When you think about how you are going to try and revamp and improve your home, windows are likely to be one of the last things on your mind. In reality, they honestly can — and should — be closer to the top of your list. Doing something as simple as adding a cellular shade can increase a window’s R-value — the amount of resistance against the cold (or heat) — from 3.5 (a standard window) to nearly 7. This sort of increase can save an individual lots of money on their heating and cooling bills in the long run.
Clearly, the advantages do not end there, otherwise you would not be reading this sort of article. All jokes aside, not only can upgrading your window save you money in on the heating bills, but it can add a bit of ease to you life as well. Upgrades more along the lines of motorized window blinds are the perfect thing to make your life that much easier than it was previously. The motorization of blinds is giving people the ability to set their blinds to settings that they desire for their day and then program them to follow this pattern. This means that once it is set, unless there is a new circumstance that requires you to change the pattern, you will have to open and close your blinds manually rarely if ever again. Not only this, but motorized blinds give you the ability to control them with your voice, so even when the time arises in which you need to change or move them yourself, the vast majority of the effort has already been removed. Companies such as Hunter Douglas are primarily concerned with the ease of use and convenience for their customers. According to Angie’s List, convenience is the number one reason homeowners switch to motorized window treatments. So, if you are looking to make your day to day life a bit more convenient, why not go to the very best?
In spring 2016, about 31 million people in the U.S. said they live in a household that bought drapes, blinds, and other window treatments within the last 12 months. According to the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC), window attachments can improve the performance of windows and save up to 13% of a household’s annual energy use. It may not seem like that much at first glance, but with that amount of money that upgrades save the customer, motorized blinds pay for themselves in seemingly no time at all. Motorized blinds, also known as automated window blinds may be newer in the terms of household upgrades, but they certainly are a force to be reckoned with. Far better to look into installing them now and save yourself the heartache later than to regret not having upgraded sooner down the road.