Four steps to maintain greenhouse energy efficiency
Check your structure
Check the glass for cracks or spaces. Any crack will let cold air in and increase your energy cost. The longer you wait to fix it, the higher its cost. Check for any loose glass. Check that the vents are closed regularly to reduce heat loss.
Maximize heating efficiency
Growers need to make sure they make full use of their heating system. Many times, simple maintenance helps to maximize the efficiency of the heating system of commercial greenhouses. Pipe insulation is the first step. The main pipes of the boiler room are usually not properly insulated, which will lead to heat loss. You don't want to waste valuable heat in the boiler room instead of distributing heat effectively in the greenhouse. Check all pumps and valves to make sure there are no leaks. The more leaks, the more money the heating system costs. Check your climate control settings. Seasonal adjustments should be made to compensate for the sudden drop in temperature. Test your sensors and instruments. They break down from time to time and need to be replaced. Other things to do are to check the burners and boilers every year, keep the boiler room clean and tidy, and check the steam valves.
Check your supplemental lighting
Between November and February, greenhouses located in cooler areas will experience shorter days and lower light levels. This makes supplementary lighting a necessary solution. Choosing the right lighting for your greenhouse is crucial. The lighting you choose and how long they run will depend on the crop type and temperature. When choosing between HPS and LEDs, remember that although HPS lamps are cheaper, they use 25% more power than LEDs. Ensure that the shadows cast by the lamps do not block any natural light in the key areas of the bench.
Consider installing energy curtains
In terms of energy saving, it is important to correctly install curtains to make them fit closely in any season of the year. When outdoor conditions are not ideal, energy curtains are designed to help change the climate in the greenhouse. Most of the heating takes place at night, so closing the curtains during this period will keep the heat near the plants and prevent cold air from entering. Although the cost of installing double-layer curtains may be high, the return on investment in energy conservation is fast. From 20% to 75%. The following are three precautions for greenhouse curtains. Use your curtains in winter, the type of curtains you should install, and automate your curtains for maximum efficiency.
Following these steps will help you improve energy efficiency and help provide the best environment for your crops.