Weather Sensors for Retractable Awnings, Covers, Screens & Shutters

Weather Sensors For Your Shading Solutions at ERS Shading

Elevate your shading experience with weather sensors from ERS Shading. We offer a wide range of shading solutions in San Jose and the Silicon Valley region, including storm shutters, awnings, and security shutters. Our flexible financing options and concierge service make enhancing your home’s comfort and security easy. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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Why Choose Somfy Weather Sensors for Awnings, Solar Screens & Pergola Covers

Weather sensors are an excellent accessory for shading solutions, providing automatic control based on changing weather conditions. Whether detecting rain to automatically retract your retractable awning or sensing strong winds to close storm shutters, weather sensors ensure optimal performance and protection for your outdoor space. With weather sensors, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your shading solutions are always prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws their way.

Our retractable solar screens and retractable pergola covers can also take advantage of the sensors to roll up and be protected from inclement weather. Our team of platinum-certified Somfy experts can guide you to the best sensor automated solution for your lifestyle and usage!

It’s important to note that common sense should be the primary “sensor” of weather conditions.

The most common weather sensor configurations for our products are shown below:

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Retractable Awnings

Protection: Wind

Eolis 3D (wireless)

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Protection: Wind & Sun/Rain

Eolis 3D + Ondeis (wireless)

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Protection: Wind & Sun

Soliris 24V Kit (wired)

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retractable pergola cover wind sensor

Retractable Pergola Covers

Protection: Wind

Eolis 24V Kit (wired)

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Protection: Wind & Sun/Rain

Ondeis (wireless) & Eolis 24V Kit (wired)

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Protection: Wind & Sun

Soliris 24V Kit (wired)

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sun rain sensor for solar screens

Retractable Solar Screens

Protection: Wind

Eolis 24V Kit (wired)

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Protection: Wind & Sun/Rain

Ondeis (wireless) & Eolis 24V Kit (wired)

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Protection: Wind & Sun

Soliris 24V Kit (wired)

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retracting shutters

Exterior Rolling Shutters

Protection: Sun & Rain

Ondeis (wireless)

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Weather sensors are uncommon for shutters but can, technically, be utilized. Wind sensors are not needed for rolling shutters.

Detailed look into the 4 weather sensors we offer from Somfy:

Ondeis WireFree Rain Sensor

Ondeis

Usage: Rain & Sun
Ideal for:

Awnings, Shutters, Screens, Pergola Covers (should be utilized only in combination with additional Eolis Wind Sensor)


The Ondeis Wirefree RTS Rain and Sun Sensor retracts when rainfall or lack of sunlight exceeds user-selected thresholds. It can be used for all of our retractable shading products but only in combination with a wind sensor (Eolis 3D for awnings or the Eolis 24V Kit for pergola covers, shutters & solar screens).

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Eolis 3D

Usage: Wind
Ideal for:

Awnings


The Eolis 3D Wirefree RTS Automatic Wind Sensor is used only for retractable awnings. This awning wind sensor retracts awnings based on wind intensity through a motion sensor. It is an excellent peace-of-mind wind sensor for awnings that we strongly recommend.

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Eolis 24V Kit

Usage: Wind
Ideal for:

Screens, Pergola Covers


The Eolis 24V Kit is used for solar screens and pergola covers. It will retract the product based on wind intensity.

soliris sun wind sensor

Soliris 24V Kit

Usage: Wind & Sun
Ideal for:

Awnings, Screens, Pergola Covers


The Soliris RTS Sun and Wind Sensor, a wind sensor with sun detection, that is most suitable for our solar screens and pergola covers. They may also be used on our retractable awnings.

The Ondeis and Eolis sensors are our most popular and most recommended products.

Why Choose ERS Shading for Your Weather Sensors?

ERS Shading is your premier choice for weather sensors in San Jose and the Silicon Valley region. Our expert team will work with you to integrate weather sensors seamlessly into your shading systems, ensuring reliable and efficient operation. Here’s what one of our customers said about the experience:

“I’m very happy with ERS’s shades. They insulate my home very efficiently, block out urban light pollution altogether, and provide a sense of privacy and security. Any time I’ve had a question or needed help with the shades since the installation, ERS has been extremely helpful and accommodating.” — Zachary P.

