Roller shutter control in the Smart Home – what is possible?

Roller shutter control in the Smart Home

Roller shutters that close or open automatically during the absence of the occupants at flexible times have many advantages. When the storm is looming, can the shutters be lowered from a distance? Increase safety during your holiday by simulating your presence? With Smart Home capable roller shutter controls this is no longer a dream of the future. Regardless of whether the roller shutters are operated manually with a belt strap or whether roller shutter motors are used. We show you the possibilities of smart shutter control and how you can save Smart Home residents time and money.

This is what smart roller shutter control is all about

The control of roller shutters by timer has been around for quite some time. Relatively new are the roller shutters as part of the Smart Home. The individual roller shutters are networked with each other and can also be networked with other devices in the Smart Home via a hub or a base station. Residents control their roller shutters via an app, via radio remote control or manually via invisible flush-mounted switches such as the automatic flush-mounted roller shutter control from devolo Home Control or innogy.

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Greater convenience for Smart Home residents with automatic roller shutter control

Anyone who has to pull his roller shutters up and down by hand in the mornings and evenings knows that this costs time and effort. Time that you can spend on more beautiful things when the shutters are operated automatically. Smart Home residents only have to set how they want their shutters to operate. The shutters then move up and down automatically.

Those who like to be woken up by the sun in the early morning can, for example, set their smart roller shutter control so that the blinds open at the same time as the alarm clock. Especially in summer, you can start the day more relaxed and balanced. Of course, the timers can also be programmed so that they can only open the roller shutters later at weekends and allow the residents to sleep in.

If you wake up before the roller shutter opening hours, you can also open the darkeners manually by smartphone or tablet. Who lives in a house with many rooms, the roll shops can summarize also in groups and brighten or darken so different rooms individually. For example, the bedroom can be flooded with light earlier than the living room.

Roller shutter control in the Smart Home: save costs and increase safety

By networking with temperature, brightness, weather sensors, an smart roller shutter control helps to save costs. For example, residents can automatically lower the shutters in the Smart Home when the temperature exceeds or falls below a set temperature, keeping the apartment cool in summer and providing additional window insulation in winter. This saves energy. In summer for air conditioning and in winter for heating. If, for example, you have linked your roller shutter control to a weather station, this can detect storms and automatically lower the roller shutters to protect the windows and retract the awnings so that they are not destroyed in bad weather.

smart roller shutter control also increases protection against burglars. In the event of prolonged absence, the Smart Home can open and close the shutters at random times, for example, to simulate presence and deter potential burglars. In front of doors, however, the roller shutters should generally be closed when the occupants are absent, as burglars like to lever them open to enter the house. If other devices such as motion detectors and alarm systems are networked with the roller shutters, they can automatically shut down in the event of an alarm, thus creating an additional barrier against unwanted intrusion and deterring the burglar.

Roller shutter control in the Smart Home: electric belt winders

The electric belt winder takes up the principle of the manual belt winding process. Instead of muscle power, however, the webbing is operated by an electric motor installed in the belt winder. Optically, the difference between manual and electric belt winders is not big, only the control buttons indicate the automation of the roller shutter control. As with the manual version, there are also electric belt winders for surface or flush-mounted installation. Here structural conditions or the taste of the inhabitants decide. Usually the electric belt winders can be installed without great effort.

Before purchasing an electric belt winder, it is important to ensure that the belt winder fits the roller shutter to be controlled and, very importantly, the belt. It is important that the belt thickness and belt length are matched to the winding capacity of the electric belt winder. Too long roller shutter belts can damage the electric belt winders. Equally important are the width of the roller shutter belt and the maximum tractive force of the belt winder. The tensile force should be selected too high rather than too low.

The roller shutter controls become really smart through the control option via smartphone and the connection with sensors. Manufacturer Schellenberg, for example, offers a sun and twilight function. This automatically closes the roller shutters in strong sunlight or at dusk. A compatible light intensity sensor is required. One step further is the roller shutter control with Magenta SmartHome. For example, it is compatible with the Netatmo weather station, which measures the current indoor and outdoor temperature. If the Smart Home resident detects that the room temperature is too high, he can simply close the shutters with the Magenta SmartHome App (Android | iOS) while on the move, thus ensuring that the home does not heat up so much.

A joint project between Rademacher and Jarolift offers the opportunity to get into the automated roller shutter control system at low cost. The Jaromat Classic is an electric belt winder with a pull weight of up to 30 kilograms. The TÜV-tested belt winder is already available in online shops from approx. 105 euros, but does not have an app connection.

Roller shutter control in the Smart Home: Roller shutter motor

The roller shutter motor is somewhat more complex than the electric belt winder in the installation because it is mounted directly in the roller shutter box. Roller shutter motors have more pulling power and are best suited for heavier roller shutters of shop windows, panorama windows or glass fronts. Roller shutter motors are installed invisibly in the roller shutter boxes and wind up the roller shutter armour there.

Roller shutter motors can also be remote controlled via radio. For example, with the Home Control roller shutter control from devolo. The user himself decides whether he wants to control the roller shutters via app, time control or a central wall switch. The devolo Home Control flush-mounted solution, for example, controls roller shutters, blinds and awnings up to 900 watts and enables the setting of individually desired scenarios such as presence simulation or waking up. It is also possible to combine several devolo roller shutter controls into a group and then control them synchronously. The system is compatible with the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant language assistants and can be combined with other devolo Home Control modules. The devolo modules communicate in the Z-Wave radio standard. Smart Home enthusiasts can also integrate additional sensors (e.g. light sensors) into the devolo system, with which the roller shutter control can be automated according to individual preferences.

Roller shutter control in the Smart Home: with timers

If you don’t want to control your roller shutters via app or hub, but still don’t want to do without the comfort of automated roller shutters, a roller shutter control via timer is suitable for you. In order to open or close the roller shutters at the desired time, an appropriate motor is required. This can be either an electric belt winder or a roller shutter motor.

When buying a timer for roller shutters, you should make sure that the timer has the basic functions such as daily program, weekly program, random generator and the option to switch off the automatic function. If you are willing to invest a little more, you can also look forward to additional functions. For example, there are timers with frost protection, light sensor, radio control, blocking detection and group operation of several roller shutters.

Daily and weekly programs of a timer for the roller shutter control are practical for setting daily routines. For example, users can have the roller shutters automatically raised in the morning to get up. The random generator is different. It proves to be particularly practical when the residents are not at home. During the holiday season, for example, it is possible to simulate one’s own presence in order to keep burglars away. Light and brightness sensors are also practical. If the sunlight becomes too intense, the roller shutters automatically move into a pre-programmed position that provides cooling shade.

Regardless of which type of automated roller shutter control is chosen, at least one blocking detection should always be integrated in the system, as the roller shutter can be damaged if it is not stopped during blocking or, in the worst case, can cause damage to people.

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