If you’re intrigued by how automated window openers work and thinking about embarking on a project on your own be it in your home, greenhouse or any setting you deem suitable, well, there is good news and even better news. You’re now able to realize your project using electric linear actuators. Don’t let the name ‘electric’ scare you because setting up the opener is as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Why 12v actuators are the best solution for window opener
While a lot of window actuators may look alike, although the element of beauty is key, has no weight on the efficiency of their efficiency in delivering the desired results. Below are a few tips that will point you in the right direction to help you meet your expectations:
- The simplicity of their design allows for incorporation to suit your design needs reducing greatly maintenance costs;
- The 12v linear actuator rated IP66 is both water and air-resistant. This makes it ideal for use in severe weather conditions;
- They are quite silent during their opening and shutting operation. Manual window openers with chains are usually loud and can cause interference during classes when watching a movie or listening to music just to name a few. You won’t get this the 12v actuators which are designed to operate with the least amount of noise ridding out noise pollution. With a motorized window opener, the speed as to when opening or closing your window is largely enhanced thanks to a dedicated communication the control panel and the actuator enabling it to regulate speed;
- Its precision-control is exceptional. Just to give you feel of its accuracy’s range +/- 0.000315 inches and a repeatable range lower than +/-0.0000394 inches and its ability to function with just about every window that’s in the market today. Take for example the PA-13 which is an actuator to consider with a force of 3000lbs powerful enough to lift windows in an office, industrial, manufacturing setting, it’s noiseless, sleek and repeatable;
- A linear actuator’s flexibility gives you the end-user easy installation and set up to interface with your computer or portable device.
Advantages of Automatic Window Opener with Electric Linear Actuators
Currently, most industries and home setting are switching over to automated climate control systems not only for their benefit but also the benefit of the cleaner greener environment, energy efficiency, cost-cutting, and beauty. What makes an automatic window opener an exciting add-on to have either in your home, work or school setting?
- Since there’s no fossil fuel burned during usage, your safety and the safety of the other occupants is guaranteed since no toxic by-products are produced meaning its less detrimental both to your health and the environment
- It’s easy to install sensors to automatic openers to monitor CO2 levels enabling the ventilation system to regulate airflow. Temperature control and rain sensors can be used to open and close windows based on predefined temperatures. Smoke sensors can also be integrated into in the case of a fire to clear smoke through automated actuator vents on pathways and allow access for the firefighters;
- With innovation moving at lightning pace, it’s sought of boring not to have a smart home. Although such products are quite expensive, there are lots of cheaper options on the market today. Should you not have the funds to install an automated climate control system, you may consider getting yourself electric window openers. They might not be fancy but they serve their purpose;
- Automatic windows openers with linear actuators can efficiently work in areas where there isn’t air conditioning. They use natural ventilation to regulate temperature between the indoor and outdoor environment. A building with such a system effectively can dissipate hot air through vents lowering the temperature inside. Optimal ventilation is obtained by a smart system that’s automated closing and opening windows depending on climate factors in and out of the building. This is ideal for a busy production setting where constant temperature regulation like in labs where harmful gases that individuals shouldn’t breathe and in apartment block settings where there are lots of inhabitants;
- For lofts with skylights, a roof window opener can be useful to the disabled and/or elderly who don’t get to move a lot or bedridden to effectively open and close windows without secondary help since they are hard to reach.
Automatic Window Openers in action
So, how it works?
Demonstration of an automated sliding window opener basic upward movement. It’s a system that measures both indoor and outdoor temperatures and based on a user’s inputs, opens and closes. When the room is heated, the temperature sensor is activated opening the window. Do not that the temperature can be set to whichever number depending on what you deem comfortable.
DIY: Setting an automatic vent opener in a dome greenhouse using linear actuators. The actuators have great lifting strength and can tolerate strong winds. The set up is quite easy and can be modified depending on your particular dome window.
The video shows the opening and closing operation of a window using automated (2-wire) linear actuator with a Raspberry Pi and/or Arduino. What it depicts is the use of a microcontroller board to create a control box and various other components to make your window automated. The window’s opening and closing mechanism use a single linear actuator.
The Main Problem that could Occur when Choosing Automatic Window Opener
Actuators are the most susceptible part of an automated window opener set. It’s no secret that there are a lot of actuators currently in the market varying in quality and functionality. This correlates to the performance of the building, total cost and client satisfaction. The quality of an actuator is essential when opting to buy for whichever function it will perform. Its intelligence MUST be sublime because without it leads to substantial back and forth movement.
Here are some key pointers to drive you in the right direction when choosing an automated opener for your windows. You need to know:
- How much weight it will push;
- Where the electric actuators will be installed either outdoors or indoors;
- The type of window the openers will be fitted on – awning, hopper, louver dome or skylight, sliding or casement;
- Type of controller either one that operates dozens of windows simultaneously from a central control or one with a remote function;
- Low noise level
Many actuators don’t have pressure safety. Usually, actuators have varying closing force applied on two pieces of metal but, it’s irrelevant when a finger gets in-between those edges. An actuator should have the ability to detect a stuck object and prevent a window closing by calculating the amount of current drawn then reversing it to release the object/item. The pressure safety’s sensitivity SHOULD be adjustable because pressure safety is an element of its configuration and operation.
Switches and panels are other components that need not be overlooked because they bring a sense of security. They may come with one of the following:
- Smoke control panels, smoke alarms, smoke ventilation, fire fighter’s override, automated vents;
- Climate and temperature control panel with rain sensors;
- Anti-trap control to prevent your hands or fingers from getting crushed or stuck.
You might be asking yourself, who actually uses actuators? Well, just about everybody. From people who are looking a cheap and efficient home automation solution, automotive, marine, industrial and construction industries to the robotics sector.
Most of our clients and projects are large industries but, we also do have a healthy number of enthusiasts who “like to think out of the box.” Projects from them that have wowed and unique include secret escape doors, automated intelligent robots, and even a hidden-sliding ceiling TV. Choosing an automatic window opener using linear actuators shouldn’t be a hassle. Mini and industrial actuators are the most used in automated window settings and may be custom-made to suit your needs.
Each automatic window opener that uses linear actuators has both good and bad features that you must take into considering before choosing which is the right one for your project. Key features you ought to look for include reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions, good to excellent thermal control during summer and winter, and installation, maintenance and repair costs, safety features (pressure control) and ease of use if there is more than one person going to use the system where some aren’t tech savvy.
It’s important to choose a company that’s proven and well-known for you to obtain maximum results. If you aren’t savvy about windows, construction or have doubts, it’s always a good idea to consult with a couple of sources before making up your mind.