In 2016, the Danish manufacturer of roof windows, VELUX, announced a collaboration with Apple. This collaboration should lead to the Velux product being compatible with HomeKit. In July 2018, VELUX ACTIVE was available to control VELUX roof windows, roller shutters and sun protection systems.
As owners of countless VELUX Integra roof windows combined with solar panels, we had long wanted a more innovative solution. The originally included disappointing remote controls to open the windows, so our expectations were relatively high when we ordered the VELUX ACTIVE kit.
Velux - installation
Unfortunately, the installation is not very user-friendly, but it is better than the previous KLR 200 Control Pad. The Apple iOs application often hangs or does not find windows at all. It is nice that Siri also works with the Homekit and the Apple Watch. The best thing about the whole thing is that we can now remotely operate or lock the windows.
Unboxing the product shows the following components:
The Climate Sensor will measure temperature, humidity and CO2. There are also switches to manually open or close the VELUX windows, roller shutters and sunscreens.
The Departure Switch is used for manually securing the VELUX windows, roller shutters and sunscreens. The same function is available in the app.
The gateway connects wirelessly to the internet and allows operation outside the local network.
Due to Velux’s quasi-monopoly on roof windows, the company has to be inventive, which can take time. While other companies have already been mixing up the market for years with similar intelligent home solutions, it takes longer with Velux. This complaint also includes their customer service, which relies on telephone calls or even sends letters (!) instead of e-mails.
We are happy that we can now operate the windows from anywhere. Still, we would like a more straightforward operation, cheaper pricing and better advice about the functionality.
We have arrived at the age of Metaverse, and Velux might like to hire some technology geeks to launch Velux 2.0 with their insanely good roof windows.