We may not quite be living in the future yet — but it sure is starting to feel like it! Today, homeowners are investing in all sorts of smart devices to make their homes smarter and more enjoyable. While sound systems and thermostats have garnered most of the attention as of late, one item that’s becoming increasingly popular are smart shades and blinds. Smart window treatments come in a number of designs and styles, all of which can be opened and closed using your mobile device.
So why are smart shades worth the investment? Here are some surprising ways in which these futuristic blinds can make your life easier and pay for themselves over time.
When it comes to controlling the temperature of your home, blinds can play a bigger role than you might think. Closing your window shades during the hottest hours of the day during the summer months can help keep your home cooler — and your AC bill lower. Likewise, opening shades to let sunlight in can warm your home during winter, while closing them at night provides added insulation to keep your house cozy. By setting smart shades on a timer or using a sensor, you can save energy without having to give it any thought at all.
Just like with all smart home devices, one of the biggest perks is convenience. Instead of opening and closing blinds manually, you can do it with the touch of a button from anywhere. Even better, set blinds on a timer to fit your schedule and have the work done for you with no effort at all.
Having your blinds on a timer is a great way to make it look like you are home even if you aren’t. If you’re planning on being out of town on vacation, smart blinds can be a great way to protect against possible intruders. While smart blinds won’t physically prevent anyone from breaking into you home (they’re not that sophisticated yet), they can dissuade potential intruders by making them think that your house is occupied — even while you’re lounging on the beach!
We love natural light, but direct sunlight can be damaging to furniture, artwork, and even wall paint. By paying attention to where direct beams of light land in your home, you can adjust your smart blinds to protect your belongings during the brightest hours of the day. This allows you to enjoy natural sunlight without the risk of a faded streak across your couch.
Finding a Qualified Home Automation Specialist
If you’d like to give smart shades (or any smart home device) a try — but aren’t sure where to start — consider hiring a home automation specialist. Someone who’s an expert in smart home devices will be able to recommend the best product for your home and lifestyle, complete the installation process, and be on call to troubleshoot if something goes wrong. By putting in the extra effort up front, you’ll get the most out of your home automation technology both now and in the future.