When choosing new window shades in Palo Alto, CA for your home, motorized window shades should be an option that you consider. Also known as smart window shades, these window coverings can make your home more secure, more private, and more energy efficient.
Most people who are building new homes, remodeling their existing homes, or simply updating the look and feel of the rooms in their home by using fresh paint, new furniture, new lighting, and new rugs should think about what will go on their windows as well. The main things to consider are the control of light, privacy, and ventilation, as well as enhancing the energy efficiency of existing or new windows (in the case of new home construction and home renovations).
Most of the heat that is lost from a home is through the windows of the home, and with the right window shades, you can not only add an additional layer of insulation, but you can maximize the amount of sunlight that comes in, especially during winter months, to keep your home warmer and to keep your HVAC system from working so much to keep the interior of your home comfortable.
With Hunter Douglas motorized window shades, you get energy efficiency year round because motorized window shades are able to help control heat loss and solar gain in your home throughout the day because they can be programmed to open and close automatically at certain times during the day. This lets you take advantage of heat when it’s needed and to keep that heat in during colder months, and to allow light in during the cool hours of the day, but keep the interior of the house cool during the hottest hours of the day during warmer months.
Motorized window shades offer you the convenience of ease of use, whether you are at home or somewhere using. When you’re at home, motorized window shades can be raised or lowered with the touch of a button. When you’re away from home, you can use your smartphone to lift and lower motorized shades any time you want during the day or at night. Using smart technology, you can also “set and forget” motorized window shades to open and close at specific times throughout the day.
Using smart technology that is linked with your heating and air conditioning system, motorized window shades can respond independently to internal temperature and sun sensors to know when to open and close during the day so the HVAC usage is minimized. A simple smart home hub links all these systems to create automated energy efficiency.
Motorized window shades from Hunter Douglas also can double the insulation of your windows. Cellular window shades and roller shades, for example, have an approximate R value (how much any material can resist heat flow) of 4.3, while double pane windows (windows with two panes of glass, separated by a layer filled with an inert gas such as argon or krypton) have an approximate R value of 2.0. The higher the R value is, the better insulation you’ll get.
Security is another major benefit of motorized window shades. With the ability to program motorized window shades to raise and lower throughout the day, as well as the ability to raise and lower them at any time using your smart phone, potential thieves will be thwarted because you can make it appear as though your home is occupied even when you and your family are not there.
If you’d like to learn more about motorized window shades in Palo Alto, CA, you can speak with our knowledgeable team at Windows & Beyond, Inc. You can visit our showroom at 4020 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303, or you can contact us at (650) 938-8822 for a free in-home estimate.