VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO compatible with Apple® HomeKit™
Lets You Control Skylights with Siri® or The Apple Home app
TORONTO, July 11, 2018 /CNW/ - With rising use of smart-home technology to improve the way we live and increasing demand for products that improve home health, VELUX Skylights introduces a new skylight automation system that aims to improve indoor air quality and create a comfortable living environment.
VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO is the first smart skylight system that connects with Apple HomeKit, allowing homeowners to manage indoor climate control at home or remotely across all Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and HomePod. The system can be controlled using Siri, Apple's voice-controlled intelligent assistant, or with the touch of a button on the Apple Home app.
Homeowners can now control their new or existing VELUX Skylights, automatically opening the skylights two-to-three times daily to help remove stale, polluted air or adjusting the blinds to bring in or block natural light.
"VELUX ACTIVE takes the guess work out, it makes it easier to achieve a healthy and comfortable indoor climate," said Nels Moxness, president and CEO of VELUX Canada. "There is no longer a need to program or operate a remote control timer, it thinks for you, the system has the ability to recognize a need for fresh air and open the skylights automatically."
Smart sensor technology monitors CO2, humidity levels and temperature in the home and data from local weather stations to automatically open the skylights if fresh air is needed. The system can also automate skylight blinds.
In an average home, the pollutant level is normally at a low level when people first enter the home, or after effective ventilation. However, after an extended period of time, daily activities can raise the level of humidity and CO2 to unhealthy levels that can cause headaches, dizziness and sleepiness and can contribute to long-term health issues such as asthma due to mould in the home. Opening skylights in conjunction with vertical windows removes polluted air from the home and promotes an overall healthier lifestyle for the inhabitants.
The product introduction supports the growing desire for smart home technology and healthy living products in Canada. In fact, some projections show the number of connected homes will exceed 3.4 million by 2022.
It also taps into a desire by homeowners to improve their home's health. According to Health Canada, we spend a staggering 90% of our time indoors often forgetting to ventilate our homes. What's worse is how unaware Canadians are of how much time they spend indoors, with a recent study on The Indoor Generation by YouGov finding only 26% of Canadians believe they spend 21 hours or more inside.
VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO works with iOS and Android, so homeowners can manage and monitor their skylights across all Apple devices with the Apple Home app or VELUX ACTIVE's own app.
"VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO is the result of two stunning technologies: high standard VELUX skylights and Netatmo's know-how for creating simple and useful products and apps," said Fred Potter, founder and CEO of Netatmo. "By automating the opening, closing and shading of skylights, we can make a big difference and improve indoor climate so users don't have to worry about it."
Notes to editors
- We spend up to 90% of our time indoors (Health Canada and US EPA)
- 77% of consumers are unaware indoor air is more polluted than air outside (YouGov survey)
- Indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than air outside (US EPA)
- VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO includes an indoor climate sensor, departure switch and internet gateway. Compatible with VELUX INTEGRA® electrical and solar skylights
- The VELUX ACTIVE app is compatible with Apple® iPhones and Android smartphones
About VELUX Skylights
VELUX is the world leader in skylights and roof windows and is one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector. VELUX Canada products are available nationwide through home centers, building material suppliers, lumberyards and independent door, window or roofing retailers. Consumers can locate local suppliers and installers and access information on skylight selection and the benefits of bringing more natural light and fresh air into the home by visiting healthierhome.ca/velux.
Netatmo is a revolutionary smart home company that develops intuitive, beautifully designed consumer electronic products. Artificial intelligence is designed into all Netatmo's products and they are therefore, truly smart. The user experience is seamless, helping everyone create a safer, healthier and more comfortable home. Netatmo carefully designs the mechanics, electronics and embedded software of all its products to the highest standards. The mobile and web applications are designed to be simple to operate, yet deliver a rich user experience. Through its program "with Netatmo", Netatmo develops connected solutions with leading brands in the building industry to be integrated into residential home infrastructure, whether new-build or renovation.
SOURCE Velux Canada
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