GREENHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEMS – how I automate the environment
Today we discuss how to create a tropical environment in a greenhouse in the UK. We look at greenhouse heating and how it’s controlled; we discuss greenhouse ventilation and how that can be automated; we look at a low-cost temperature controller; controllers for fans and lighting; we discuss auto louvres for windows; we look at shading, water and electricity supply; we discuss the hydro-fogger humidifier and the humidistat; finally, we look at propagators.
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0:00 GREENHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEMS – how I automate the environment: INTRO
1:06 How to provide ventilation and air movement in a tropical greenhouse
5:19 Which greenhouse heater should I buy?
6:03 How do you control the heat in a greenhouse?
11:26 How do work out greenhouse heating costs?
14:18 How do you control the humidity in a greenhouse?
19:00 Can you get automatic openers for greenhouse louvre windows?
24:20 Using a hydrofogger to control the humidity in a greenhouse
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(When available, I use affiliate links and may earn a small commission, but these are all products I’ve used and been reasonably happy with.)
*** GEAR I USE ***
HEATING, INSULATION, SHADING, ELECTRICAL
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