidifiers, or commercial air-conditioning are available for rent.

If your commercial food storage facility needs additional cooling, moisture control, or you are in the need of emergency climate control equipment rentals, contact your local Polygon representative.  This is the 3rdand final blog post in a series about the ideal climate conditions during the various stages of the horticultural process.

Related articles