Protect Your Home and Save Energy with Motorized Shades
Many people consider installing motorized shades in their homes because of the increased convenience and comfort that the automation provides. However, motorized shades offer far more benefits than simply being able to adjust the natural lighting throughout your Naperville, IL home at the touch of a button. Below, we’ve covered three lesser known advantages that you can gain by investing in motorized shades.
Lower Your Energy Bill
An energy-efficient HVAC system isn’t the only way to save money on your energy bill. One of the biggest factors that impacts the temperature in your home is heat from the sun. When your windows are open, the sunlight comes in and raises the temperature within the room, causing your HVAC system to have to work harder to cool the space. The alternative is not to keep your shades shut 24/7—you want to be able to enjoy your outdoor views. Instead, smart home automation allows you to connect motorized shades and HVAC into one smart system.
The motorized shades will raise to allow light into the room, but when the integrated sensors indicate that the sun’s heat is too strong, the shades lower automatically, with no manual effort required. During the winter months, the same system allows your motorized shades to adjust intelligently to let in more sunlight to naturally heat your home.
Protect Your Furnishings
UV light can be very damaging to your furniture, especially the textiles throughout your home. The furnishings that are exposed to direct sunlight will fade, while the remaining décor will maintain its bright colors, causing your home’s interior design to suffer. To avoid fading or cracking from too much sunlight, sensors cause the motorized shades to lower when the sun is at its peak. You can also get special UV-resistant shades that allow light to enter the room without harming your furniture and décor.
Increase Home Security
One of the indicators that burglars look for in the perfect mark is a home that is unoccupied. Even with a home security system, it’s always a good idea to remove the temptation of an empty home. So how do motorized shades accomplish that? A smart shading system can be programmed with a “Vacation” scene that mimics the habits of normal, everyday use. While you’re in the Bahamas enjoying an extended vacation, your home still appears to be occupied. For an even more realistic appearance, you can integrate your motorized shades with lighting control, an audio/video system, and more so that even your neighbors will be fooled by the automation.
Motorized shades can add beauty, convenience, and comfort to your home, but that’s just the beginning of the advantages of smart home automation. To learn how Barrett’s Technology Solutions can handle every aspect of your smart home automation project, contact us today.