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Energy saving tips – In your greenhouse

Here are a few energy saving tips:

Energy Saving Tips

Reduce air leakage from the greenhouse –

Small cracks and loose glazing materials can cause unwanted air to enter or escape from your greenhouse. Obviously both will affect the efficiency of any heating system you have in place. But fixing areas around the doors and vents that are not air tight can help stop unwanted air flow. Caulking holes or lining parts of the frame and weather stripping around the door can make a big difference. Shutting your fans off during the winter and covering them with a thick plastic will help keep your greenhouse regulated in the winter months. And always fix any holes or broken panels as soon as possible. If you have a Sunglo you can call 1-800-647-0606 for any replacement parts!

Use a double layer glazing system –

Double layered glazing material can be beneficial, if it is done the correct way. Our greenhouses have an inner corrugated panel that creates a 1.5” dead air space keeping it exceptionally insulated. To see how Sunglo’s unique glazing system works click here.

Install windbreaks –

Windbreaks are important in high wind areas because it prevents the cold wind from hitting the greenhouse therefore cooling it down. Building a mini fence or even planting shrubbery around the base of your greenhouse is effective. Some gardener’s plant small trees around their greenhouse, it not only looks pretty but will help keep the wind at bay. Whatever you decide to use make sure it stands mid-level to your greenhouse so it doesn’t block the sun. If you already have some tree cover in your yard or near the greenhouse than your in luck! No planting for you!

Use a shade cloth –

Shade cloths are wonderful for high temperature areas. They are used during the hottest time of the day to reduce thermal solar radiation. Sunglo carries a wide variety of sizes and they can be mixed and matched to perfectly fit your greenhouse. For more information on shade cloths click here.

Use your heat wisely –

To calculate what type of heater you’ll need for your greenhouse there is a simple formula. Take the temperature you want the greenhouse to stay at (let’s say 50) and the average winter temperature in your area (how about 20) and subtract them (equals 30). Next you multiply the temperature difference by the surface area of your greenhouse (8×10 greenhouse is 276 X 30 = 8280). Now you multiply your answer by your greenhouse materials U value. For a Sunglo you would multiply 8280 X .75 = 6210 BTU’s(.75 is Sunglo’s U value). This means you need to find a heater that has exactly or over 6210 BTU’s to efficiently heat your greenhouse. Using the correct heater will ensure thriving plants and not use unwanted electricity. To see this formula again and more in depth information on BTU requirements check out this post. Click here.

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Buying a Greenhouse?

If you are thinking about buying a greenhouse this season there are a few things you may want to consider. Many options are available to the backyard horticulturist these days, but in addition to their price tag there are many things that set them apart.

Perhaps one of the most important things to consider is strength and longevity. When investing such a large sum of money you want to be certain that the greenhouse will be something you can enjoy for many years to come. Things such as snow and wind load, life expectancy of the glazing material, and manufacturer’s warranty all play an important role in this.

sunglo snowloadIn mild climates where snow fall and wind speeds are low, a weaker and often cheaper greenhouse may suffice. But in harsher climates where the snow accumulates and the winds blow, one bad storm could leave you suddenly out of a greenhouse and all the money you paid for it. A greenhouse company that does not state their wind and snow load ratings probably does not want you to know what they are. Over the past 35 years Sunglo greenhouses have survived everything from the snowfall of Alaska to the hurricanes of Florida, and we have structural engineering reports to back our claims of an 80 mph wind load and 34 pounds per square foot snow load. Most recently we had one survive Hurricane Sandy, and you can read more about that here: Hurricane Sandy Survivor.

The life expectancy of the glazing material a greenhouse manufacturer uses also determines how long you can expect to enjoy your greenhouse. In most cases the warranty covering the greenhouse is a good indicator of this, but not always. The 12 year warranty included with every Sunglo greenhouse guarantees that your glazing material will sunglo greenhouse glazingbe “free from problems caused by the effects of sunlight for twelve years.” Sunglo uses only the highest quality UV stabilized, impact resistant acrylic, and we find that most customers enjoy at least 15 to 20 years without having to replace a single acrylic panel. Being able to replace individual panels is also unheard of in the backyard greenhouse market. More often than not your typical backyard greenhouse will require complete replacement in 10 years or less, but we see no reason to scrap a perfectly good aluminum frame that lasts a lifetime. The ease with which you can replace the individual panels is all because of our patented Therma-Truss system, and for more information about this and the differences between acrylic and polycarbonate please read : Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate.

