One of the first steps to boosting efficiency if you want to make the most of your present greenhouse area is to assess how much time and money is spent on daily repetitive operations in the greenhouse.
For instance, simple, repetitive processes like planting plugs, spacing plants, and sleeving may all be mechanized. Automatic machines may need a substantial capital outlay, but the labor savings may more than make up for the expense of the machinery.
By making an investment in a new environmental control system, you may also raise the caliber of your plants and the effectiveness of your greenhouse. An environmental control system will make sure that your systems operate together to give dependable, high-quality outcomes rather of spending time and money manually adjusting environmental parameters like heating, humidity, lighting, and ventilation.
When should improvements be made to increase your greenhouse's effectiveness?
When it takes more effort to recreate ideal growth conditions throughout the year, people are more likely to consider upgrading to a more efficient greenhouse.
It's a good idea to reflect on the last two months as the spring season draws to a close and contemplate any changes you could make for the upcoming season. There is no better time to make these adjustments for the following season than now.
We'll look at a few things in this post that you should think about in order to conserve energy in the greenhouse. If you put most of them into practice, they'll be inexpensive and pay off handsomely in the first season.
Think about the volume of use. Will your greenhouse be used for year-round gardening or only to simulate a tropical setting? The amount of use the building receives at different times of the year will influence the modifications you wish to make.
Adjusting the exhaust fan belt tension
When was the last time you examined the exhaust fan belts for tightness? Fan belts are a simple but important element. And frequently, they are not even properly tensioned.
The possibility of the fan spinning at the proper speed is low when the fan belts are this slack. Belt slippage is to blame for this.
This consumes power and lessens the amount of cooling the fan can produce.
Vue the louvers. The right way to open and close
There are two drawbacks to the pressurized open louvers. The greenhouse overheats if the grower forgets to open the louvers throughout the day since the fan is operating but not removing the heated air.
When the furnace is operating at night and the grower forgets to close the louvers, particularly in the early spring, hot air will leak out all night. It will assist if the louvers are properly oiled. However, it is ideal for growers to spend money installing motors that open and shut the louvers.
Your greenhouse will operate more effectively if there are no gaps
It might be crucial for the louvers to have even a tiny gap. Louvers that are bent may be straightened, which will save a lot of heat. The end walls are another area where a lot of heat is wasted. Small holes can be readily sealed with a few cans of spray insulation.
Reconsider where the glazing material is placed
This is necessary for a greenhouse to be more effective. Polycarbonate is commonly used in greenhouses up to the floor. If you want to optimize light exposure while growing on the ground, this makes a lot of sense. The glazing material below bench level, however, is definitely losing more energy than it is letting in light if you are growing on benches.
Insulating the greenhouse's knee wall, which is below the bench level, is an easy fix. You may accomplish this with cheap bubble wrap that has been coated with foam insulation or aluminum foil.
Keeping the temperature constant
Consider covering your greenhouse with two layers of polyethylene. By doing this, you can keep the inside at a steady temperature and save up to 60% on heating.