Daylight Saving Time is almost here, with the time scheduled to “spring forward” at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. This annual time change means longer days — earlier sunrises and later sunsets — giving us more sunny hours to enjoy. While longer days are a relief after the dark, vitamin D-starved winter months, more sun also comes with its own challenges. Keep reading to learn how to adjust to the sunny season with shade control technology from three of our favorite brands.
Why Home Shade Control is Important
Shade control is one of the smartest home technology upgrades you can add to your home in 2022 no matter where you live, but it’s especially crucial here in Atlanta and the rest of the sunny Southeast. The amount and quality of light in your home can affect everything from your mood to your energy bill, so it’s key to creating a comfortable home environment.
Shade control helps you save energy.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows are a major source of energy loss in homes:
About 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through windows. In cooling seasons, about 76% of sunlight that falls on standard double-pane windows enters to become heat. Window coverings can help with this energy loss and lowering energy bills.
With energy prices and availability subject to so many factors, from the environmental to the geopolitical, it’s a great time to invest in home technology upgrades to make your home as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.
Shade control puts you in control.
Having “good light” is considered a universal selling point for homes, with many of today’s design trends focused on letting in plenty of natural light via windows, skylights, and doors. However, more light is not always better. What may be a perfectly lovely sunny window in the morning can turn into a sweltering oven in the afternoon, as many folks unfortunately discovered while working from home full-time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From UV exposure, to eye-straining glare, to uncomfortable heat, a lack of shade control can make areas of your home almost unbearable. Shade control lets you reclaim those areas by adjusting the amount of shade throughout the day to fit your preferences. Automated shades and window treatments also provide additional privacy and security.
Shade Control Technology from Our Favorite Brands
At BlueVision, we work with top home technology brands to bring the highest-possible quality and value to our customers’ home automation systems. When it comes to shade control, we are proud to partner with Crestron, Lutron, and Savant to bring you the best in automated shading for your home. These are just a few of our favorite shade control products from our featured brands, all of which are available in colors and finishes to fit the elegance and style of your home.
Crestron’s Quiet Motor Technology makes automated shades a subtle and seamless part of your home, allowing for silent operation and longer product life. The materials, workmanship, and operation of Crestron mounting hardware, shade fabrics, and QMT motors are all guaranteed by a limited warranty. Best of all, your Crestron automated shades can be integrated with the rest of your home automation technology and controlled via touch screens or your smartphone, allowing you to create the entertainment, climate, and security settings you prefer. Crestron roller shades, roman shades, drapery systems, and horizontal sheers provide unlimited options to fit the interior design style and practical needs of your home.
For a wide array of automated window treatment options, Lutron is another excellent choice, combining elegant style, energy savings, and precision control of your environment. In addition to roller shades, drapery systems, roman shades, and sheer horizontal blinds, Lutron also offers wood blinds, cable-guided shades, and tensioned shades, ensuring a solution to even the most unique home shading challenges.
For skylights, bottom-up, or angled windows, Lutron’s tensioned shades cannot be beat. These deceptively sleek shades reduce light leakage when closed while maximizing views when open. A variety of mounting options ensures that we can get the perfect fit for your home.
Of course, our roster of automated shading solutions would not be complete without one of the industry leaders in home automation, Savant. Savant’s intuitive app control and wide range of integrations means that you can create and schedule scenes to fit any need, from home entertainment to climate control. Savant motorized shades are sleek, elegant, and built to last. Custom design options, controls, and mounting hardware ensure a perfect match with your windows.
Get your home ready for the hot summer months and save energy along the way. Request a consultation online or visit our home technology showroom in Roswell to start your home automation journey with BlueVision.