Today’s smart home arsenal consists of everything from smart door locks, thermostats and speakers to smart coffee makers, refrigerators and even smart shades.
That’s right—smart shades. And just like the array of other smart home products available, smart shades help add convenience to your day to day by giving you key benefits you wouldn’t get otherwise.
Here’s a look at each.
- Effortless shade control. With smart shades, you can raise or lower shades from inside your home with the press of a button on a remote or a tap on a smartphone app; you can also use the same app to control shades from the airport, a beach—anywhere you happen to be, home or away. (And if you have a smart speaker, you can often control your shades with your voice, too.)
You can even schedule smart shades to move automatically at certain times of the day, so you’ll always have the level you want, when you want it. For example, you can schedule bedroom shades to automatically open in the morning, for a gentle wake-up, rather than being aroused by a jarring alarm.
Having hassle-free control is not only convenient; it also makes it a snap to adjust shades on hard-to-reach windows (including those behind furniture)—as well as makes it easy for anyone to raise and lower shades, including people with limited mobility.
- Simple scene setting. A scene is a preset shade level (open, closed or somewhere in-between) that you can create and save in an app. Let’s say you prefer your kitchen shades to be halfway open while you savor your morning coffee. With a “good morning” scene, your shade would raise to exactly the level you had previously set and saved, with the touch of a button or a voice command (if your shades are integrated with smart speakers).
- Enhanced security. Give your home a lived-in look while you’re away on vacation—and give yourself greater peace of mind—by scheduling shades to raise and lower at set times during the day.
And if your smart shades integrate with other manufacturers’ smart home devices or home automation systems, you can enhance security even more. For example, you could schedule shades to lower and lights to turn on every evening at dusk.
- Improved UV protection. Over time, the sun’s rays can damage furniture, flooring and even fine artwork. With smart shades, you can block those rays when they’re at their highest during the day, without going from window to window to lower them manually. Simply schedule them to automatically close during those glaring midday hours (and then open in late afternoon).