Items like storage space, shades, and walkways are often overlooked during the design process, but they can be critical to the success of a greenhouse. Air circulation for plants, storage space for greenhouse necessities, and ample walkways to access your plants should all be addressed during the design process.
Solar Innovations® provides customers with one of the largest selections of greenhouse accessories in the industry. For options beyond those detailed in the following pages, contact the Solar Innovations® design team at 800-618-0669. If possible, please e-mail us photos or sketches of your ideas to aid in the discussion.
Glass, acrylic, and polycarbonate are comparable for use in greenhouse applications. Polycarbonate tends to be less expensive than glass but typically does not maintain as well as glass in the long term. A glass/acrylic structure is more aesthetically pleasing than a poly greenhouse and will blend better with a home’s decor. There is also more flexibility in plant growth with glass. Depending on the exact specimen of polycarbonate/acrylic, it may restrict enough sunlight to diminish growth and blooms in plants. If glass is selected, the intensity of light can be controlled with various types of LowE glazing and shading options.
Automating your accessories can be as simple as utilizing single stage thermostats or as sophisticated as installing a fully integrated greenhouse automation system. Regardless of the level of automation you choose, the accessories are designed to work in stages.
Greenhouse Accessory Configuration
Solar Innovations’® greenhouse accessories can be combined to create a balanced and efficient growing environment. Our accessories are designed to work either with manual switches or automatically with sensors, and can be customized to meet your specific needs.
First, circulation fans destratify the air. Then, ridge vents partially open to allow the hot air to escape and windows and eave vents open to allow cool air to enter. If the temperature remains too high, the evaporative cooler operates to draw cool moist air into the greenhouse.
In the event the evaporation cooler is unable to maintain the desired temperature, all systems can be shut down. At that point, the intake and exhaust fans can be engaged to attempt to maintain a temperature equal to the outside temperature.
Even more advanced greenhouse designs can utilize chillers, foggers, and other methods of temperature control. Your individual growing needs and the design of your greenhouse will determine the specific accessories required.