Seven Benefits of Lutron Smart Shades

When paired with smart lighting, Lutron smart shades can help maximize the amount of daylight in your home to cut down on electricity usage.

Whether building, renovating or remodelling, energy efficiency is a key factor in modern homes. How you lay out your homes’ shades can have a direct impact on how much energy your home uses. A house that can remain comfortable through all seasons without employing an active heating or cooling system can help keep your home energy efficient all year long. Adding Lutron smart shades to your home in a simple way to accomplish this goal.

Lutron smart shades can help control the solar gain and heat loss in your home simply by opening and closing at pre-programmed times based on temperature and sun light.

Here's a look at the benefits of Lurton smart shade systems:

Convenience Lutron shades can be opened and closed simply by touching a button, a remote control, or an app on your smartphone or tablet. The ability to set schedules to open and close shades at specific times means you may never have to worry about them at all.

Energy Savings Connecting Lutron shades to a smart home hub can help minimize the amount of energy your home uses by allowing the shades to react independently to readings from temperature and sunlight sensors. The shades will know when to close during the hottest part of the day or whether to open during a sunny day in the winter.

Smart Home Integration Smart thermostats have a trove of data to use to determine whether opening or closing the shades will help reduce energy use, such as what time of day it is, what the weather is like outside, and what the temperature is in the home. Using all these data points, the thermostat can sense a room is getting too hot and close the shades or do the reverse when it knows a room is cooler than it should be rather than turn on the air or heat.

Smart Lighting When paired with smart lighting, smart shades can help maximize the amount of daylight in your home to cut down on electricity usage. For example, opening the shades can trigger lighting to turn off or dim, and vice versa.

Add Insulation Lutron shades can add significant insulation value to your windows. A smart shade can sense when your home is cooling too much and close, increasing insulation and reducing the amount of energy your home uses on a regular basis.

Safety The lack of cords with Lutron smart shades is a major safety bonus as you won't have to worry about keeping them out of reach of children or pets. Also, in a smart home, Lutron's shades connect to Nest's Protect Smoke Alarm to automatically open when a fire is detected, allowing emergency responders to see into the home.

Security By setting a schedule that makes it look as if someone's home, smart shades can aid in your home’s security system. Similarly, when connected to a smart home system, the shades can shut when the occupants leave and open when they return by connecting through a fob.

Compared to many retrofit or new-build energy-saving solutions or upgrades, installing Lutron shades is a simple way to control solar gain and heat loss in a home and add value to your home.

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Source: Adapted from Jennifer Tuohy article from November 2015

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