Another thing to consider is energy efficiency. Our dual pane greenhouse panels are 1.5 inches thick. This equates to 38.1 millimeters. In comparison, your standard backyard greenhouse will be dual pane, but the the panels range in thickness from 6 to 8 millimeters. The thickness of the panel is important because the space between the panes creates insulating dead air space. Second only to a complete vacuum, dead air space is one of the best insulators known to man. If you intend to use your greenhouse all year round, as a Sunglo is designed to do, then spending a little more initially can save you a great deal of money in the years to come. For more information about another way your greenhouse can help you save money please read: Overwintering in the Greenhouse.

american greenhouseIn addition to the unmatched value of a Sunglo, you and every other American you know benefits from buying American. Sunglo greenhouses are one of very few still made entirely in these United States of America. Almost every other greenhouse on the market is an import from countries such as Germany and China. Not only does your purchase of a Sunglo greenhouse help to bolster our economy, but you get the benefit of support from actual people who enjoy aiding our fellow horticulturists. Starting with the initial assembly and continuing throughout the many years you will own your greenhouse, we will be here to help in any way we can.

If we haven’t convinced you that Sunglo Greenhouses are the strongest, longest lasting, and most energy efficient greenhouses under the sun please call us toll free at 1-800-647-0606. Most of our staff are proud Sunglo owners themselves and would be more than happy to answer all of your questions.

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Awesome Sunglo Greenhouse

Featured Sunglo Greenhouse

We are taking a break from the Blast from the Past video series during our home and garden show season, but in the meantime I wanted to share an email received this week from a most ingenious customer. I have been working with Marshall over the course of the last couple of months and it has been amazing to watch this project come together.

Marshall writes:

sunglo greenhouseHi Michael,

In two separate e-mails I will send some photos of our recently completed 1700-C greenhouse.  We are very pleased with the quality of the 8′ X 10′ lean-to model.  It is attached to the south-facing wall of our  garage.  In spite of the cool cloudy and sometimes rainy days in SW Washington, there have been occasional sunny days in February that the automated exhaust fan has come on to cool down the greenhouse when it reached 90 degrees. 

sungloAn added benefit of the lean-to model is that the north wall of the greenhouse is the insulated wall of the garage and if desired, I can open the windows of the garage and allow the natural heat of the greenhouse to come into my woodworking shop in the garage.

Greenhouse Floor HeatYou will see from the pictures that I chose to put in two in-ground insulated growing beds in hopes of growing vegetables in the winter.  Each bed is about 7 feet in length and 14 inches wide and insulated with two inch-thick styrofoam. One of the beds is 10 inches deep, the other is 5 inches deep.  They each have thermostatically controlled heat cables set in sand in the bottom.  The cables are then covered with wire mesh to protect them before filling the beds with soil.  The soil temperature being maintained at 70 degrees by the heat cables will be optimum to stimulate growth which will save heating the entire greenhouse.  Since soil temperature is the determining factor for germination and growth, the only other heat required will be to keep the greenhouse just above freezing.  Sunglo Greenhouse InteriorSupplemental HPS lighting suspended from the ceiling will extend the daylight hours to 14 – 16 hours per day, which will be necessary in the winter.  The 1000 watt HPS bulb will also generate some heat that will be beneficial.  I will still have plenty of floor and bench space for propagating other plants to transplant into the garden in spring and summer.

The electrical control panel for ventilation and heating is working well but I did have to add one more outlet for the heat cables.  The extra outlets are also useful for heat mats used on the bench.

Thanks again for all your help and answering questions I had during construction.  We are looking forward to giving the greenhouse a good workout the remainder of the winter and into the spring with hopes of having fresh veggies next winter.

Sincerely, Marshall Himes

It just goes to show that the control you have over the growing environment in a greenhouse is only limited by your imagination. This is a truly phenomenal design Marshall and thank you for the great pictures!

Minneapolis Home and Garden Show

Home and Garden ShowThey call the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show “The Big One”  with good reason. There are the usual display gardens and vendors, but they actually construct an entire house inside the Minneapolis Convention Center complete with landscaped yard. As impressive as this is, we were informed that a greenhouse company has never attended the show. We did not feel this fair to the great people of Minnesota. So for the first time ever Sunglo Greenhouses will have the only greenhouse built for Minnesota winters on display at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show running February 27 through March 3.

We will be offering show exclusive deals which means that if you have been thinking about buying a greenhouse, this is your chance to save some serious cash.

Minneapolis Home and Garden Show

The website for the show can be accessed at the link above. Hope to see you there!

