On this edition of the Sol-Lux 5, we will be focusing on the various benefits of all weather operation & temperature controls to maximize a homeowners comfort and control when it comes to solar powered awnings.
Welcome to another edition of the Sol-Lux 5. This time around I want to talk about the all-weather operation of the Sol-Lux Eos window awning. Obviously, we all think about how these awnings help keep the house cool in the summertime, but with this crazy cold snap that most of the country is experiencing right now, I thought it was a good reminder to talk about the all-weather operation. The awnings are designed to be smart enough to know when to extend and retract based off of 3 variables: Sunlight, Wind, and Temperature. This time around I want to focus on that temperature element and talk about how these awnings can be used even in the wintertime. By default, we ship the awnings with a minimum operable temperature of 40 degrees. That’s what the setting will be when you open up the app and connect to an awning for the very first time. What that means is, for automatic operation, the temperature has to be at least 4 degrees before it will check for sunlight levels and determine whether or not it should be extended or not. For example, here in the Denver area where I live, I’ve got the awnings on my home and I’ve adjusted that setting to be 65 degrees as a minimum. So that means that the awnings need to detect that it’s at least 65 degrees before it will check for sunlight to determine if they should open. That being said, you can still manually control the awnings all the way down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. My wife, for example, uses them all the time, even in the wintertime, if she’s getting a strong glare through the window while she’s trying to watch a TV show or something like that. She can open up the app and extend the awning even if it hasn’t reached my minimum temperature. Now something to note, is that the minimum operable temperature that you can set inside of the app is a minimum of 36 degrees Fahrenheit. You can manually control them down to 20 degrees, but that automatic operation will restrict it all the way down to 36 degrees. Let’s talk about the temperature icon on the home screen of the app. That is not air temperature. It’s a good reminder that that is the temperature that the cassette of the awning is detecting. So when it’s cold out, it’s going to closely match air temperature. But imagine as the sun is starting to warm that case up, it’s going to be dramatically different and quite a bit higher than the air temperature outside. That’s why during the summertime you’ll see a lot higher readings on that temperature output so just remember that difference there. A lot of our customers like to use these awnings in the rain. Perfectly acceptable, you can extend them in the rain. There’s not enough surface area there to really worry about sag or any issues with rain collection it just runs right off due to the pitch. But that’s great because then the customers can open up their windows and get that nice cool breeze coming in and the water is not going to come in the house because they’ve got that awning extended. That’s a great use of the awning as well. Other things to mention, is that we are just about to update the Sol-Lux mobile app so you’ll see an aesthetic difference in the app and some new features in there, so keep an eye out for that.
Hope that was helpful and a good reminder of the all-weather operation, we’ll see you next time!
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