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Motorized Window Shades

Monday, December 28, 2015 3:03:30 PM CST6CDT

How smart are they?

The 1989 movie “Back to the Future 2” depicted life in 2015, but how accurate was it? Drones, automation and biometric identification are increasingly a part of our lives today. They got that right. But there was something missing; highly intelligent window shades fully capable of anticipating our needs, and creating perfect ambiance in our homes via a wireless device. Apparently even Hollywood couldn’t fathom that one, but it’s here.


PowerView™ App for iPhone, PowerView™ App for iPad, and PowerView™ Motorization Pebble™ Remote

The benefits of motorized shades

Window shades operated remotely aren’t just for commercial spaces anymore. They’re becoming more and more popular in homes throughout Houston as well, making it highly likely that the day of having to get up to open or close your shade will be, well, a thing of the past.

People are not only becoming increasing comfortable with high technology in the workplace, but also as a means of controlling various areas of our homes - everything from activating our security systems, to turning on the AC unit. So, it makes sense that motorized window treatments would be embraced as a way of simplifying our lives, as well.

A practical case can be made for modernized shades for clerestory windows that can sometimes allow too much sun-damaging glare into a room, but are too high to reach.

Their ease of use also makes motorized window treatments perfectly suited for inhabitants with limited mobility, and for the forward-thinking Baby Boomer who seeks aging-in-place design.

Safety Considerations

Another benefit of motorized window shades is safety. Lacking a drawstring or cord, removes the need to be concerned of possible entanglement by children and pets.


Applause® Honeycomb Shades with PowerView™

... And then there's the cool factor.

Let’s face it hands-free window shades are not only sleek and impressive; it’s downright cool enough for any high-end bachelor or bachelorette pad. But with dozens of styles available that provide shade, insulation, and are made of dust repellant materials, they’re created perfectly for a family home, as well.

Hunter Douglas proudly offers their award-winning advanced operating system for motorized window shades, called the PowerView™. It allows you to program your window treatments to move to the exact position you want, when you want, and from anywhere in the world by using the PowerView™ App on your smartphone or tablet. This offers a modern alternative to a traditional remote control, but what if you’re more comfortable with a remote control? They’ve got that covered, too. With the ergonomically designed PowerView™ Pebble, you can easily operate up to six different groupings of window treatment individually or together, with just a press of a button. In the words of the illustrious genius Doc Brown, “Great Scott!”


Pirouette® Shadings with PowerView™

So, if you’ve only imagined distinctive motorized window treatments that could anticipate your needs, and automatically create perfect ambiance morning, noon, and night are a thing of the future, imagine no more. The future is now.


Vignette® with PowerView™

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The Beauty of Energy Efficient Window Treatments

Monday, December 28, 2015 2:55:15 PM CST6CDT

If you’ve ever felt that paying excessively high energy bills month after month is like throwing hard-earned money out the window, you are absolutely right. With energy costs on the rise, there's no better time to consider installing energy efficient window coverings that can cut those costs, and add an enviable decorative flair to the interior of your home.

Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades PowerRise® 2.1 with Platinum™ Technology

THE BEST TREATMENT FOR YOU!

The price associated with brand new energy efficient window coverings can have you shivering more than the drafts coming through your existing windows. But never fear. Caulk or weather seal those leaky panes first, then check out the wide variety of energy efficient window treatment options available at Creative Blinds. The cost of energy efficient window coverings, such as solar shades or honeycomb shades, is easily offset by the savings you gain by using these energy efficient window coverings. In addition to improving your home’s solar performance, your new energy efficient window coverings will enhance the overall beauty as well.

HIGH-REFLECTIVITY FILMS

These reflective films can be a DIY project, easy enough to apply yourself over existing windows. They work by helping to block summer heat gain and reduce solar glare. But just a few things to keep in mind:

  • The silver, mirror-like films usually block more effectively than the colored ones.
  • The direction your window faces can make this option more, or less effective.
  • Extra care when cleaning is imperative.
  • Loss of interior light and outside visibility can occur.

ENERGY EFFICIENT BLINDS & SHUTTERS

Given the variety of colors and materials available, energy efficient window treatments in the form of shutters, honeycomb shades, solar shades or blinds may be a sunnier interior design element, than reflective films. You can adjust the slats to control light and ventilation. They can also be adjusted to block and reflect direct sunlight onto a light-colored ceiling.

Plantation shutters, such as Palm Beach™ by Hunter Douglas, are an excellent accent to almost any room. They’re gorgeous, exceptionally crafted and, because they’re constructed with a UV resistant poly-satin compound, they’re guaranteed to hold-up against even the most extreme heat and moisture conditions. Additionally, they will never warp, crack, fade, chip, peel or discolor.

NewStyle® hybrid shutters with Front Tilt Bar

TIP: Duette shades by Hunter Douglas are a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design that offers energy savings in both winter and summer.
ENERGY EFFICIENT SHADES

Energy efficient fabric shades are a win-win situation for any window in your home. They not only enhance the look of your room by providing a more updated look, they also exude warmth, and texture. The selection of fabrics, colors and pleat sizes are endless. You control the room’s ambiance and energy loss by adjusting the range of light entering your home, by selecting sheer or opaque. More importantly this choice serves as a fantastic solution to your high energy cost woes.

THE CASE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOW TREATMENTS

Today’s energy efficient windows are undoubtedly a lovely design feature that combines distinctive form, with incredible functionality. With upwards of fifty percent of a home’s heating and cooling energy lost through its windows, purchasing new energy efficient window treatments can be like newfound money.

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