Linear Actuators for Remote Windows Opening


Technology has grown tremendously in the last decade. It has pervaded each and every area of almost everyone’s daily life. Everything is now either connected to tablets or personal cell phones. This makes for easier remote access from almost anywhere. Most homes are now automated both for convenience and aesthetics. Thermostats, lighting, mood music, sprinklers and even pet feeding can be controlled from the click of a button.

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There are even robots which can clean the floor and the pool especially in the absence of the home owners. With all these developments in technology, it is very easy to forget about the basics. It is very easy to concentrate on buying the newest and greenest of bulbs instead of installing a skylight. It is easy to invest in beautiful blinds and air conditioners and completely forget opening windows or constructing them as awnings and slide shutters. This article seeks to remind readers that it is important to take care of the basic details first before going all out. One might claim that they do not want movable windows due to security reasons. According to, the solution to this is to install the actuators and linear motion sensors to make the windows motional but board up the space in a way that light will still get in.



In making the windows or skylights movable, one has to invest in good actuators and torsion springs among other things. The good thing is with the right materials one can either do the installations themselves or hire a professional. For skylights, it is probably best to hire a professional though. What with them being overhead and all? When one is installing skylights, one uses actuators and counterweights, torsion springs or gas shocks. This is because skylights are heavy and actuators alone would not be as efficient. Most actuators can handle up to 20lbs (about ten kilograms) but not more. The best combination is normally actuators and counterweights as the force of opening the skylight is greatly reduced. One can then let the system be manual or automate it with the Wi-Fi or connected android app link such that the skylight opens at a click of a button. In automating windows one can use the linear chain actuators. These are installed on the window frame using mounting screws. One can then use a flex link to be able to control the motion of greenhouse vents, windows and skylights . When installing the flex link it is important to ensure that any preexisting mechanism is uninstalled first. This means that the window should not be fixed. It is applicable on all window types be it casement windows, single hung, hoppers, awnings, slide windows or even skylights. To completely automate the windows one can also install Roller Node controllers which imbue the units with multichannel remotes. As much as the systems are absolutely safe due to the small voltages they use, 12vts to be exact, it is important to protect against accidents like unhinged windows or crushed fingers. The former can be guarded against through hiring an expert installation team. The later can also be prevented through child guards or installation of insect screens. These motorized actuators and associated devices are highly efficient, safe and unobtrusive on the overall window or skylight design. They should therefore be a prerequisite when considering general lighting in home automation.