AC water is good for plants

Air conditioning water and systems - Irrigated with AC water OK

Handling our resources is part of being a good steward of our earth. The condensation water that accumulates when our air conditioning systems are operated is a valuable commodity that can be used appropriately. Watering with AC water is a great way to take advantage of this by-product of device function. This water is drawn from the air and is a great source of chemical-free irrigation. Read on to learn more about watering plants with air conditioning water.

Is AC Condensation Safe for Facilities?

Moisture builds up while using an air conditioner and is usually removed through a drip line or hose outside the home. At high temperatures, the condensate can amount to 23 to 91 l per day. This water is pure, drawn from the air, and does not contain any of the chemicals in municipal water. The combination of water and plants in the air conditioning system is a successful way to conserve this precious and expensive resource.

Unlike your tap water, the AC water does not contain chlorine or other chemicals. It occurs when the device cools warm air, which creates condensation. This condensation is directed outside the device and can be safely diverted into plants. Alternating current watering may only water a few pots or an entire bed, depending on how much your device is running and the temperatures.

Many large institutions such as B. University campuses are already harvesting their AC condensate and using it for water-based landscape management. Watering plants with air conditioning water not only conserves this resource and re-uses it thoughtfully, it also saves a ton of money.

Tips for watering with AC water

No filtering or settling is required when using AC condensation for plants. One of the easiest ways to harvest the water is to collect it in a bucket outside the home. If you feel like it, you can extend the drip line directly into nearby plants or pots. The average home produces 1 to 3 gallons (3.8 to 11.4 L) per hour. That's a lot of usable free water.

A simple afternoon project using PEX or copper piping can create a consistent, reliable source of water that is distributed wherever it is needed. In hot, humid regions where there is a lot of condensate, diverting the drain to a cistern or rain barrel is probably a good idea.

Disadvantages of irrigation with AC water

The biggest problem with watering plants with air conditioning water is the lack of minerals. The condensate is essentially distilled water and is considered to be corrosive. This is why the water flows through copper pipes, not steel. The corrosive effect only affects metals and does not affect organic material such as plants.

Air conditioning water is also extremely cold straight from the hose or pipe and can affect plants if applied directly. Pointing the plumbing at the ground rather than the leaves or stems of the plant can help alleviate this. The water also doesn't contain any minerals that can deplete the soil, especially in containerized situations. Mixing it with rainwater should help balance the amount of minerals and keep your plants happy.

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