With highly informative resources plastered across the Internet, you have definitely heard of greenhouse construction and innovation. It is a prudent idea to upscale your agricultural ventures and get more value for your hard-earned money. In the greenhouse farming environment, temperatures can either make or break a deal. While maintaining ideal temperatures may be quite challenging, there are a couple of ways to effortlessly keep temperatures under control. Here’s what you need to know:
- Electric Space Heaters
Electric space heaters are ideal for temperature regulation in greenhouses. There are also as many electric heaters as the number of greenhouses in existence. For temperature-control automation, an in-built thermostat in the electric heater is necessary. Keep in mind that larger greenhouses require larger heaters or more.
- Thermostat Controlled Power Outlets
If you lack a thermostat, it is no big deal. Plug your electric heater into a thermostatically-regulated electrical outlet. They can also be plugged into an ordinary outlet after which you will set the desired temperature and leave the power switch on.
- Propane Space Heaters
Disturbed by the unavailability of power-supply? Well, not anymore. All you need is a propane space- heater to power the electric heater. However, ensure there is always enough propane to keep going.
- Heated Pots
To keep plants warm, heated pots will do just fine. While this will not work for your entire greenhouse, it is appropriate if you do not want to keep only some of the plants warmer than others.
- Soil Heating Cables
Soil heating cables automatically maintain ideal soil temperatures. Some are adjustable, allowing up to, e.g. 70F static, and others leave room for a wide-range of temperatures.
- Auto-Opening Vents
Auto-opening vents are another stellar. The vents do not need an external power source to automatically open and close. Once the temperature reaches the adjustable or present temperature, the vent begins opening. Once the temperature rises another 20 degrees or so, it opens fully.
- Thermostatically Controlled Fans
If open vents don’t effectively control temperature, you may require some fans to keep air going the right direction. You can do it by either circulating air inside it or direct fans to push and pull air through the vents.
- Powered Shutters
Power shutters are vertically mounted, to be opened by an electric motor at a specified temperature. Installing in the right direction allows the in-flow of a natural breeze to cool things down. It is all about precision.
Fan shutters are a combination of shutters and a fan. When the fan pushes air through the fan shutters, it forces the fan shutters open. Once the fan stops working, gravity shuts it down.
- Greenhouse Evaporative Air Coolers
Evaporative air coolers use water and air to maximize cooling power without an air conditioner. To effectively operate, a powerful blower forces air over the pads before water is pumped over them. Afterward, the water forcefully cools the air to lower the air temperature before it is blown out. The downside is; they are more expensive, so only go for them if you really need maximum cooling power.