Winter is a challenging time for gardeners. Tending to plants in the cold and worrying about their well-being can be frustrating. However, winter gardening no longer needs to be a tedious process. You can make improvements by prepping your greenhouse for the cold. Here are the best ways to heat your greenhouse during the winter. Let’s ensure your plants thrive during this harsh season.
Insulation Is Key
Installing insulation is the first step to maintaining a warm environment for your plants. Prevent freezing air from sapping their lifespans by sealing your greenhouse walls, roof, and floor. Sturdi-Built’s unique Thermal Option adds a layer of inner glazing to create a double-glazed greenhouse, creating a more thermally efficient space. Use twin wall polycarbonate in the roof in place of glass to add insulation.
Consider Natural Sunlight
Sunlight is a wonderful gift to give plants and is something to take full advantage of. Placing your greenhouse in an area where it can receive maximum sunlight exposure during the day can keep the interior warm and create a cozy haven for your plants.
Invest in Thermal Mass
Thermal mass materials, such as stone or concrete, absorb and store heat during the day and release it slowly at night, regulating the temperature inside the greenhouse. Opt to have a concrete or stone mason build your base wall using CMU blocks when purchasing a greenhouse from Sturdi-Built. The additional thermal mass of concrete over wood will provide a warmer space in the winter and keep it cool in the summer.
It is time to get extra help when natural methods are insufficient. Various heating systems are available that adequately keep your greenhouse warm. Electric, natural gas, propane heaters, and radiant heating systems are all popular choices. Make sure the system you pick suits your greenhouse size and needs.
Heat Mats and Cables
Heat mats and cables can be a lifesaver if you have many smaller plants or seedlings. These low-energy devices provide gentle heat at the root level, creating the ideal conditions for seed germination and plant growth. They are energy-efficient, and you can easily control them to maintain your plants’ desired temperature.
Thermostats and Timers
Invest in a good thermostat and timer system to ensure optimal heating and energy efficiency. Thermostats and timers allow you to set specific temperatures and control when the heating system turns on and off. By automating the process, you can save energy and provide the perfect climate for your plants.
Bubble Wrap Insulation
Unbelievably, simple bubble wrap can be an effective insulator for your greenhouse. Simply cover the walls and roof with bubble wrap, ensuring the bubbles face inward. This extra insulation layer can help trap heat and prevent drafts from chilling your plants.
Maintaining a stable and warm environment during the winter months is crucial for the health and growth of your plants. With these tips and tricks for retaining heat in your greenhouse during the winter, you can enjoy gardening year-round and keep those green thumbs busy. So, embrace the winter season, get creative with your heating methods, and give your plants their dream oasis. Create your dream winter escape with one of Sturdi-Built’s glass greenhouse kits for sale, and start growing your plants in style. Come find the ideal sanctuary for you to use this chilly season!