Technology is transforming window coverings. The old shade models operated by pull cords and twirling wands are no longer the only choices you have for your home. New automation makes adjusting the window coverings as easy as pressing a button on a remote, using an app on your cellphone or voicing a command to your smart home system. If you’re building or remodeling your home, here’s three reasons why you need motorized window shades.
1. Energy Efficiency
Your windows are a big factor in the cost of heating or cooling your home. The U.S. Department of Energy advises 30% of a home’s heat is lost through the windows in the winter. Additionally, about 76% of sunlight on a standard window enters your home as heat. Made in the Shade Denver motorized window shades help you conserve energy because you can program them to automatically open and close in response to the season of the year. In the cooler months, naturally heat your home by setting the blinds to open in the morning on all the windows that get direct sunlight. Program all the blinds to close in the evening to allow the insulation in the shade to keep the heat in your rooms. Reverse this process in the warmer months, setting the shades to remain closed throughout the day on all windows that get sunlight and opening those that don’t. Increase your energy savings even more by installing motorized window coverings that are solar powered.
Motorized shades deter criminals by making your home look occupied, even when it’s not. Before you leave on vacation, program your window coverings to open and close at various times of the day. Working late at the office? Use your cellphone app to lower the shades. If your house is equipped with a smart home system, you can even integrate the shades to close when you leave for the day and open when you return.
Automated blinds are cordless which makes them a safer option for homes with small children or pets. If you have a smart home system that includes fire detection technology, your motorized shades can be included to automatically raise and allow emergency responders to see inside your home.
If you’re building or remodeling a home, the addition of motorized window coverings is a great investment. They will increase your home’s energy efficiency, add another layer of security and make it a safer place for everyone.