With the increasing popularity of greenhouse gardening, more home and commercial gardeners are buying greenhouse kits and accessories in the US. However, very few of them actually know about greenhouse-buying best practices.
Greenhouse purchases are mostly a one-time investment. Therefore, you need to conduct thorough research before choosing a kit. There are several factors such as size, design, model, integration, and functionality that should affect your decision. Among these factors, energy efficiency cannot be overlooked.
Not choosing an energy-efficient greenhouse can lead to a spike in energy costs and un-optimized plant growth. The experts at the Mulberry Greenhouses have curated this guide to help you understand the features that make a greenhouse highly energy-friendly.
The first thing that determines a greenhouse’s efficiency is its material. For example, polycarbonate greenhouses are more efficient than glass greenhouses. But this doesn’t mean that the latter is a bad option.
You’d be surprised to know that some of the most luxurious and high-performance greenhouses are made of glass. All you need to do is install some cutting-edge accessories like greenhouse coverings, control systems, and auto-temp insulators for improved energy regulation.
The next thing greenhouse buyers must check is the lighting options. Greenhouses that support LED-based, high-pressure sodium lamps, and metal halide lamps are the best. For improved efficiency, you can install grow lights to fast-track plant growth and the photosynthesis process.
Heating and Ventilation Systems
Some of the branded greenhouses are available with built-in ventilation and heating systems. However, buyers can also opt for the products without a built-in system and install one according to their requirements. Either way, ventilation and heating systems are essential for increasing greenhouse efficiency.
Other than looking for and installing energy-efficient features and greenhouse accessories, you should implement the following techniques to maximize greenhouse output:
- Upgrade greenhouse fans and keep them clean
- Greenhouse motors should be maintained and inspected regularly
- Seal your greenhouse and insulate the parameters using shade cloths
- Consider adding a solar power system to generate energy via sunlight instead of using electricity