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Smart Shades are a Smart Move

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The Benefits of Smart Shades

Today’s smart-home technology is evolving quickly, with smart control available for everything from door locks and lights to refrigerators and shades.

Yes, shades.

Why even consider smart window shades for your home? Think about these benefits: they’ll add convenience to your day to day, while enhancing security and privacy, adding energy efficiency, and protecting furniture and flooring from harsh UV rays. Plus, they’re cordless, making them a safer option than shades with exposed cords, if you have small children or pets.

From selecting materials and colors to expert measurement and installation, our window treatment specialists can help you create the perfect window treatments for your home. Find a specialist near you to get started today.

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Added Convenience

With smart shades, you’ll enjoy the added convenience of effortless shade control. Motorized operating systems like PowerView® Automation from Hunter Douglas let you raise and lower your smart shades with the press of a button, tap on a mobile device or with your voice, using Siri on your Apple devices, Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant.

You can even schedule smart shades to move automatically at certain times of the day and create personalized shade-setting scenes within a room or throughout your entire home.

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Enhanced Security and Privacy

Easily give your home a lived-in look while you’re away by scheduling your smart shades to automatically raise and lower at set times during the day. You can also schedule them to close when you head out the door and open when you return.

Have large windows or sliding-glass doors that provide expansive views to the outside? Hunter Douglas offers smart vertical window treatments with vanes that rotate 180 degrees, for times when you want complete coverage over those windows or doors.

Luminette® Privacy Sheers, for example, combine a sheer fabric for light where you want it, with vertical fabric vanes to preserve your privacy.

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Better Energy Efficiency

Shades can help improve the energy efficiency in your home by blocking harsh rays from heating up your house in the summer as well as helping prevent heat loss in the winter. But if you have manual shades, you have to make the time to raise and lower them when necessary. Smart shades save you the hassle. A button press, tap on your mobile device, voice command or automated schedule will set your shades in motion.

You can also integrate Hunter Douglas smart shades with other manufacturers’ smart-home systems, so your shades will raise and lower in response to light- and temperature-sensor commands sent from that system.

For the best approach to energy efficiency, look to smart cellular shades, like Duette® Honeycomb Shades. Their honeycomb design traps air in distinct pockets, creating an extra layer of insulation at the window. Duette shades are available in both a single and a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction, for even greater energy efficiency.

Improved UV Protection

Over time, the sun’s rays can damage furniture, flooring and even fine artwork. One solution for protecting interiors is solar shades, which block UV rays while maintaining your view of the outdoors. And if you add smarts to those shades, you can conveniently lower them when the sun’s rays are at their highest during the day—no running from window to window to lower them manually.

Designer Screen Shades from Hunter Douglas are an excellent choice in smart solar shades. Enjoy the scenes outside your window, without harsh glare.

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