See how this new light-powered wireless control can put an end to office thermostat wars

by Brianna Crandall — May 21, 2018 — There are said to be two constants in office environments: fluorescent lighting and inconsistent temperature control. Now, with a new product released by Titus, a global provider of air distribution products, one constant can greatly improve the other. The new Helios variable air volume (VAV) diffuser now has a solar-powered, wireless control. The Helios wireless control harnesses the power of indoor lighting or direct sunlight to personalize temperature control.

The wireless control includes a solar-powered wall sensor and plug-in postmaster, allowing Helios to be managed with quick and easy pushbutton pairing. One thermostat control can power up to 15 diffusers in a single zone. Pairing does not require line-of-site between the control and the diffusers, allowing greater flexibility in placement and design. Helios VAV diffuser and wireless control are equipped with a solar cell so, because they can be charged by 100 lumens of ambient light, they don’t require an outside power source, decreasing installation costs and improving energy efficiency.

The wireless control gives occupants digital accuracy to customize their comfort. Each diffuser in a zone can be individually controlled to provide the perfect level of comfort, improving employee efficiency as well as putting an end to office “thermostat wars.”

Mark Costello, product manager, Titus, pointed out:

With the introduction of the wireless control, occupants have convenient access to personalized temperature control. The Helios wireless control combines the simplicity of wireless installation, the cost savings of light-powered design and the accuracy of digital capabilities to increase a building’s energy efficiency, all while making it more comfortable for the space’s occupants.

The Helios VAV diffuser is the HVAC industry’s first digital diffuser that is powered by both ambient light and direct sunlight. The diffuser won the 2017 AHR EXPO Innovation Award for Ventilation; the new wireless control builds upon that innovation.

The Helios VAV diffuser and wireless control are suitable for office, healthcare, education and other applications where individual control is desired. Both can be used as retrofit installations.

For more information on the new Helios variable air volume (VAV) diffuser and the wireless controller or other air management products from Titus, visit the company’s website. Founded in 1946, Titus, an integral part of the Johnson Controls Building Efficiency division, provides air management products and design tools that include displacement ventilation, chilled beams, underfloor, grilles, diffusers, terminal units and fan coils as well as advanced training.