Energy Reflection Foil Laminated Reinforced Fabric
- FOYLON has been providing growers with energy savings for over 15 years
- FOYLON reflects both heat and light energy in an evenly dispersed pattern
- FOYLON can return a profit on installation costs in the first season of use
- FOYLON is resistant to most solutions and can be easily washed or wiped clean
- FOYLON will not fade, crack, or tear for many years of service
- FOYLON is heat and flame resistant
the FOYLON story
Greenhouse growing uses a lot of energy. Every grower knows what happens to energy bills as the temperature drops, winds rise and rain cascades over the greenhouse glazing. Thermal curtains have been used effectively for several decades but, they are not the only solution. Commercial greenhouses lose light and heat energy in many ways.
Any surface not contributing heat or light energy is losing it and costing you money and production
Consider the story in your greenhouse - Where should you have used Foylon?
For energy savings, even heating and enhanced light levels ?
Greenhouse end walls
Every north wall loses light and heat. Even if your end wall is solid it is losing heat and absorbing light. Covering the end wall with Foylon will reduce heat loss and provide a diffused reflection of light. You eliminate a "cold wall" raise light levels in a dark area and cut energy costs.
Below bench wall surfaces
Any exterior wall area below the media plants are being grown in is the source of climate control problems. It contributes nothing to the light levels and is a poorly insulated area for the heating season. Reduce the negative impact of these areas by covering them with Foylon.
Above bench exterior wall surfaces
This Includes the north roof slope in some greenhouse designs. For northern greenhouses as in Canada and a surprising percentage of American locations, the walls of the greenhouse contribute only negligible amounts of light during the heating season. The reason for this is actually simple. These walls supposedly provide the morning and late afternoon light. The fact is that the most of this light is actually transmitted through the roof of the greenhouse. By the time of day that the majority of ambient light is coming directly from the sun it is past the point where it would be transmitted through greenhouse walls. During winter months you can actually increase light levels in northern climates by covering all but the south facing walls with Foylon. The impact on heating costs is very significant.
Increased light levels and the elimination of cold spots in the greenhouse or within the crop canopy, will have a very direct impact on crop health and productivity. This is a significant factor in late fall, winter and early spring. A Foylon installation is passive. You put it in, and forget it until the sun moves into a useful northerly location.
Hot water heating in a greenhouse floor is a recognized energy saver. Even if the slab is installed over a 6" layer of dry sand set on vapor barrier, you will lose more energy dollars through the floor of the greenhouse, than through any other un-insulated surfaces over the heating season. The ground on which the greenhouse sits is a heat sink the size of the planet. You can reduce this heat loss by up to 40% by placing Foylon between the sand and the concrete slab.
Unheated floors lose just as much heat as heated floors. Failure to insulate an unheated greenhouse floor is exactly the same as flushing your energy dollars down the drain. White plastic is a commonly used attempt to reflect light upward into the crop and control waste water. A properly designed greenhouse floor incorporating a foylon barrier will yield profitable energy savings.
Bottom heating on propagation benches is a very effective tool. The results are well documented. What is often ignored is the heat loss to the area below the bench. It is often cited as a source of heat for the greenhouse. The fact is that we want to heat the root zone not the greenhouse with this system. Installing a Foylon layer below the heat source will direct the heat upward and provide more even heating in the root zone. You will lose less heat and save money. Your propagation bed will be more evenly heated and the consistency of production can be enhanced. The use of "roll up" covers of Foylon on propagation benches can have a really dramatic impact on heating costs. Your root zone heating can provide the majority of all crop heating requirements, if you isolate the propagation area from the greenhouse environment during dark periods. This use of Foylon can have a more significant impact on energy costs than any other. It allows you to deliver heat, precisely, during the most expensive portion of the heating season.
Indoor growing and propagation areas
Where artificial light is used exclusively Foylon can dramatically enhance light levels and dispersion. Any surface not reflecting light is absorbing light. When you "go indoors" there are many materials used to build the area. Some reflect light to a limited extent and white paint is far less effective than you think. In addition you build light traps into every corner of the area. Foylon as a surface reflectant is the best material for the purpose you can buy today. It is easy to install, requires minimal framing, and can be shaped to eliminate the dark corners. Using Foylon as an integral design material can reduce your construction costs in addition to providing enhanced light levels with a much more even lighting pattern. Not bad when you can make a profit by starting instead of waiting for a payback over time.
Over 15 years of agricultural use .
It will save you energy dollars by improving heating and lighting characteristics.
Installation is easy and quick. Staple, tack or glue. Hangs straight and flat providing
even light and heat dispersion.
This could be the last time you need to replace your reflective coverings
Make the permanent choice
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