Smart homes are becoming the new standard - Are manufacturers changing with it - VELUX smart home.

Posted by Lawrie Fraser on 7th March 2023

Welcome to the world of smart homes, where even the roof windows are smarter than ever before! Today, we're going to talk about the ultimate home improvement hack - putting a VELUX in your smart home.

First of all, let's talk about what a VELUX is. It's a brand of skylight or roof window that can transform any room by letting in natural light and fresh air. And now, thanks to VELUX's innovative technology, these windows can be controlled with your voice, phone, or even your smartwatch.

Imagine waking up in the morning and saying, "Hey Siri, open my VELUX," and your roof window starts to let in the morning light. Or, picture yourself lying in bed at night and feeling a little too warm - no problem! Just grab your phone and use the VELUX app to open the window and let in a cool breeze.

But the fun doesn't stop there. With VELUX, you can also add blinds to your windows that are also smart home compatible. So, if you want to block out the midday sun or keep your bedroom dark for sleeping in, you can simply tell your smart home assistant to close the blinds for you.

And let's not forget about the energy savings. VELUX's smart technology can help you save money on your energy bills by automatically closing your windows when it's too hot or too cold outside. This means you don't have to worry about remembering to close the window before you leave the house, and you can rest easy knowing that you're not wasting any energy.

So, here is how to do it: 

VELUX active kit: 

The VELUX Active KIX 300 package works together with your VELUX INTEGRA® products.

  • Adjusts your VELUX electric or solar products automatically based on temperature, humidity and C02 levels with the use of smart sensors ensuring a healthy indoor climate.
  • Operate your VELUX electric or solar products anywhere with the free NETATMO app.
  • Works with Apple HomeKit which lets you use voice control (requires IOS 9.0 or later).
  • Automatically ventilate your home.
  • Smart heat protection.
  • A healthier home.

VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO will improve your indoor climate by using smart sensors which monitors temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels. Working in conjunction with your VELUX electric or solar products seamlessly, when you download the VELUX ACTIVE app (free from apple store/google play store) you'll be able to control your VELUX electric or solar windows easily using your smartphone. Both this kit and the app are required to install VELUX ACTIVE in your home.

Whats included:

  • 1 x Gateway
  • 1 x Indoor Climate Sensor
  • 1 x Departure Switch
  • 1 x Power Cable
  • 5 x Screws & 5 Dowels
  • 2 x Double-sided Tape Strips
  • Batteries (2xAAA & 3xAA)
  • Installation Guide

The gateway connects everything together as well as connecting to the internet via your wi-fi router. The sensor measures the temperature, humidity and C02 levels continuously. It's recommended to install one sensor for each room with VELUX Solar/Electiric products. The departure switch allows you open and close everything on your way in and out of your home. It's recommended to install one switch per exit.
Extra sensors can be purchased if you have more than one room with a VELUX solar/electric product or would like a departure switch for each exit door.

Are you VELUX ACTIVE ready? You need to have either electric or solar windows and/or blinds as well as the io-homecontrol® logo showing on your remote. If not you can upgrade your manual window to a solar one with a VELUX KSX conversion kit.

VELUX internet gateway: 

Control all your electric and solar powered VELUX products right from your phone. With a single swipe or group your electric or solar VELUX products to control them in groups. The VELUX app remote controls up to 200 products and can be used in several different rooms.

What does the VELUX app control work with?

  • Roof Windows
  • Shutters
  • Blinds

Want even more automation. View the VELUX Active Kit which allows you to have full climate comfort and control in your home. 

Smart Speakers:

VELUX centre pivot windows Smart home products are only compatible with Goggle Smart Systems and Apple Smart Systems. VELUX does not yet have connectivity with Amazon Alexa. 

So, if you're looking to add a little bit of fun and convenience to your smart home, consider putting a VELUX in your roof. It's the ultimate home improvement hack that will make you wonder how you ever lived without it!