Why you should install and integrate motorized window coverings (sponsored by Somfy)
In the smart home, automated window coverings are an essential feature. For one, they can be lowered to keep the room cool when the summer sun is beating against the windows. For another, they can manage the amount of sunlight desired in a room. So the homeowner might like the room bright for conversation, but have the shades go down to avoid glare while watching TV.
Truthfully, motorized window coverings are cornerstones of both lighting control and energy management. They are directly tied to energy savings in the home because of their ability to control sunlight. They can open and close automatically even when the homeowner isn’t home when scheduled with timers. And they enable your client to easily control window coverings that might be difficult to reach or awkward to adjust manually. They also enhance the value of the home.
Motorized window coverings get at the heart of what you are providing your client. They can be controlled by the same automation systems that control entertainment, lights, HVAC and so on. They can even be made part of automation scenes, such as “Movie Time,” where the shades would go down, the temperature would be set, the video display and audio system would turn on, and the lights would be adjusted, all with a single button-press.
And it’s not just interior coverings… motorized solutions include exterior coverings like awnings or rolling shutters. And similar motors can be used for projection screens both inside and outside of the home, creating a fully automated smart home for your clients.
Don’t discount the “cool factor” of automating window coverings. Your clients will greatly enjoy experiencing one of the most tangible features of a smart home.
Perhaps most importantly for integrators, motorized window coverings represent a substantial profit opportunity. And they can help create and strengthen your relationships with interior designers.