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Sustainable Smart Home Style: AERC-Backed Smart Shades

Smart shades can help you maintain a more energy efficient home year-round

Designer Screen Shades – Dark Chocolate (image credit: Hunter Douglas)

With the transition to warmer weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time for integrators to advocate for the connected home technologies in their product portfolio that make the home more sustainable. Energy efficiency supports a sustainable home, and a key solution to maintaining it year-round is smart shading.

Shades might seem like a small piece of a connected home, but they can make or break an eco-conscious homeowner’s setup: Up to 30% of a home’s heating and cooling can be lost through the windows – driving electric and AC bills and putting a strain on natural resources that power utilities and HVAC systems. That said, protection at the window is key.

Duette Shades (image credit: Hunter Douglas)

The evolution of window treatments sets us up to successfully shield the home from unwanted energy loss at the window. Some shades are even designed to insulate up to 60% of unwanted solar heat at the window in cooling seasons, keeping homeowners comfortable, lowering energy bills, and reducing carbon footprints.

Select fabrics for Hunter Douglas DuetteⓇ Honeycomb Shades, ApplauseⓇ Honeycomb Shades, SonnetteⓇ Cellular Roller Shades, and Designer Screen Shades have been awarded certifications from the Attachments Energy Ratings Council (AERC). AERC provides an unbiased, third-party certification of the energy-saving potential of a window attachment product, recognizing product designs that offer energy saving across climates.

Sonnette with PowerView (image credit: Hunter Douglas)

Implementing smart shading solutions offer the material benefits of energy-saving designs and the functional benefits of automation. With PowerView® Automation, you can set up your window treatments to move according to schedules you create. When based on how the sun moves around the house, they’ll be in the best positions to block heat loss when it’s cold or keep out harsh rays on scorching summer days.

By integrating with existing smart home systems, homeowners have the option to adjust their shades at any time, from anywhere, with a convenient press of a button, a voice command, or within a mobile app.

Applause-Honeycomb Shades (image credit: Hunter Douglas)

Power options like rechargeable battery wands and hardwired systems ensure that shades perform reliably when insulation is needed most, like at high noon when the sun is glaring. For instance, when your home reaches a certain temperature, you can set your shades to automatically lower, blocking light from entering the room. This provides better insulation, blocks solar heat gain and also prevents the sun from fading and deteriorating your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors and other wood surfaces.

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