Plants respond amazingly well to the optimal conditions created inside a greenhouse. Geothermal heat, generated by the environment, is captured inside a greenhouse during the changing climates of the seasons. There are quite a number of factors that influences the climate inside your greenhouse as you will see in this article.
The 1st factor that will influence your greenhouse’s geothermal conditioning is location. Your greenhouse’s orientation towards the sun will determine how the external climate influences the conditions inside your greenhouse. As the seasons progress, so does the energy needs of your greenhouse. The use of light materials means that your greenhouse has minimal insulating properties which in turn creates a stable climate for your greenhouse.
Your internal greenhouse climate system should have the ability to compensate for the changes in the external climate. The ability to regulate the climate is the main reason why a greenhouse is so important for the cultivating of plants during the colder seasons. Young plant are very tender and won’t survive the colder seasons without the added support of a greenhouse.
By adding artificial sunlight to your greenhouses arsenal you can also simulate the solar radiation effects of the sun. This is crucial for the photosynthesis process in plants that creates the life-giving carbon dioxide that plants need to survive. Calculating the right amount of heat and light that you need to provide can be challenging a times. You have to take your own unique greenhouse climate into consideration when doing this.
Having the right lighting, heating and humidifying systems in your greenhouse will make all the difference. These systems should respond and adapt to the changing conditions outside. Some processes that take part to the continuous energy balance maintained in any greenhouse is the water transport through the soil, plant canopy, and air. The formation of chlorophyll affects the entire internal climate. This happens because of the effect of heat transfer, solar light, oxygen and carbon dioxide cycle.
7 Factors to take into consideration when determining your greenhouse climate conditioning.
1. Ventilation. The plant canopy inside your greenhouse is where it all begins. The plant canopy relies on heat and water transfer that comes from the movement of air in the controlled system. A healthy greenhouse relies heavily on the right balance of energy inside the system. Proper ventilation will help you to achieve this goal.
2. One of the best ways to control the air movement inside your greenhouse is with a proper heating system. A good system will help to maintain the right amount of humidity and moisture in the air as it also helps it flow. This system should adjust according to the external conditions.
3. Greenhouse humidity and temperature is also greatly affected by the flow of water. Not only does the roots need a certain amount of water, but the humidity of your greenhouse will also be determined by how much water you provide your plants. A good misting system will solve this problem.
4. The overall energy state of your greenhouse will be determined by the air temperature. The air temperature is a combination of different factors that is influenced by the overall environment. The stems and leaves of each and every plant will be influenced by the air temperature.
5. Plants respirate though the formation of carbon dioxide that comes from the process of photosynthesis. An essential part of a healthy greenhouse climate therefore is lighting. You will be able to rely on solar radiation during the warmer seasons. In the colder seasons however, a good lighting system will be crucial in the survival of your plants.
6. Another important factor in the overall greenhouse climate is the soil temperature. Heat is transferred directly to the soil which in turn will affect the roots of your plant systems.
7. The greenhouse effect ultimately comes from the formation of CO2 inside your greenhouse. Keep in mind that the average atmospheric CO2 levels are around 0.03%. CO2 is an important factor in maintaining the right amount of humidity and temperatures in you greenhouse climate.
I’m sure you can now see why greenhouse systems are so important in your overall success. Your greenhouse climate will rely heavily on the proper management of the systems installed. Automation would be ideal, but can be costly. It should be worth considering though for your life will be much easier and your greenhouse more successful.