There are a number of advantages of installing an electric greenhouse heater to regulate the temperature within your greenhouse. Firstly, they are relatively cheap to purchase with low-end models coming in at the £20 to £30 range.
A Selection Of Electric Greenhouse Heaters
What follows are a selection of electric greenhouse heaters currently on the market. There are a couple of different types of electric greenhouse heaters available. The fan-assisted models use a fan to distribute warm area through the area they are tasked to heat, while a tubular electric greenhouse heater radiates warmth into your greenhouse through a heating element.
Advantages and Disadvantages
In addition to that there are no installation costs compared to expensive water-pipe heaters and they can easily be moved around if needed despite the good air circulation provided by fan-assisted models.
As most electric greenhouse heaters come with in-built thermostats they are very quick at responding to temperature changes within your greenhouse and ensuring that your plants don’t suffer with temperatures too low or high.
There are, naturally, a couple of disadvantages to the use of electric greenhouse heaters. They may provide good air circulation, but it’s not always evenly spread and you need to watch out for any cold spots that develop in your greenhouse. Of course, this is size dependant and if you have a larger greenhouse you may indeed need to buy a couple of heaters to ensure an even distribution of warm air.
You also need to think carefully about the positioning of an electric greenhouse heater, and certainly fan-assisted models. Any plants close by and in the firing line, so to speak, can suffer from excessively high temperatures and a loss of moisture.
Finally, electric greenhouse heaters need a connection to the mains either by an extension cord from your house of having your greenhouse wired directly to your electricity supply (which will incur a financial cost for installation).
Electric Tubular Heaters
Tubular electric greenhouse heaters work on a different principle to fan-assisted heaters. An electric current is passed into them which causes a heating element inside to heat up. As it does so, the tubular greenhouse heater radiates heat into your greenhouse and provides warmth in this way.
There are a couple of advantages and disadvantages to this system. Firstly, the tube is very good at distributing it’s heat in a balanced manner in the space where it is situated. Without a fan blowing warm air, the temperature in a specific area of your greenhouse can be tightly controlled. Secondly, the electrical cost in using a tubular heater is reduced as there is no need to power a fan like with their bigger cousins.
The larger your greenhouse, the more tubular heaters you’re going to need. Ideally suited to cold frames and small greenhouses, a single tube isn’t sufficient for larger spaces and a number of tubes are going to be needed and strategically placed around your greenhouse. With no thermometer to react to changing conditions, tubular greenhouse heaters are a blunt instrument when it comes to regulating the temperature. Finally, unlike with most free standing fan heaters, tube heaters are usually firmly fixed in place with screws which means they aren’t easily moved if you want to change things around.
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