Automated Windows are best for High Level Natural Ventilation

28 July 2016

Breezway Louvers in the living room

The fact that air rises as it heats up has been used for centuries as a way to draw fresh, cooler air into a building.

This is one of the prime reasons that double height voids and windows positioned close to the ceiling are common features of naturally comfortable homes.

Our Breezway Louver Windows are well suited to these applications for three reasons:

1. They remain fully functional even when using short and wide window shapes,
2. They maximize ventilation, and
3. They are one of the few window types which can be operated when out of reach.

Around 1 in 10 of the Breezway Altair Louver Windows that we manufacture and sell have Ring Handles which are specifically designed for clerestory windows which will be out of reach and will be opened and closed using a Map Rod. There are five good reasons to upgrade these windows to automated Powerlouver Windows.

Breezway Map Rod

1. The louver windows will be used more frequently.

Breezway Powerlouver Windows will be used far more frequently than Breezway Louver Windows with Ring Handles because opening or closing them only involves an effortless push of a button. When operated manual louvers, the Map Rod must be taken out, each set of blades must be opened or closed and then the Map Rod put away again. The benefits of those windows will be enjoyed far less frequently.

2. With intelligent control systems Powerlouver Windows can be opened and closed in anticipation of your needs, not in response to them.

Consider this scenario – imagine walking into a home that has been programmed to open up your Powerlouver Windows to cool the house naturally before arriving home from work. Or after dinner, relax on the couch and have your windows automatically close as the night air starts to cool – it’s a luxuray anyone would love to have. Powerlouvers can now be opened or closed by a temperature or timer setting when used in conjunction with Breezway’s Apptivate Control Unit and Powerlouver App (available from the App Store or Google Play).

Relaxing with Powerlouver windows

3. Powerlouver Windows can be easily operated by everyone.

Due to the need to line up the head of the Map Rod with the hole of the Ring Handle a few feet above your head, a measure of both fine motor skills and strength are required to open and close Breezway Windows with Ring Handles. This can be a challenge for young, aged or infirm family members. By contrast, touching or pushing a button to operate Breezway Powerlouver Windows is easy for everyone.

4. Louver windows without handles simply look better.

Because it’s difficult for a Map Rod to apply pressure to a Ring Handle in anything other than the vertical plane, Ring Handles need to protrude a bit further out from the window than other handle types do to provide some leverage. With no handles at all, Breezway Powerlouver Windows undeniably look sleeker, especially when the clips are color matched to the window frame.

Breezway Louvers in the living room

5. There is no need to store a Map Rod.

Map Rods are available from Breezway which extend in lengths from 78” to 136”. While not bulky, their length can make them a challenge to store unobtrusively.

As with many things in life, investing a little extra can result in a disproportionately large return of benefits and ease-of-use. Once you think it through, upgrading to Breezway Powerlouver Windows is definitely one of those good investments.

For more information on the Breezway Powerlouver Window please visit

You May Also Like…