Hydronic heating (also known as radiant heating when using water to heat) is an effective method to heat your greenhouse.
A boiler which is controlled by valves assist hot water to travel through metal pipes and emitting heat into the greenhouse.
Hydronic heating can increase crop production and result in healthier plants. It will also help you save an estimated 20 – 30 percent in energy costs through increased efficiencies.
From one heat source, hot water can be consistently controlled to steer various flow rates and temperature.
One of the main advantages is the water can be reused so you don’t have to worry about waste.
Is using Hydronic Heating Cost Effective?
With advancements in technology, hydronic heating has become more affordable. At the end of the day it will all come down to your supplier, the material you select and the amount you need.
What should you consider?
The idea is to get the most out of the tools to ensure the temperature and climate is catering your environments need. Hot water is an efficient method to transport heat into your greenhouse over a greater distance using insulated pipes.
The bare pipes can be made up of: steel, black iron, copper, and aluminum.
Locate your pipes around the perimeter of your greenhouse structure and under benches, in the rows of cut flowers or vegetable crops, and at gutter height as well.
Note: Year-round production + controlled temperature = profit!
Having the ability to control the environment means you can grow season to season crops to the market, leading to a higher demand, and increased revenue.
If you’re looking to customize, here are a few options!
One of the most popular applications is placing pipes under concrete slabs on greenhouse benches. This method will help to distribute even heat right at the root level and has been a proven success. Another option is using tubing in the soil of raised beds or under grow tables.