Do you already have connected devices in your home? Somfy gives you compatibility with many of the biggest brands in your home. So you can stay connected, Somfy continues to push its smart home movement by opening up to the most important smart home products and automation systems: Amazon's Alexa, IFTTT, Control4 and more. The only limit will be your imagination!
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 sun light, maximizing the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
Here's a look at the benefits of smart blinds to help you decide whether they are a good fit for your home.
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Motorized blinds can be opened and closed simply by the touch of a button, a remote control, or an app on a smartphone/Tablet/IPad. 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. 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 efficiently 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.
As any parent or pet owner 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/pets. However, in a smart home, shades can also provide additional safety benefits.
By remotely controlling or setting a schedule that makes it look as if someone's home, smart blinds can help fool 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.
In conclusion compared to many retrofit or new-build energy-saving solutions, installing motorized blinds is a relatively inexpensive way to control solar gain and heat loss in a home. This makes them something any green builder or green homeowner should seriously consider. Additionally, the integration of smart technology increases the ability of motorized blinds to reduce energy use and is an excellent example of how the smart home can be put to good use helping protect your home and our planet.
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