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Thread: Would an AC unit help an outdoor GH here in Florida?

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    Would an AC unit help an outdoor GH here in Florida?

    I'm sure plenty of hobbyists have asked this question before but I wanted to know for sure before purchasing an AC unit. So I live in St Petersburg FL and day temps are 80s 90's most of the year. winter temps are random; some days going as low as 50 "rarely" & occasionally you get the below 50's but it doesn't last longer than a week. If I want to grow intermedia's do I need an AC Unit to bring temps down every night? Yes I'm investing on a misting system., humidty here in FL is not a problem if anything is too damn humid, lol. I'm planing on having a shade cloth. I'm buying a greenhouse & just want to know if I need to save more money for this unit before I add my nepenthes to the GH.

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    it would help if you can afford the electric

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    Thanks Mickey for the input Mickey! Yes I can afford it. I guess my real question is. is it a necessity for the intermedia's or would they adjust to higher night temps?
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    What your shooting for is a larger temp difference from day to night. More temp difference for UHLs, and less so for LL's.
    So for intermediates-HL think around upper 70*s -80*F during the day, with upper 50*s- low 60*s at night.

    If you need an AC unit to achieve something within' that range, then... .. .

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    Uffff! I'll see if I could manage that. Thanks Mass*
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    you can also use my idea that i've been toying with. Set the green house a couple feet in the ground. This will cool the house at night and during the day it will help keep the temp from skyrocketing.

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    Myles, really?
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    im not talking bout back filling against the greenhouse walls as that would be unsafe but a cinder block wall or poured cement with the greenhouse over it.

    The impact won't be that of an A/C but it will save you in electrical costs by running the A/C less often.

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