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5 Reasons Smart Shades are the Smart Choice for Your Home

Smart Shades

We’ve all seen it in TV shows and movies – a luxurious apartment or hotel where the blinds rise automatically as our protagonist is gently woken by the morning sunlight. Sure, that seems like a great way to wake up, but smart shades are much more than a gentle alarm clock.

1. Safety

Properly installed smart shades provide safety features to help keep your children and pets safe. There are no dangling cords to get hung up on, so don’t have to worry about your little ones hurting themselves by getting snagged. This also provides a much cleaner look to compliment your interior design.

2. Comfort

Your smart shades can integrated with your other smart home features and automatically adjust to provide the perfect light levels in your home. You can also control them with the touch of a finger or the sound of your voice. We’ve all experienced the sun suddenly blasting through the window and distracting us from our favorite show or game. With smart shades, you can correct this without even leaving your spot on the couch!

3. Energy Savings

Smart shades can double the insulating value of your windows. You don’t need to make sure you are opening and closing them to maximize your energy efficiency, we can configure them to do the work for you. Your shades can integrate with the rest of your smart home features to deliver real savings on your energy bills.

4. Security

Your smart shades can help you to increase the security of your home in a number of ways. Your shades can close as soon as you leave your home and open when you arrive. They can also be opened and closed remotely, and scare away potential criminals who may be approaching or staking out your home. You never have to appear to be away from home again!

5. Smart Home Integration

All of these benefits can be made even greater when your smart shades are integrated into a full smart home system. We have the knowledge and expertise to help make your home into the home of the future. It doesn’t need to be overwhelming or confusing. Contact us today and we will explain how we can help make your home start working for you, we can even create a custom wake-up scene like the one above!

 

 

Wherever you go… Keep your home safe

Heading out for your summer vacation in the next few months? Many people are, and because of this well-known tradition, summer time tends to make criminals a little more daring. But you don’t have to let the prospect of a home break-in worry you while you’re trying to relax on vacation. We can help you select and customize a home security system that you can control from your phone. In addition to a security system, we can also help you set up smart home features that allow you to control your lights and even your window shades from, you guessed it, your phone. Setting your lights up on a timer or controlling them on the fly while you’re gone can help keep up the pretense that your home is occupied while you’re gone. These steps may seem complicated and time-consuming, but in most cases we can do the installation and train you how to use your new automated home features in less than a day. Keep your family and your home safe no matter where you are.

More Home Safety Tips While You Are Away

A Home security system will give you peace of mind while you’re away, but don’t forget these additional measures to keep your home protected.

  • Stop the Mail

    An overflowing mailbox is a clear sign that no one’s home. And when no one’s home, the thieves may strike. You can stop your mail service for the time you will be away online here. It’s incredibly easy. You can stop your mail for any amount of time up to 30 days and your mail carrier will deliver your mail in one bundle upon your return.

  • Beware of Social Media

    Be careful what you post on your social media profiles. You might even wish to wait until you return to post all of your vacation selfies. Posting your vacation photos in real time lets people know that you’re not home and not expected home for at least a few days. This makes your home a prime target for thieves and burglars.

  • Have Someone Mow the Lawn

    Much like a pile of mail overflowing in your mailbox signals to those with ill intent that you aren’t home, an overgrown lawn is also a hint that you’re away. If you’re going to be gone for more than a week, it’s wise to ask a neighbor or pay someone to mow your lawn in your absence to keep up the look of an occupied home.

  • Lock Everything

    This seems like common sense, but be sure to lock every access point to your home. That includes your garage door, back door, and any crawl space entries. And don’t forget to lock all of your windows, too.