Smart, motorized shades can help control the solar gain and heat loss your home experiences naturally throughout the day simply by opening and closing at pre-programmed times. With the addition of smart home technology, the blinds can actually learn when they need to open and close based on temperature and sunlight, maximizing the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. Valeo Draperies & Interior offers smart blinds so you can benefit from home automation in Courtice, Ontario.
Here's a look at the benefits of smart blinds to help you decide whether they are a good fit for your home.
Motorized blinds can be opened and closed simply by touching a button, a remote control, or an app on a smartphone. Window coverings are a proven way to reduce solar gain and prevent heat loss, and if they are this easy to open and close, it's much more likely you'll remember to do so to benefit you and your environment. Additionally, the ability to set schedules to open and close them at specific times means you may never have to worry about them at all.
Connecting motorized blinds to a smart home hub can help minimize the amount of energy your HVAC system uses by allowing the blinds to react independently to readings from temperature and sunlight sensors also connected to the smart hub. Consequently, the blinds will actually know when to close during the hottest part of the day to reduce HVAC usage or whether to open during a sunny day in the winter to allow the sun to heat a room naturally.
Smart thermostats have a trove of data to use to determine whether opening or closing the smart blinds will help reduce energy use, such as what time of day it is, what the weather is like outside, and what the temperature is in the home. Using all these data points, the thermostat can sense a room is getting too hot and close the shades instead of turning on the air conditioning or do the reverse when it knows a room is cooler than it should be.
When paired with smart lighting, smart blinds can help maximize the amount of daylight in your home to cut down on electricity usage. For example, opening the blinds can trigger smart lighting to turn off, and vice versa.
Even without smarts, motorized blinds can add a significant insulation value to your windows. The traditional roller and honeycomb blinds offer an R-value of 4.3. (A typical double glazed window has an R-value of 2.0.) You can also get motorized drapes that will add an insulating layer to your windows.
As any parent will know, the lack of cords with motorized blinds is a major safety bonus—you won't have to worry about keeping them out of reach of your children. However, in a smart home, shades can also provide additional safety benefits. Lutron's shades will connect to Nest's Protect Smoke Alarm to automatically open them when a fire is detected inside, allowing emergency responders to see into the home.
By remotely controlling or setting a schedule that makes it look as if someone's home, smart blinds can help fool would-be burglars into thinking a home is occupied. Similarly, when connected to a smart home system, the blinds can shut when the occupants leave and open when they return, courtesy of geo-fencing and a smartphone.
Imagine a world where your window treatments adjust themselves automatically, creating the perfect room ambiance morning, noon and night. That’s the beauty of PowerView® Motorization—recipient of the 2018 Red Dot Design Award, the most coveted and prestigious designation in the world of design.
Just program PowerView® to move your window treatments to the exact position you want and then control and schedule them using the intuitive PowerView® App. You can also operate your PowerView® settings using the PowerView® Pebble® Control, or with voice commands using devices from Amazon.
The Remote Connect™ feature allows you to operate your shades from anywhere in the world using your mobile device.
Along with the added convenience of cordless operation, PowerView® Motorization creates a safer environment for homes with young children and pets.
Most PowerView® motorized window treatments are battery-powered, so they’re incredibly easy to install, operate and maintain. The battery pack is hidden behind the headrail so there’s nothing to mar the beauty of your window treatments.
In winter months, your home heating escapes to the outdoors through your windows while in the summertime, the outside heat flows into your home through these same windows. With window treatments that provide insulation, you can reduce energy consumption, save on heating and cooling costs, and create a more comfortable atmosphere.
Solar Heat Control
The warmth provided by the sun, its solar energy, may be desirable during the winter to help heat your home, but in the summer, it can make a room overly hot and uncomfortable—driving up air conditioning costs. Many Hunter Douglas window fashions help to control solar heat by allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer.
When Valeo Draperies & Interior opened its doors 50 years ago, no one could have imagined remote-controlled window treatments, let alone asking a virtual assistant like Alexa to open or close the blinds. Window treatments add the finishing touch to a space and over the years, trends have come and gone.
Valeo Draperies & Interior owes its longevity in this competitive industry to staying on top of trends and technologies. It has offered remote-controlled window coverings, for instance, for many years now, making it easy to open and close your blinds – especially on hard-to-reach windows. But you don’t have to be a techie to know voice control and home automation are the way of the future. You may already use the technology to turn on the lights, play music and change the temperature on the thermostat.
A growing number of window treatments manufacturers, including Hunter Douglas and Somfy Systems, have introduced voice control of motorized window coverings, allowing you to raise or lower or open or close your connected products with simple voice commands. Such coverings, available through Valeo Draperies & Interior, give you the ultimate control over your privacy and the amount of natural light you let into your home. They’re also cordless, which makes them much safer for children and pets. Best of all, you don’t have to sacrifice style for technology.
Valeo Draperies & Interior offers a large selection of window treatments in a wide variety of styles, shades, patterns and textures. Visit its showroom to find inspiration for window treatments for every room of your home. A convenient measuring guide on its website ensures your window treatments are an ideal fit. Valeo Draperies & Interior also offers complementary in-home design consultation and estimate services. The consultant will bring hundreds of samples, colors and ideas to your home, providing the ultimate custom window treatment service. Not only does an in-home consultation ensure window measurements are an exact fit, it allows you to choose your window treatments with confidence. Hold up color and fabric swatches next to your furnishings and walls to ensure your choice complement your décor perfectly and are also functional. Whether you shop in store or at home, your consultant will provide estimates for each option that interests you, ensuring you stay within your décor allowance. Professional installation and interior design assistance is also available.