Some years ago, power windows were a feature found only on luxury cars. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find any production automobile that has the old style manual windows. You might think that motorized shades are somewhat of a non-essential luxury, but once you think through all the practical aspects, you will see why the benefits of motorized shades go far beyond the convenience factor - and we think they’ll be as prevalent as power windows in cars someday.
Perhaps the most important benefit of motorized blinds and shades is the energy efficiency they can bring to your Salt Lake City, UT, home. Let’s explore some scenarios to see how that happens.
The summers in Utah are sunny and warm. If all your window treatments are manual, you may not go around your house adjusting them all to control the sun streaming in, because you have other things to do. What happens? The heat from the sun builds in your house, and your HVAC system works harder to keep the house cool.
With motorized blinds, you don’t have to take the time to painstakingly adjust window shades all over the house. One touch on a keypad, an app on your smartphone, or a dedicated touch screen can lower all the shades on a sunny day as you leave the house.
But there’s more you can do with automation. When you link your motorized shades to a smart home system like Control4, a world of efficient possibilities opens. With smart thermostats, you can lower your shades and set the temperature at an eco-friendly setting while you're away.
Add smart lighting control to the mix, and your lights can also be intelligently managed for efficiency. Keep your house comfortable in the summer with automation you can set and forget. Put it on a schedule or tie it to your location based on your smartphone; the choice is yours.
Motorized shades can help with energy savings year-round, not just in summer. You can choose insulating materials from a vast array of fabrics and styles available. In winter, you can keep shades down on cold days to help keep heat inside and not seep out through windows. Additionally, a sunny winter day can help warm your interiors and add light that fights the winter blues. With automated blinds, you can adjust to the weather easily.
Just as you can use smart automation with lights and climate control for efficiency in hotter months, you can do the same in winter. If you want more light, adjust interior lights in accordance with sunlight in the winter months, saving on energy. On darker days, keeping your insulating shades down helps your heating system work less.
Moreover, these solutions are not binary. Some parts of your home may be colder than others, and some parts are more affected by the windows and exposure. The beauty of motorized blinds is in the precise control you can exercise over one window, a group, or the whole house, with either the touch of a control or a preprogrammed scene. You can even create seasonal automation based on the movement of the sun around your home!
There’s even more you can do with motorized blinds beyond energy efficiency. To learn more, we encourage you to set up a one-on-one consultation with our team. Just give us a call at (801) 444-3200, fill out our contact form, or chat with us below.