Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Opening And Closing Windows With Linear Actuators

Opening Window With Linear Actuator


It's becoming a fairly popular project to automate household windows. Using linear actuators is the most cost-effective and simple way to achieve this.

There are a lot of reasons that you may want to consider automating your home windows, skylights or vents.
  • To prevent your home from getting too cold at night
  • If it is in a difficult to reach spot
  • To keep bugs out at certain times of day
  • For noise abatement if you live near a railroad or airport
  • Just for fun!
Automating your home's windows, skylights or vents is a project that anybody can take on. With only a few basic tools you can create a system that will open windows with the push of a button, wireless remote or even on a timer switch.

Related article: Choosing The Correct Actuator For Your Application

If you're up for taking on a more difficult project, you can use an arduino board to control your actuator. This will open up dozens of new ways that you can control your actuator setup. You can use motion sensors, clap sensors, light sensors, voice command, bluetooth or other inputs to determine when your device opens and closes. This can be particularly useful if you're not home often.

We do not officially support arduino. We do however offer a few helpful resources here. The best place to go for arduino support are the arduino forums.

Step 1

Measure the distance that your window must travel, and select an appropriate actuator.

Our micro linear actuators are small and discreet, making them ideal for applications where you don't want a massive device in your face every time you go to your window

That said, our actuators have a maximum stroke of just under 12". This will be plenty for windows that swing up or out, but you may want more stroke for windows that slide. 

Step 2

Decide how much force and stroke you need and order the actuator and switching mechanism that you want to use. As mentioned above, this can be a simple button or rocker switch, a remote control or an arduino setup.

Step 3

Mount the actuator. Mount the device appropriately for the window you intend to open. Actuonix actuators come with a hardware mounting kit so you won't have to buy anything extra for mounting. Ensure that the actuator has space to move freely and not bind up at any point along it's travel path.

Step 4 

Wire up your switching mechanism according to the data sheet for the switch you're using. You are going to need a power source for this. For indoor applications, most customers use one of our DC power supplies rated at a voltage appropriate to your actuator, either 6V or 12V. 

Related Article: How To Make A DIY Remote Controlled Door Lock

This is one of many household tasks that can be automated using linear actuators.

If you have a project idea and need help choosing the best device to suit your needs, give us a shout via email or phone. Our dedicated sales professionals will be happy to help you choose the best product for you. If our products aren't the best fit for your application, we will always try to recommend another company that can help you out.

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