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Greenhouse Light Transmission

Greenhouse Light Transmission: Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate

sunglo greenhouseThe first part of our Blast from the Past video series is available today.

sunglo greenhouseThis week features a video comparing the light transmission of our acrylic glazing material to polycarbonate.

Click here to watch the video on Youtube.

Though the videos date themselves, the tests conducted in them are perhaps more relevant today than when they were originally filmed.

Our dual pane Therma-Truss® construction uses UV stabilized; impact resistant DR acrylic which resists discoloration and deterioration for up to 20 years. It incorporates a smooth outer layer and corrugated inner layer as shown in the diagram at right. Light is diffused evenly throughout the greenhouse by the corrugations while still allowing 92% of solar radiation to pass through.

This design is what started it all 35 years ago, and is what truly sets a Sunglo apart from all the rest today. In an industry overrun with flimsy, snap together polycarbonate greenhouses, you can take solace in knowing that somebody still considers American made quality to be more important than outsourcing overseas to improve the bottom line.

Sunglo Greenhouse – Top of the List

Sunglo greenhouses made the Gardener’s Wishlist this year published in the longest running gardening column in North America! And at the top of the list no less!

Link to Article

Jeff Lowenfels, pictured at left, has been writing his column for over 36 years now. That dates back to the first Sunglo greenhouse ever sold.

 

 

Disclaimer: Picture is a fictional representation. Jeff has been writing his column for a long time, but not quite that long. For more about Jeff Lowenfels please visit his website.

Home and Garden Shows

Show Schedule 2013

As of today we are officially attending two of the greatest home and garden extravaganzas in the nation this year.

February 20 – 24: The 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

We will have an extra special surprise this year for our friends and neighbors here in the northwest.

 

 

 

February 27 – March 3: 2013 Minneapolis Home and Garden Show

the big one

This will be our first year at “The Big One” and we are super excited.

Good Morning Utah

Good Morning UtahLast year at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Festival we did a live news segment with Good Morning Utah. Big Buddha, a local TV personality with Fox 13 News, challenged us to prove the strength of our greenhouses. Luckily for him we don’t produce the flimsy, collapse during the first storm type of greenhouse. We manufacture the maybe some crazy guy will want to crawl up on top of it type of greenhouse, but you don’t have to take our word for it. You can see the segment for yourself at the link below.

Big Buddha on a Sunglo on Youtube

Just like the one featured in the video, all of our greenhouses are designed to withstand thousands of pounds of snow, over 80 mile an hour winds, or in this case, a very large man. I am sorry to report that we will not be able to make it to the festival this year, but if you had intended to check us out there please contact us about honoring the exclusive deal we offered at the show last year.

All Season Greenhouse Sale

Snow VillageA greenhouse is a horticultural haven where life blooms all year round and warm light is always in abundance. They serve as an oasis for those passionate gardeners who refuse to stop just because Jack Frost says so. If this best describes yourself or someone you know I would like to give you an opportunity to ensure that you or someone close to you will have a backyard tropical getaway for many winters to come.

Until the end of December all orders placed for any model greenhouse come with all of the climate controls you need to utilize your greenhouse all year round at no extra charge. This includes shadeclothes, exhaust fans, and intake shutters for the summer and heaters for the winter. You will also get thermostats to control both the ventilation system and heater so you can easily maintain your desired temperatures no matter what the weather.

As winter sets in for most of the country many of our customers are already enjoying the benefits of a greenhouse that can withstand harsh weather and maintain an optimal growing environment without costing a small fortune. For more on this please view our previous posts discussing why Sunglo greenhouses are made for cold climates by clicking the links below.

Overwintering in the Greenhouse and Sunglo in Alaska

In some areas of the country it is still not yet cold enough to prevent you from having a greenhouse ready to go for this winter, and if you are already hibernating you can lock in this deal for spring by placing your order by the end of the year. We can have the greenhouse to you in as little a two weeks and if you have been searching for the perfect gift for the gardener on your list this year I assure you that greenhouse is pronounced “Best Gift Ever!” when given as a gift.

 

Greenhouse EHow

As the cold weather approaches, the thought of having to wait till spring to start gardening again makes buying a greenhouse very attractive at this time of year. We have certainly been busy filling orders lately and I wanted to share one of my favorite sites with all our new customers.

The informative resources on Ehow are seemingly endless with articles on nearly everything a gardener could ever wish to learn about. The link below is to one such article that outlines some important things to consider when starting a new greenhouse.

How to Start Your Own Greenhouse

Most of us here are also proud Sunglo owners and would never refuse an opportunity to share our experiences with others. I implore you to give us a call toll free whether you are a past customer wishing to swap stories or a future customer seeking more information.