Selecting Your Greenhouse
Heating Your Greenhouse
HEATED GREENHOUSE ENVIRONMENTS
Greenhouse heating is an important issue to consider for your hobby or commercial greenhouse. The night temperature in a year-round greenhouse is the most important factor to determine which heating system is required. The greenhouse gardener also determines whether to winter over plants or to provide a constant growing environment.
Cool or frost free greenhouses maintain a night temperature of 40-45ºF (5-7ºC).This is suitable for frost sensitive plants and rooted cuttings
Warm greenhouse requires a night temperature of 55ºF (13ºC).Growlights are necessary for adequate light conditions in this environment.
Hothouse night temperatures are set at 65ºF (18ºC).This will provide a natural habitant for tropicals and exotic plants.
To calculate your greenhouse heating requirements: calculate the wall and roof space of your greenhouse by:
(multiply the width of the greenhouse times the length of the greenhouse) x (the difference between coldest outdoor winter temperature and the desired night temperature) x 1.1
This will provide you with the number of BTU's required to heat your greenhouse. For example, your greenhouse is 8 x 12. The coldest outdoor temperature is 0 degrees F. You want to keep the greenhouse at 65 degrees F at night.
(8 x 12) x (65 - 0) x 1.1 = 6,864 BTU's
- Warm greenhouses can be twice the cost of a cool greenhouse.
Insulating the greenhouse can reduce the heating cost by 30% or more. To the inside of the greenhouse frame a clear 4 mill plastic liner is fastened with a clip. Then, airspace is created between the plastic and the greenhouse covering.
16mm 5 wall polycarbonate is the most energy efficient glazing material available in today's greenhouse market. With an R value of 3.03, it is 50% more efficient than insulated double glass, 10mm triple wall polycarbonate and 8mm 4 wall polycarbonate. It is approximately 80% more efficient than 6mm or 8mm twin wall polycarbonate.
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