Automating window treatments can save you money, make your home safer, and increased your home’s security. There are many benefits to automating window treatments, whether you are doing a full-scale remodeling of your home or you are just updating the window treatments in your home.
One benefit of automating window treatments is the convenience they offer. Automated window treatments can be opened and closed simply by using a button, a remote control, or an app on your smartphone. Window treatments help to lower solar gain and reduce heat loss in your home, so when opening and closing them is more convenient, you are more likely to remember to have them open and closed during the right times of the day.
Since automated window treatments can be automatically scheduled through smart technology to open and close at certain times each day, you can set this up and never have to think about it again. The ability to schedule the opening and closing times of your window treatments throughout the day also offers more security for your home, even when you’re away, because it makes it look as though someone is home all the time.
Another benefit of automating window treatments is the capability to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. You can connect your automated window treatments, smart thermostat, and sunlight sensors to a smart hub that enables the window treatments to react to readings from the sunlight and temperature sensors. Your automated window treatments will know when to close on summer days so that your HVAC system doesn’t have to run needlessly and when to open on winter days to let sun help keep the internal temperature of your home warm.
Automated window treatments can be integrated with other smart home technology, such as smart lighting, to allow the maximum amount of sunlight into your home, which can decrease overall energy use from artificial lighting. For example, you can set your smart lighting to turn off if your automated window treatments open and then to turn on when the automated window treatments close. This is very efficient way to manage lighting, especially if your family routinely forgets to turn out lights when they leave rooms.
Automated window treatments add a lot of extra insulation to your windows, even if they are not integrated into smart technology. The average R value (the capacity to resist heat flow) of a double pane window is 2.0. Adding automated window treatments such as cellular blinds or roller blinds can more than double the total R value, which will keep your home more comfortable all year long and will reduce your total energy costs. Adding motorized drapes will add a further insulating layer to your windows and will increase the overall R value even more.
Another benefit of automating window treatments is that this increases the safety of your home, especially if you have small children and pets. Because there are no cords to get tangled up in, your children and pets can play safely in any room in the house without causing you worry or concern. Additionally, automated window treatments may offer additional benefits in a smart home. Some window treatments can be connected to smartphone apps that will automatically open them if a fire is detected inside the home, which allows emergency personnel to be able to see inside.
If you’d like learn more about automating window treatments, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.