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Aluminet

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by EdM, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. EdM

    EdM Member in Good Standing

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    Alexis, the Aluminet comes with a 5 year warranty, the same as good polyfilm. The Aluminet reflects the UV rays rather than absorb them like the black shade cloth does. I noticed about a 10°F drop in temperature during sunny summer day by using the Aluminet...the evaporative cooler was able to keep up.

    Hope this helps.
     
  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What happens if the temperature in the structure is 90F instead of 100F, does the misting system not drop the temperature at all?
     
  3. Kitty

    Kitty AKA\Debby

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    GREAT THREAD! I've been pondering this very subject, the rebuild and expansion of my grnhs begins in 4 weeks. I'm clearing out shrubs and the dreaded bamboo for 10 more feet. the roof will be raised to 14 ft. from 10, which will get it above the roof line of the house. So with the higher roof and old shade cloth that needs replacing anyway, I was consitering aluminet, aluminet it is! Thanks for the link Marni...:D
     
  4. AHAB

    AHAB New Member

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    Great stuff!
    I think the guy was wrong on all counts.
    I've had it on for a year or so on mine.
    When I put it on, you could tell immediately the quality of light was better and more evenly diffused.
    It does lower the temp.

    Check out:
    www.cpenterpris.com
    They were able to get me remnants (spelling?) at a very reasonable price.
    They are in Apopka, Fl. (800) 226-3321
    Hope that helps,
    Jim T
     
  5. T. migratoris

    T. migratoris Active Member

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    I have Aluminet also but I haven't had it on long enouth to really evaluate its longevity. My reason for posting is to say that I purchased mine from here: http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/Aluminet-Shade-Cloth/products/1180/. I thought the price was pretty good & the service from this place is remarkable.

    I have no reason to second-guess my Aluminet purchase - it's everything I expected it to be and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
     
  6. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Jim is right about the quality of light. It does make a big difference.
     
  7. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Ouch.

    I'm spoiled, I suppose. I've never used anything other than Aluminet. It works great, and I'll continue using it.
     
  8. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    I meant no offense, Jon, so quit yer cryin'! :p

    Marni, I believe the mist system will be capable of dropping my temps by 10° from whatever threshhold I set on the thermostat.

    Thanks for all the great feedback, folks! I'm going to check all the links provided, and place my order in the coming days.
     
  9. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Alexis, a misting system's effectiveness at lowering temperature is related to the water's ability to evaporate and absorb heat as it does - just like a swamp cooler or wet wall. That means that the effectiveness is more related to relative humidity than to temperature, per se.

    However, when you consider that air at 100°F can hold more water than it can at 90°F, for the same absolute humidity (lb H20/lb dry air), the 100° air will be at a lower relative humidity (lb H20/maximum possible lb H20), so the cooling effect will be greater than for air at 90°.

    In other words, if you see a 10° drop when the air is at 100°, expect to see less than a 10° drop when it's at 90°, all else being the same.
     
  10. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    :D