Keep Warm In The Winter With Motorized Shades
Summer is in the rear-view mirror, and it's time to start pulling out the long pants, sweaters, and jackets you're going to need for those chilly winter months here in the Kennebunk, Maine area. You’ll need to bundle up to stay warm when you’re outside, but you’ll want to shed your layers once you step into a home that doesn’t have any chilly spots.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 30 percent of a house’s heating energy is lost through windows. That means your climate control system has to work 30-percent harder to maintain a regular temperature, which increases your heating bills. Having window coverings diminish heat loss and motorized shades are an especially helpful way to keep your house regulated as winter settles in.
Read on to learn about the temperature-regulating benefits of motorized shades.
Create A Barrier
Whether you opt for shades, blinds, or drapes, the important part is that you create a barrier between the warm air inside and the cool air around your windows. Ideally, you want your window treatments fitted to the dimensions of your windows, but you want to leave a pocket of air between the window and the covering. Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, increase insulation by trapping air inside their individual cells, creating a layer of space between the room and the window. The more cells inside the honeycomb, the more insulation you have.
Automatically Adjust with The Temperature
The motorized aspect of automated shades is what really increases the temperature-regulating capabilities of your window treatments. With a smart home automation system, you can program your shades to stay up during times when your rooms get direct sunlight so that they are heated by nature. Conversely, they’ll then lower to keep that warmth inside in the evening.
Your motorized shades can work with your lighting and climate control systems to help keep your space at the right temperature, and these advantages also help in the warmer months. Your window treatments keep cool air in and lower to block out the sun and prevent heat gain, which also protects your interiors from damage due to long-term exposure to UV rays.
Check out our collection of Lutron instructional videos to see just how easy it is to adjust your motorized shades with a smart home control system. The video below features a room with two types of motorized window treatments, and the control system allows you to set how high or low your shades are (or if you have Venetian shades, how you can also change the direction of the slats).
Want to learn more about adding motorized shades to your home in the Kennebunk area? Reach out to one of our experts at (207) 985-9770 or by filling out our online form.