Energy Management with a Greenhouse Window Opener

Energy management is very important when it comes to greenhouse windows.  You will have to measure your window properly to get just the right fit; but keep in mind that some dealers say the greenhouse window can be slightly larger than your existing window, while others recommend an exact fit.  Installation assistance can be of great benefit, reducing any potential gaps between the frames, which would let heat out, as well as cold air in.  While the proper fit is required to optimize resources and maintain a comfortable environment for your plants, a greenhouse window opener may also be necessary for some window locations, particularly during the hot summer months.

It’s a Breeze with a Greenhouse Window Opener

When deciding which type of greenhouse window will work best for you, you should consider a model with side vents to control airflow.  Natural ventilation can be achieved via side greenhouse window vents that are built into the greenhouse window and can be efficient in reducing temperature and humidity for proper plant growth.  There are also some heavy duty vent openers available on the market, but they are typically too large for use with a greenhouse window.

Forced ventilation is accomplished through the use of fans that are typically installed on sidewalls and are capable of moving large quantities of air, both hot and cold when and where it is needed most.  Compact fans are designed to push warmer air down to the plant level where it is needed, reducing cold spots and stagnant air.   Circulation fans can also provide the necessary airflow for healthy plant growth, and work well to distribute even heat and fresh air throughout your greenhouse window.

If you prefer to take the guesswork out of proper airflow management, an automatic greenhouse window vent opener may be the way to go.  This type of solar-powered greenhouse window opener has a metal cylinder that contains a mineral which expands when heated and pushes a piston that opens the vent.  As the temperature cools, this mineral shrinks and a spring closes the vent and resets the piston.  Because the vent opens and closes gradually, airflow distribution is just the right amount for proper cooling.

With a solar-powered greenhouse window opener, you can be sure of an even temperature in your greenhouse window day and night, and no electricity is required. These automatic greenhouse window openers allow you to continuously control the temperature of your mini greenhouse, typically from 62 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit (or 17-23 degrees Celsius).

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