Choosing the Ideal Greenhouse Heater

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Published: 17th August 2015
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A greenhouse offers a convenient method for growing plants within a controlled environment. Although that sounds relatively simple, it can become complicated when you consider how exactly that environment is controlled. Greenhouse heaters can help you to keep your greenhouse at the ideal temperature.

Ensuring your greenhouse maintains the proper temperature throughout the year involves having the right heating system installed. There are a few things to bear in mind to ensure your greenhouse maintains that ideal temperature.

The type of greenhouse heating system you install will be largely based on your geographic location. For instance, if you live in a northern region where winters tend to be severe, you will require more heat than if you live in a more moderate climate.

The amount of sunlight your greenhouse is able to receive will also play an important role in determining the type of heating you should install.

You should also carefully consider the types of plants you wish to grow during the winter in choosing an appropriate heating system. For instance, if you are only going to hold your plants over through the winter to prevent them from freezing, you may only need a minimum amount of heat.

On the other hand, if you wish to harvest homegrown vegetables throughout the winter, you will need a stronger source of heat. Your budget and the size of your greenhouse will also play a role in deciding which type of greenhouse heater will be best for your needs.

Along with the initial cost of the heater, consider the fact that you will need to provide fuel for the heat that you select. The type of fuel you choose should be affordable as well as convenient and easy.

There are many different types of heaters currently available for use in greenhouses. A gas heater is fueled by L.P. or natural gas and does not require you to have an electric hookup. Greenhouse space heaters offer the benefit of portability. This type of heater is run by electricity, making it fairly low-cost. Keep in mind that this type of heater is not a good option for a large greenhouse.

Forced air greenhouse heaters operate on a controlled thermostat and a forced air furnace. This is also a good option for a small greenhouse. Electric greenhouse heaters provide heat through a soil cable heat on the ground. Ceramic heaters offer efficient, durable heat that is evenly circulated through an enclosed fan.

Another option to consider is a steam or hot water heater. This type of heat is frequently used in professional greenhouses and is usually fueled by coal or natural gas.

You can also opt for a wall-mounted heater. This is a good choice for greenhouses that have a sturdy frame where the heater can be attached. The great benefit of this heater is that it does not take up valuable space. This is not a good choice for a portable greenhouse. Floor-mounted heaters are also available. Although this type of heater does take up floor space, when it is not in use it can be tucked away under your gardening bench. Hanging heaters can be hung from the ceiling, but you will need a sturdy ceiling and enough headroom to use this type of heater.

Greenhouse heaters typically range in price from around $50 to more than $1,000, based on the size and type you choose. Although it can be tempting to purchase a cheap greenhouse heater, ultimately it is better to purchase a higher quality heater to ensure it provides your greenhouse with reliable heat on the worst of those winter days. For more information, click here Guide to Greenhouse Heaters and electric heaters

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