Many people don’t give much thought to their window shades beyond the fabric or material. But as smart home integrators, we’ve found that motorized roller shades are some of the most valuable and convenient features to add to any home.
Imagine in every window across your house, shades rising and lowering simultaneously. Not only will it save you time each morning and night, but you can cover hard-to-reach windows high on walls and ceilings and even automate floor-to-ceiling drapery. Even if you’re away from home, you can remotely control and adjust window shades from your Lutron lighting or Control4 smart home app.
Curious about motorized shades? Here are seven times a day you can automate your shades to help around your Park City, UT house.
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What if the sunrise could be your wake-up call? Natural light enhances our moods and energy, and we all know how difficult it can be to wake in a dimly lit room. On your phone or tablet, you can program motorized shades to rise at your preferred wake-up time and start the day with sunshine.
Did you know motorized shades can help beat the heat, too? We can integrate heat or light sensors into your shading system to tell shades to roll down when the sun strikes. This will block out harsh sun rays and keep rooms dark and cool, so you don’t have to lower the AC dial.
On the other end of the calendar, in winter, motorized shades can add insulation between the window and room. Lutron’s honeycomb shades include air pockets to provide insulation. And when the sun is its highest, shades can open on their own to let the warm sun in.
We often don’t realize our artworks, photographs, and furniture fabrics have been faded by the sun until it’s too late. Luckily, motorized shades can prevent fading. Once UV rays strike a window, light sensors will prompt shades to lower. And when the sun passes, Lutron shades quietly rise again.
If you’re working in the home office, you can eliminate irritating glare on your computer screen by tapping a button and telling shades to lower. Like other solutions, light sensors can prompt shades to descend when the sun cuts across the room.
Home theaters usually don’t include windows in order to create a pitch-black atmosphere. But if your media room or home theater has windows, have no fear. You can instantly remove ambient light with blackout motorized shades that lower through one press of a button.
Ready for bedtime? Even if you have floor-to-ceiling windows, you can still enjoy privacy from the neighbors by easily activating your motorized shades. Tap a button on the wall labeled ‘Night,’ and your shades will descend while lights dim. Or you can schedule shades to activate automatically, so at 10 p.m., window treatments close on their own.
If you’re interested in motorized shades and other smart lighting solutions in the Park City area, let us be your guide. Contact Ratio AV for a free consultation and learn more about our smart home installations.
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