How to fit an automatic greenhouse vent opener

How to fit an automatic greenhouse vent opener

Find out how to fit an automatic greenhouse vent opener with the help of our practical step-by-step guide.

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Keeping your greenhouse cool in summer is essential, as high temperatures can cause heat stress, damaging your plants and potentially, your crops.

Damping down and providing shading in the form of blinds, screens and shading paint can help, and it’s really important to encourage good air circulation by opening the doors and vents.

You can make sure your greenhouse ventilation is constantly regulated during hot summer months, whether you’re at home or not, by installing an automatic vent opener. It contains a wax that expands when heated, opening the vent. When the temperature falls, the wax contracts and the vent closes.

UPVC greenhouses have lightweight roof vents and may require a stronger vent opener to keep them closed or prevent them being blown away – check before you buy.

Available at garden centres or online, automatic vent openers are quick and easy to install – here’s how to do it.


You Will Need

  • Greenhouse
  • Automatic ventilation kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws

Total time:

Step 1

Place the opener in the centre of a window vent and mark the position of the holes on the window frame and greenhouse frame. If you have a metal-framed greenhouse, you might have pre-drilled holes already set in the centre. If not, mark the position on the metal with a pencil and drill the holes in.

Fitting the vent opener
Fitting the vent opener

Step 2

Screw the automatic window opener to the frame of the window then check that the window can open and close.

Screwing the vent in place
Screwing the vent in place

Step 3

If necessary, adjust the amount the window opens by rotating the main tube of the vent opener.

Adjusting the window
Adjusting the window

Step 4

On a sunny day, watch and wait to see that the vent is opening properly.


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