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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It’s January in Washington and you know what that means! We’re counting down the days to the 2014 NWFGS! Sunglo will be hosting a booth this year so get your walking shoes on and get ready for gardening paradise!
This year the theme is “Art In Bloom”. There’s a little garden in all of us is the slogan. And boy is that true! There will be a ton of free seminars and lots of expert speakers this year. Plus a garden to table cooking series. Speakers will give you ideas, advice and inspiration for creating gracious outdoor living spaces and luscious, sustainable gardens. It’s pure entertainment and invaluable education!
Stop by the Sunglo booth #701 to a greenhouse on display, learn about our products and take advantage of our NWFGS specials!
To view a list of activities and speakers or to buy tickets click here.
We received a customer testimonial from Connecticut this week where Hurricane Sandy recently made a terrible mess of things.
My wife and I are just your everyday home owners, maybe a bit handier than some, but less than others…certainly not professional trades’ people. We bought the SunGlo kit thinking we’d try to build it ourselves as a fun project to do together. Well, we built 90% of it in one weekend and had a blast doing it. The manual and the DVD were more than clear enough to guide us through the process, and despite some sore muscles Monday, we were proud of the results.
The following weekend we knew Hurricane Sandy was coming so we finished up the project, closed the door and went about securing the rest of the house. Northwest CT recorded wind gusts of over 65 MPH for almost 2 days, with horizontal wind, trees, leaves, and branches flying everywhere. Our power was out for 2 and 1/2 days. The SunGlo greenhouse was just fine!
The next week we got hit with a Nor’easter that dumped nearly a foot of snow in near blizzard conditions- again the SunGlo came through just fine. Our cool weather seedlings and other houseplants in the greenhouse are all doing very well.
Thanks for making such a quality product here in the States.
It just goes to show that, be it Solanaceae or Asteraceae, nothing protects your family like a Sunglo.
I am often asked why we use acrylic for our greenhouses. With all the poly-carbonate models available today I find this to be a very valid question. Poly-carbonate has become cheaper and more readily available over the years, and I envy the ease of buying the material in sheets and simply cutting it to fit. However, I must only reflect on the ingenuity of our patented Therma-Truss design to remember that this is one attribute that truly sets a Sunglo Greenhouse apart from all the rest.
This dual pane design incorporates a smooth outer layer of UV stabilized impact resistant acrylic and a custom corrugated acrylic inner layer . Together they form 1.5 inches of dead air space and result in an impressively high insulation factor of R3.1 which is similar to a dual pane window. To achieve this with poly-carbonate would require such a triple thickness that light transmittal would be greatly diminished to 70%, 60% or even less. A Sunglo has 92% of the light come in. Light is your friend in a greenhouse. In fact, for all its insulating value the radiation transmittal rate is nearly the same as that of glass. Also, the UV stabilized and impact resistance treatment our material receives gives it an expected lifespan of 15 to 25 years without the yellowing so common of poly-carbonate. We guarantee the panels to remain clear for 12 years, even in the Arizona sun. That gives our customers 8 to 15 more years to enjoy owning a Sunglo greenhouse without having to replace the glazing material. And even at that time you may only need to replace the flat roof outer panels. The corrugated inner panels are protected from UV by the outer panels and after a careful wash can still look great. In Seattle we have washed and re-used corrugated inner panels as old as 36 years.
We carry replacement panels for every greenhouse we have ever sold which are easily reinstalled into the durable framework. What all this means is that a Sunglo Greenhouse will create a better growing environment with less energy costs for many, many years.
For these reasons we continue to stand by our acrylic design as we have for over 40 years now, and I applaud the two Boeing engineers who originally conceived and patented the Therma-Truss system. Thanks for reading and please contact us if you have any questions about choosing the proper glazing material for your next greenhouse.