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Indoor plant growing is quite popular because it allows for maintaining optimal growing conditions year-round, regardless of outdoor conditions. One
downside is that it can be an energy intensive endeavor because it requires maintaining tight temperature and humidity control while there are large swings
in cooling and dehumidification loads corresponding to changes in plant transpiration rates and lighting schedules. A tool has been developed to estimate
the annual energy usage of multiple HVAC systems to determine which is the most energy efficient system. The following systems are analyzed: 1.A
packaged direct expansion (DX) system with hot gas reheat, 2. A dual compressor heat pump dehumidification system, and 3. A packaged DX unit
with separate desiccant dehumidification. The developed energy analysis tool uses psychrometric calculations to estimate energy usage every hour for an
entire year. It calculates cooling, reheat, and dehumidification loads based on lighting power, plant transpiration rates, and building envelope loads
calculated by a separate load calculation software.

Most commercially available energy modeling software do not have built in capacity to model many of the systems used in grow rooms, hence the need for
the development of this tool. A model has been created using a commonly available commercial program that can model hot gas reheat to estimate the
energy usage of the packaged DX system as means of comparison to commercial tools. The results from the created tool are compared to the results from
the commercial model. Then the tool is used to estimate the performance of the systems. The analysis is completed for two locations, Bend, OR and San
Jose, CA. The results for the locations are compared.