Power Up Your View

These days everything can be controlled by technology. You can adjust your heat, even when outside your house. You can set automatic lights to make an empty house look occupied. You can even turn on a cooling fan remotely. So why not your blinds?

Did you know you could lower your blinds at home in Massachusetts while enjoying a relaxing vacation in Florida? With today’s newest advances in motorization, it is possible to sync your blinds with anything from a wall remote to a handheld controller to your personal device, be it phone or tablet.

Today I attended an amazing seminar by Hunter Douglas, learning the ins and out of window blinds motorization, and I’m really excited to share my new knowledge with you. So read on and enjoy seeing how this new technology brings about intelligent shades that simplify your life.

What are the benefits of switching to motorized blinds and shades? 

  • Precise Operation – precise control of various products, whether up, down, tilt, or traverse
  • Flexible Schedules – with the PowerView App, you can schedule the exact movement of your shades to occur automatically
  • Energy Efficient – link to sunrise and sunset times as calculated by PowerView to control solar energy or wake with the sun
  • Security – adjust shades while you are away with RemoteConnect on your smartphone or tablet
  • Child Friendly – battery-powered and cord-free, the operation is both aesthetically pleasing and safe for children and pets
  • Diverse – contains the widest array of innovative styles, colors, and fabrics
  • Battery Powered – this makes them easy to install, operate, and maintain

How it works:

  1. Start with a PowerView Pebble, the handheld control and entry point for the entire system. Both elegant and simple, it is the  perfect union of form and function to operate your shades on command without lifting more than a finger.
  2. Prefer a convenient fixed location to operate your shades? Simply opt for the Surface Remote which has all the same features as the Pebble Remote, only it remains solidly fixed to the wall.
  3. Explore direct control from your phone or tablet. Activate the PowerView App, and enjoy sending shades to specific positions and levels with a swipe of the finger. Simply create Rooms on the app, add your shades, and make a selection, adjusting one or even all of your shades with ease.
  4. Set your Scenes and decide which Rooms you want operating independently or in total synchronization, from raising the bedroom and kitchen shades in the morning to adjusting the living room shades in the afternoon to lowering all the blinds in the entire house at night. The choice is yours. Individual Rooms and Multiple Room Scenes can be controlled to activate a host of movement throughout the house with a single press.
  5. Enjoy RemoteConnect which allows you to activate Scenes from anywhere in the world via your phone or tablet on the PowerView App. RemoteConnect works through a secure Hunter Douglas server to keep your home safe and protected.

Take control of your home like never before and let intelligent shades simplify your life.

Save Money…Save Energy

Between record breaking snow and frigid temperatures, this winter has certainly left its mark, and not just on your house – on your wallet too! Between roof rakes, snow blowers, heating costs, it is a constant battle to keep your house warm and dry while not driving up the bill too high.IMG_3402

During this time of year, I always see an increase in calls asking me what is the best way to cover your windows in order to help provide more insulation to your home. The answer is Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades, the most energy efficient window covering on the market.

During the winter months, most people see a drastic increase in their energy bills, and windows are the largest source of wasted energy in their home as heat always flows from warmer to colder areas. In the winter, warm air inside your house tries to escape through the windows.  And in the end, you pay for that escaped heat while using extra energy needed to heat your home.  By installing Duette® Architella® shades on your windows, you can decrease the home heat loss up to 30% while reducing your energy bills by 10%.

You can actually see the difference between a window insulated with Duette® Architella® shades and a non-insulated in this heat sensitive photo:

Hunter Douglas Architella reduce heat flowSee the green window? That’s the insulated one. Notice the difference in heat loss (shown as the color red) between the two windows. Now imagine that throughout your entire house. That is a lot of wasted heat and energy.

But how does the insulation work? Well, if you look at the picture of the Duette® Architella® shades below, you can see the patented honeycomb within honeycomb construction works to trap the air, leaving less Duette Architella- Up closespace for it to escape out of your house. Specifically, you can see the inner layer of the fabric is designed to create 3 distinct air pockets to trap even more air and increase the insulation.

And of course, Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® Shades come in various fabrics, pleat sizes and features including the popular top-down/ bottom-up feature shown in the above picture.  The shades can also be easily motorized for your out of reach windows.

So stop throwing your money out the window, instead cover them and save money while being more energy efficient.

And most importantly, stay warm!