How Can Motorized Shades Reduce Your Monthly Energy Bills?
Give Your HVAC a Helping Hand with a Smart Shading Solution
Although many people are familiar with the stylistic and security benefits of shades, few people take into account how important they can be for curtailing your monthly energy usage. Through smart control of your motorized window shades, you can better manage the temperature in your Minnetonka, MN home and reduce the amount of artificial light you use throughout the day. Every eco-friendly home can benefit from a shading solution that actively reduces its carbon footprint. Read on to see some of the ways you can manage your monthly energy bills with motorized shades.
Special Fabric Options
Start by choosing the right fabric for your motorized window shades. Cellular shades, also called honeycomb shades, are the most energy-efficient ones available. According to a report by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, homeowners can save between 5 and 15 percent of their yearly energy usage by using cellular shades. Limit the amount of energy entering and leaving your space with these shades, which include pockets of air that insulate your home. Lower your heating costs by making sure honeycomb shades remain closed as the temperatures dip.
You can also manage indoor temperatures by reducing the amount of sunlight entering your home at the hottest time of the day. To do this, you can invest in solar shades designed to block the sun's UV rays. The bigger your shades' openness factor, the more light they let it. You can opt for blackout shades that completely block out the light or go with more open ones that let you look out at your great view while still reducing the amount of sunlight coming in.
Smart Control Options
It’s the smart control associated with motorized window shades that really makes a big dent in your energy usage. Below we highlight some of the most common control solutions in eco-friendly homes:
- Photo Sensors: Have shades automatically open and lights dim when natural light is available, so you're not using your artificial light when it’s not needed.
- Climate Integration: Link your shades to your thermostat so they close or open according to the weather. For example, have shades automatically close whenever the outside temperature is over 90 degrees to make it easier for your thermostat to cool down your home.
- Scheduled Changes: When using honeycomb shades, schedule them to close during the coldest or hottest parts of the day to insulate your home from outdoor conditions.
We can help you design a custom smart shading solution that keeps your home cozy in the winter and fresh in the summer. To get started, call us at (612) 353-5087 or contact us online.