As autumn turns to winter this month, it’s essential to maintain a warm and cozy home for the holidays. Your thermostat may be working overtime to keep your home at a consistent temperature that’s not too hot or cold, and the winter months tend to be when homeowners see the highest energy bills, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Did you know that your windows leak up to half of your home’s heat? Your shades play a vital role in keeping your home comfortably heated and your bills low. Our team at iWired is proud to pair with Lutron, which offers a variety of window treatments that will keep your home warm this winter.
Insulating Honeycomb Shades
Honeycomb shades are the ideal choice for homeowners who want shades that effectively insulate their homes. When unfurled, they can trap your home’s heat in their honeycomb design, and when stowed, they fold up like an accordion, allowing you to take in the light of sunny days. Lutron offers automated shade designs in multiple fabrics and designs, which grants you the freedom to create a schedule for your blinds to open and close to effectively trap heat and welcome in the light.
For example, wireless battery-operated Serena shades are available in the honeycomb style, resulting in an ultra-quiet performance. You can control these shades from anywhere in the world using the Lutron App and Smart Bridge, meaning you can close the blinds from work in case you didn’t have time before leaving the house. With timed schedules, you can also set your system to retract the shades a few minutes before your usual arrival home from work, allowing you to enjoy a bit of daylight without losing all your home’s heat through the windows.
For homeowners who are ready to see significant drops in energy bills, roman shades may be the best option. Due to their modern, user-friendly design and detailed-temperature control, they’re quickly becoming popular across the nation. A thermal acrylic foam within roman shades effectively maintains your home interior temperature.
Lutron offers a variety of colors, textures, and styles of roman shades that will keep your home comfortable no matter the season. Sivoia QS can control Lutron’s complete portfolio of window treatments, no matter the style. For further customization, you can opt between recessed, pocket, and fascia mount options with coupled or dual shade solutions.
Vertical Drapery Tracks
Are you looking for a unique alternative to more traditional-looking window treatments? Vertical drapery tracks can add a bit of dramatic flair to your home, whether you prefer lush drapery or vertical slatted panels. No matter the material you choose, these shades are effective in sequestering heat within the home, and the modern motorized version of these systems will pull your drapes up and away from the window for elegant framing.
If you decide to opt for Lutron’s traditional drapery tracks, Kirbé Vertical Drapery System, you can control them and the entire family of Lutron automated window treatments with the Sivoia QS Wireless shading system. It’s a perfect solution for retrofit and renovation, offering precision control of shades in a single room, multiple rooms, or the whole home with the touch of a button!
Woven Wood Blinds
Homeowners who are seeking more of an eco-friendly style will adore the texture of woven wood blinds, composed of organic materials such as bamboo, reeds, or linen. The natural fibers allow more light to filter through the home, perfect when the sun is more scarce in winter. However, these shades still effectively block UVA and UVB rays that damage your décor, skin, and eyesight.
The Sivoia QS Triathlon, known as the most fashionable, flexible, and reliable shading system, is available in the woven wood blinds style, which is a bit heavier. Motorization is necessary for family members who may struggle to manually adjust the blinds, but Sivoia QS Triathlon shades are battery-powered, easy to install and maintain, and perfect for every member of the family. Automated shades can grant members young and old the independence to control shades without fussing with cords or posing a strangulation risk for children or small pets.
As a homeowner, you may be imagining that automated shades incorporate bulky pieces of machinery that look out of place in your home. However, Lutron offers elegant designs that will seamlessly blend into your home’s décor. Roller shades are known for their wide range of affordable options for homeowners who want to monitor the heat and light entering and exiting the home, whether it’s for your kitchen, bedroom, or living room.
It’s easy to welcome more sunlight into your home using Lutron’s Window Sensors and Hyperion solar-adaptive shading software, which automatically tracks the path of the sun and adjusts the shades throughout the day to maximize your sunlight, reduce glare, and save energy. With the use of multiple Window Sensors, you can optimize your shades’ performance in response to the weather. You can even develop customized shading schedules by combining information about your home’s location and orientation with your lifestyle schedules based on workdays, weekends, or even when you’re out of town.
Perhaps you’re beginning to picture elegant Serena insulated honeycomb shades gracing your kitchen or Sivoia QS Triathlon woven wood blinds matching your bohemian bedroom. Whether you have questions about Lutron’s Window Sensor technology or you’d like to see other designs available under Sivoia QS Wireless Shading, our team at iWired is ready to help you choose the perfect energy-efficient option with Lutron.