The introduction of home automation systems in to existing or new build homes are increasing globally year on year. In a recent report “Home Automation System Market by Protocol and Technology (Network and Wireless), Product (Lighting, Security and Access Control, HVAC and Entertainment Control), Software and Algorithm (Behavioral and Proactive), and Geography – Global Forecast to 2022”, it was estimated that the home automation market was worth just under $40 Billion (USD) in 2016, this figure is expected to reach close to $80 Billion by 2020.
With more and more of this smart technology being readily available and installed into dwellings there comes an opportunity to introduce passive ventilation by means of window automation. This can be controlled ultimately by the home automation systems such as Power line based, Wired & BUS cable (such as c-bus by clipsal) or Wireless (such as Z-wave, Zigbee, etc) . These systems can be integrated with window actuator control panels such as the NV-PSU to offer similar capabilities seen in commercial building management systems (BMS). The two main benefits of introducing automated windows into a domestic dwelling with home automation are:-
- Energy savings – The house can be cooled down during the early morning when ambient temperatures are cooler, postponing the requirement for the use of traditional air-conditioning in countries where that is common place, such as Australia. The air-conditioning system can be locked out or vise versa while the other system is in operation.
- Enhanced living environment – Fresh outside air is introduced through the home giving a healthier environment.
This type of system can be controlled by inputs from internal/external temperature, wind & Rain, CO2 sensors, along with 24/7 timers. All of this can be controlled remotely via Smart devices such as Android or Apple phones or tablets.
Window operation can be configured to operate as a single zone (all together) or multiple zones to give total control of ventilation through the home.