Motorized shades are the ideal solution for Fort Smith, AR, homeowners overwhelmed by summer heat
It can be a challenge to keep yourself and your home at a reasonable temperature during the Arkansas summer. There’s nothing worse than coming home from work to an uncomfortably warm home, and seeing higher utility bills isn’t exactly pleasant, either.
What can you do to make your home more bearable in the summer and save some money? One option: Motorized shades. You may not believe something as innocuous as your shades could have an impact on the temperature in your way, but we’re here to show you otherwise. Here’s how motorized shades help Fort Smith, AR, homeowners cope with summer heatwaves.
One of the ways motorized blinds improve efficiency is with something called “daylight harvesting.” Daylight harvesting is a method of using the light that hits your home with maximum efficiency. In the summer, you keep your shades drawn as much as possible to minimize solar heat gain. Conversely, keep your shades open in the winter so the sun can warm your home instead of cranking the heat up.
You don’t have to do any of that work yourself. Your motorized shades can handle this process all by themselves. By setting up an automated schedule and/or installing heat and light sensors around your home, your shades can raise or lower themselves to harvest the available light as efficiently as possible.
The same goes for the angle of the shades, which leads to even greater efficiency gains. Once you’ve got the system up and running, it will go forever. You’ll never have to adjust your shades yourself again if you don’t want to.
Keeping your home better insulated is another way motorized shades help with energy costs. Nearly half of the average homeowner’s energy costs come from their HVAC system, according to the Department of Energy.
Motorized shades use more advanced fabrics and smarter designs than standard shades, which helps them mitigate heat gain in the summer much more efficiently. If your A/C system doesn’t have to work as hard, you’ll see significant savings over time.
SYSTEMS WORK SMARTER, TOGETHER
One other benefit of motorized shades: they’re very easy to integrate with other home automation systems. This leads to even greater benefits when these different systems combine their strengths.
One easy example of this synergy is lighting control. Integrating lighting control with your motorized shades lets you create custom presets and automated schedules. As we mentioned above, this helps you take better advantage of the available light. You can also lower your energy costs by using sensors to make sure only rooms that are occupied are being lit and cooled.
To learn more about motorized shades for your home, call us at (479) 365-2201. You can also contact us online through our contact form or by clicking the chat box below.