A smart greenhouse can help you grow your plants throughout the whole year. With a smart greenhouse, you can monitor and control your climate to suit the plants.
A smart greenhouse can also help you save money on water, electricity, and heating bills as it only uses resources when needed and not constantly. The smart greenhouse technology is an IoT device that allows you to control the indoor temperature and humidity of your house, greenhouse, or any indoor area with plants.
Let us look at some tips to maintain a smart greenhouse.
Tips to maintain a smart greenhouse
Here are some tips on how to maintain a smart greenhouse.
- Get your house ready for the summer.
- Clean your air conditioner’s filters.
- Change any lightbulbs that are burned out in your house with energy-efficient ones.
- Adjust the thermostat, so it is no lower than 78 degrees and no higher than 82 degrees when you are at home.
- Turn up the thermostat even more when you leave home for more than two hours.
- Install ceiling fans, which use less electricity than air conditioners, in as many rooms of your home as possible and outside on porches and patios where you might spend time in the summer months.
- Use ceiling fans to supplement air conditioning instead of turning up the air conditioner’s temperature setting whenever possible so that you can save even more electricity costs for the summer months ahead.
All greenhouses today have basic automation, such as auto-watering and automatic lights. Smart greenhouse takes this one step further and uses the internet to track the environment in which the plants are grown.
The smart greenhouse also uses real-time data analytics to monitor the crop’s condition, thereby enabling remote control over the plants.
Let’s start with some basic automated functions:
Watering system: The watering system provides water to the plants on a fixed schedule or when the moisture level drops below a specified threshold. The smart greenhouse periodically measures the moisture level at each plant and accordingly determines whether it needs to be watered or not. Auto-watering can also be achieved using sensors that detect and respond to changes in soil moisture levels.
Lighting: Lighting is essential to maintain the photosynthesis cycle in plants; hence, they must receive sufficient light during the daytime. Depending upon your requirements, light sources can be incandescent, fluorescent, or LED lights. An important point to consider while selecting lights is that you must use only those light sources that do not emit heat as much as light because high temperatures can damage plants. Smart greenhouses may have different lighting set-ups for different seasons. Keep all these aspects in mind when opting for a smart green. It is essential to explore the concept of a smart greenhouse before opting for it.
The benefit is that you can make the best use of this technology at the end of the day.