How to insulate a greenhouse

A greenhouse offers a wide range of benefits, the main one being that you can grow a selection of plants all year round. Gabriel Ash offers greenhouses to suit all types of gardens, from glasshouses for those looking an impressive design to lean to designs for those that require a smaller, space-saving structure.

In order to keep your plants at their best, you will need to make improvements to your greenhouse.
During winter, your plants will need to be protected from the frost and cooler temperatures. In order to do this, you will need to insulate your greenhouse. Insulating your greenhouse will not only help to keep your plants at their best but will also reduce the amount you spend on heating during winter. There are many types of insulation available.
Here are some effective methods of insulation and how to use them.

1.    Bubble wrap.
Bubble wrap is one of the most popular types of insulation and will help to keep your greenhouse well insulated during winter. Not only will your greenhouse be free from frost, but you can also cut down on your heating bills. To properly insulate your greenhouse with bubble wrap, take measurements beforehand. Fix the bubble wrap to the frames of your greenhouse using nails or plastic clips, pulling it tight so that it provides proper insulation. Bubble wrap is one of the most effective types of insulation and is thought to reduce heating costs by 30%. In addition to greenhouses, bubble wrap can also be used to insulate patio pots.

2.    Thermal screens. Thermals screens are thought to reduce heating costs by 50% and also help to reduce condensation on leaves and fruit, which reduces the risk of plant disease. There are many thermal screen systems available and many come with detailed instructions so that you can easily install the screens in your greenhouse.

3.    Double glazing.
A double glazed greenhouse will provide sufficient insulation during winter. Double glazing would need to be added during the construction of the greenhouse. If your current greenhouse is not double glazed, then you may wish to consider replacing your panels. Although double glazing can be expensive, it will be more beneficial in the long run, as your greenhouse will be well insulated in winter, which will protect your plants and allow you to cut down on heating costs.

4.    Greenhouse heating.
There are a many types of greenhouse heating available. Greenhouse heaters generally cost more to run, but by exploring what is available and selecting the right type of heater, you will be able to find heating that is easy to install and with lower running costs.
Electric fan heaters are one of the most effective types of greenhouse heating, as they can easily be moved around and offer good air circulation. They will help to keep your greenhouse warm in winter, whilst providing sufficient ventilation in summer. Most electric heaters come with a thermostat, so you can easily control the temperature and avoid wasting energy.

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