02 May 2018

Is It Possible To Control Awnings Via Remote?

by John Fulton

Whilst many people enjoy the shade and shelter that awnings provide, they don’t relish struggling to get them opened and closed all the time. Trying to force it closed in the wind before a storm sets in is the last thing that anyone wants to be doing, after all. This has led many people to question whether there’s another way, an easier way – is it possible to control awnings using a remote control? The answer to this question is yes.

Remote Controls

Generally speaking, there are two types of remote that can be used to operate your awnings:

  • Hand Held
    This device often resembles a television or air conditioning remote and is loose, which means it can be stowed away in a drawer or left on a table when not in use. They are often selected for their ability to be hidden, which can give the room a streamlined look.
  • Wall Mounted
    If you’re concerned about losing the remote, a wall mounted device might be the better option. They are often mounted on the wall next to the window or near the light switch, the choice is yours. These devices often resemble their hand held counterparts.


What if you can’t be bothered with opening and closing the awnings at all? These days, timers are also available that allow you to program a desired opening and closing time. Most devices allow you to pre-program one UP time and one DOWN time per day. Individual times can be set for each day of the week, times can be grouped (usually Monday to Friday and Saturday to Sunday) or the same time can be programmed for each day of the week.


Your awnings can also be fitted with sensors, which are designed to activate when they sense a particular weather event:

  • Wind
    These sensors are designed to offer your awning protection in the case of damaging winds. It is mounted on the façade above the window and measures the shade’s movement. Once the wind reaches the speed you have pre-set, it deactivates the shade until conditions change.
  • Sun & Wind
    This is a combined sensor that measures both the level of sun as well as the level of wind. The sun sensor is designed to bring the awning out when the sun starts to hit your windows, whilst the wind sensor will cause them to detract to avoid damage.
  • Rain
    If you’re concerned about heavy rains damaging your awning, then one of these sensors could be fitted. This is generally not a problem unless you regularly see severe storms. They will ensure that the shade is retracted should they have been left out when it starts to rain.


As you can see from the list above, there are actually a number of remote control, timer and sensor options when it comes to awnings. If you have taken the time to select one that best meets your lifestyle, you will find them an easy and convenient way to keep your windows sheltered when desired. Motorised awnings will actually offer a number of additional benefits, too – such as improved security and a suitability for second storeys.