Posted by Allyson Miller on April 13, 2017

4 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Build a Smart Home


Homeowners want convenience.

They want to order their favorite movie or show right from their TV.

And if they knew this was an option, they would want to dim the lights and shut the blinds before the movie starts without ever leaving the comforts of the couch.

Smart homes are the new trend—and just about every newly constructed home has  smart-technology incorporated into it in some way, shape, or form.

But you don't have to be a technology-wizard or a guru of gadgets to make your customer's home considered "smart". All you need are VELUX "Fresh Air" skylights to get the job done.

We like to call these our smart products

Besides the wonder that a "Fresh Air" skylight can bring to a home, it can also add a layer of smart technology to the space. Just take a look:

Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylight 

As one of our top model skylights and a leader in smart-technology, this product brings luxury and sophistication to any space. Without depending on wires or manual cranks, we designed the skylight to charge its small, concealed battery by capturing available daylight (even on cloudy days). Homeowners can easily open and close their skylight with the intelligent-touch remote control.

But what makes this skylight truly ingenious? It has to be the rain sensor! No need to worry about inclement weather and an open skylight because this comes with a rain sensor that automatically closes the skylight when it detects bad weather.

Pretty cool—and definitely smart!

The Electric “Fresh Air” Skylight

Our next popular skylight might not have all the bells and whistles of the solar powered one, but it does offer convenience and smart-technology. This skylight provides great daylighting and refreshing options, since it can open and close with a touch of a button on the intelligent-touch remote. And just like the solar powered version, this skylight also automatically closes when there's rain.

Don't worry, we didn't forget to include the accessories

But we don't just have smart skylights, we also have pretty cool features included with it to make life that much easier.


Everyone loves skylights, but it can sometimes (like when watching a movie) you need to be able to control the sun, which is why blinds are such an important accessory to include with a skylight. We have three different types your customers can choose from: blackout, light filtering, and venetian. And did we mention, they can be open and close by using solar power? We thought of everything.

  • Blackout: Our double-pleated, blackout blinds provides the most shade and coverage—your customers can turn day into night if they wanted to.
  • Light Filtering: As a single-pleated blind, this light filtering accessory helps rid the space of a sun glares by softening and diffusing the light.
  • Venetian: Does your customer want blinds that complement the other sets of blinds in their home? No worries! Our venetian blinds are designed to control the light at varies settings.

But what all the blinds have in common, besides their smart technology, is the contribute to lessen your customer's energy bill and improving the energy efficiency of the skylights.

Intelligent-touch Remote Control
Included with every purchase of a solar or electric skylight is the intelligent-touch remote control powered by VELUX INTEGRA®. A simple to use and easily understood touch screen, this remote control gives your customers the power to program their skylight easier than it has ever been before.
So on your next job, try upgrading your customers to a skylight and accessories that will transform their home into a smart one.
And if you need anymore convincing about smart homes being the new trend, discover more at HGTV® Smart Home. As a sponsor of the 2016 HGTV® Smart Home, we continue our commitment to creating beautiful and sustainable designs that promote a healthy lifestyle.