While motorized shades don’t get as much attention as the flashier components of a home automation system, they play an important role in energy efficiency, increasing overall security, and even enhancing your enjoyment of your home entertainment system.
Motorized shades, when properly integrated with a smart home control system, can help you to save a significant amount of money on your monthly energy bill. In Southern states such as Florida, and South Carolina, it’s possible to save as much as ten percent.
How does this work exactly?
By closing and opening shades at the appropriate time you can change the rate at which your house stores and releases heat. During the summer months closing shades during the brightest parts of the day reduces the amount of solar energy entering through your windows. It also reduces heat transfer through the windows themselves. This can have a dramatic impact on the internal temperature of your home. The result is that the air inside the house remains cooler with having to run the air conditioning as often.
In the winter months the shades can trap heat in your home during the night, and open to allow more sunlight in during daylight hours. The result is a significant energy savings.
Coastal homes in the Southeast get lots of sunshine. This is great when you want it, but it can be a nuisance when you’re trying to watch a movie or your favorite TV show. Integrating your motorized shades or blinds with your home entertainment system means that with the press of a button your TV turns on, the lights go down, and so do the shades.
This helps to reduce glare making your experience more enjoyable. This is especially important in home theaters where projectors and large screens can be significantly impacted by ambient light.
So many of us are used to waking up with an alarm clock. But our bodies are naturally designed to awaken with the appearance of daylight. An automated home can raise your shades at sunrise, or any time of your choosing. This means you can ditch the alarm clock and wake up the way nature intended.
Motorized blinds can be programmed to operate as though you are home, even when you’re on vacation or out of town on business. This can be a powerful deterrent to burglars looking for easy prey. Further integrating your shades and lighting system makes it even more convincing. Your home will emulate your routine even though you may be 1,000 miles away. At Innovative Sight & Sound we use Lutron shading products.
Lot’s of windows are great when you want to look out and see the beach. But what about when you would like more privacy? Those same windows offer strangers and neighbors a view right into your home. With an automated shading solution you can press a single button and create a more private space for you and your family.
If you’d like to learn more about how motorized shades and blinds can enhance your lifestyle, contact us today.