With our commitment to quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction, you can trust ERS Shading to deliver weather sensors that enhance the functionality and convenience of your shading solutions. Plus, our flexible financing options, including Synchrony financing, make investing in your home’s comfort and security easy.

RTS: The Technology Behind the Weather Sensors

Radio Technology Somfy (RTS) is the platform, or brain, that enables homeowners to adjust motorized retractable awnings from anywhere inside or outside the home. Simply pressing a button on a remote control or wireless wall switch transmitsan omnidirectional radio wave signal that operates devices within a 65 foot range. Just like a garage door opener, the radio waves travel through walls, making control of motorized products easier than ever.

Somfy RTS provides a high performance, convenient and reliable solution for awning automation, eliminating the need for wiring between the motor and controls – and the need to push any buttons at all! With the radio receiver integratedwithin the motor, installation is quick and easy, making RTS the ultimate combination of luxury and performance.

Ondeis Rain & Sun Sensor

Ondeis WireFree Rain Sensor

Solar-powered and totally wireless, Ondeis Rain and Sun Sensors automatically retract awnings when it rains or extend them to keep cooling costs down when it’s sunny.

The rain and sun sensors also work in the same way for our retractable solar screens, retracting them in bad weather.

These sensors automatically respond to changes in the weather without any manual or remote activation required by the owner.

The Ondeis sensor detects moisture ranging from heavy fog to a downpour, and brightness ranging from heavy cloud cover to direct summer sun (0.5 klux to 50 klux).

Built-in potentiometers allow owners to set moisture and brightness thresholds anywhere in these ranges, along with actions to take in response. A homeowner can, for example, program the awning to extend during a light rain to protect patio furniturebut then to retract again in a downpour to prevent the awning from damage.

Ondeis sensors can be installed inconspicuously onto an outdoor wall, pole or gutter. They work with RTS motors and RTS receivers and provide 6 selectable modes of operation (for awnings, exterior screens or rolling shutters).

The solar cell requires only 10 minutes of direct sunlight to fully charge and no wiring or batteries are necessary!

For complete weather protection, the Ondeis Rain & Sun Sensor MUST be combined with the Eolis Wind Sensor. If the Ondeis is used without the wind sensor, the sun sensor may send the awning/screen out right into its doom on a sunny, yet stormy/rainy day!

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Inclement weather is detect and the pergola cover retracts to protect it from damage.

Eolis 3D Wind Sensor for Retractable Awnings

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The Eolis 3D awning wind sensor activates the motorized awning so that it retracts when wind gusts occur, minimizing damage. It detects horizontal, vertical and lateral movement and automatically retracts awnings according to pre-programmedconditions. The compact, battery-powered Eolis sensor is mounted to the end of the awning bar to optimize sensitivity to wind movements.

Just like the Ondeis, the Eolis is designed to work while the homeowner is away, providing comfort, convenience and peace of mind – once operation parameters are set, the awnings move automatically.

Eolis features intuitive, simple programming, an auto-save function that records settings if the sensor is removed and a built-in battery replacement alert.

The Eolis wind sensor is also available for our retractable solar screens and pergola covers with the Eolis 24V Kit model. This sensor is AC-powered and is required when utilizing the Ondeis sensor.

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8 Key Benefits of Somfy’s Weather Sensors

  • Protects retractable shading products from the elements, extends durability & return-on-investment
  • Wide range of customizable sensitivity settings to suit any environment
  • Wireless and wired options available
  • Easy to install, easy to customize & easy to operate
  • Better sun control means lower energy bills
  • Can group multiple products to be controlled by one sensor within range
  • The Somfy myLink app enables smart phone or tablet connectivity
  • The sensors are tiny & virtually unnoticeable (Eolis displayed below: 0.98” x 1.50” x 6.02”)

Exterior Shading Products Controlled by Somfy RTS

Somfy RTS wind, rain and sun sensors are available at European Rolling Shutters, the Bay Area’s exterior shading expert since 1983, located in south San Jose. They offer a selection of shading solutions in addition to retractable awnings that work with RTS sensors, including:

Product Exterior Rolling Shutters

Exterior Rolling Shutters

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Product Solar Screens

Solar Screens

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Product Rectractable Pergola Covers

Retractable Pergola Covers

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Product Rectractable Awnings

Retractable Awnings

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Product Markilux Awnings

Markilux Awnings

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