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RollerTrol Automation Systems
I have a clerestory with 14 windows that are about 48" wide x 18" tall. The middle two on the front and back are awning type operable and I'd like to make these motorized and connect them and the ceiling fan to the upstairs thermostat (Ecobee or WiserAir) and also have the ability to open them via a remote control. They need not be operated separately. One signal would open & close all four.
I have a few questions about parts and wiring to accomplish this.
Does the kit come with a 120VAC - 12VDC transformer?- Yes.
I assume the window kit is an actuator plus a motor controller. Is that right and would I then need one kit, three more add-on acuators and one remote?- Yes that is correct, and we will up-size the power supply for you to 8 amps
Do I simply wire all four actuators in parallel to the one motor controller?- Yes, that is correct, the controller (receiver) that comes with the kit can handle all 4 actuators.
Here are the general instructions for the remote control setup for the window opener:
Is it possible to connect the motor controller to my thermostat's A/C circuit? (The house has no A/C, only FAU heat).- You can't really do that directly, without designing some custom circuitry, but you could use that thermostat relay signal as a trigger input to a home automation unit such as Vera or Smart Things. We have a group transmitter module that can be operated with 3 relays re open/close/stop. You would need to have a relay module of some kind to act as a trigger for the group transmitter. We also have a Z-Wave trigger module that can be used to do this, if you use a hub that supports z-wave. Here's an article we wrote about how to do it:
The above discusses the system used with our roller shade motors, but the principle is the same (reversing DC motors).
If I also want to trigger the windows to open when the kitchen stove vent is turned on (it has a trigger output), are there any other parts needed?As above, you could use your automation hub to do this, but it is not a trivial undertaking ...