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Frequently Asked Questions

Manual window controls are in the main less expensive that electric window controls, but there are mitigating factors which can dictate the overall install cost.

Manual window openers are very flexible and easy to install and easy to operate. Call us today and we can advise the best solution for your current building and venting windows� logistics.

Yes, they are less expensive than electric window openers, but always weigh up the pros and cons before having an installation undertaken. The team at LJ Pratley are on hand to advise the best solution for your building layout.

lectric window controls can be integrated to smoke and/or other pollution detectors which would operate the windows or vents in the event of such an issue.

Like all mechanical systems, manual window controls will require routing preventative maintenance to ensure the smooth and efficient operation for which they are designed.

Of course, electric window controls are more expensive than manual window openers, but the cost is soon offset by the increased efficiency.

Electric window openers are supplied with battery powered back up in case there is a power failure.

Electric window controls can be set up and connected to smoke detectors, so, in the event of a fire, the electric window openers will be operated automatically.

Electric window controls can be connected to rain sensors so, if the weather turns, the windows will close once the rain sensors detect rain.

Small sensors set at the extremity of the open or closed window will cut the power when contact is made, thereby negating the risk of damage to the windows or the opener.

In manual window controls, a handle is turned by hand which drives a helical cable which terminates with a connection to the window or vent. The cable typically runs through a steel conduit which is attached to the wall. Electric window controls are operated from a panel, perhaps with a remote control, without the need for the connecting helical cable which is replaced by electrical cabling.

Depending on the number of windows to be operated, where they are located and where the operator handle will be installed, it can take anything from one day to a few days – or more, if the installation is in a large building or structure.

Manual window openers enable easy operation of vents or windows by remote control, by way of a handle and geared cabling or rods, the handle being in an easily accessible location.

A window actuator is another name for an electric windows control.

Both are one and the same, both are frequently used and are interchangeable when referring to the components which are responsible for controlling the movement of the window opening system or mechanism.
There are several potential solutions for remote electric window controls and openers, the best way to define which are most suitable is to have a window controls specialist undertake a survey of the property.

There are many solutions for electric window controls and electric window openers, so not an easy question to answer. Depending on the number of windows or vents, where they are located and where they will be operated from will dictate the logistics of the best system for your building. Contact our team today for more detailed information and solutions based on your specific requirements.

There are fewer manufactured components to install, there is no electric cabling, switches, sensors or motors to install, hence the lower installation costs.

If you have windows or vents positioned within a building or structure and they are not easily accessible, remote manual window openers enable simple operation from a single remote position which is more easily accessible.

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