Imagine coming home after a long day at work to find your home warmly lit.
The shades have been drawn and the temperature is perfect, just how you like it. Your home has prepared itself for you so you can immediately start enjoying a relaxing evening. All you have to do is arrive.
Home automation technology allows you to control things like lighting, temperature, window coverings and other home functions all with the touch of a button. This technology is a luxury and until recently, it has not been a luxury the average home owner could afford.
“Budget Blinds and Lutron have made home automation affordable and easy to use,” said Sue Swarbrick, owner of Budget Blinds of Southwest Manitoba for the past five years. “In the past, many homeowners felt home automation for window coverings was out of their reach, but now it is truly an affordable option.”
Lutron’s Smart Home is a simple home automation system that allows you to control and schedule your window coverings, lighting and thermostat all through the touch of a button. You can control it with a remote or wall control, or through the Smart Home application on your smart device. If you have an iPhone, you can control the system with voice commands. Just ask your friend, Siri to draw the window shades or turn dim the lights.
The system is programmed to recognize your smart device as you approach your home and it will set your preferred home ambience before you even walk through the door.
“Budget Blinds works with both the natural and artificial lighting part of the Smart Home system and having automated window coverings will make you never want to live without them,” said Swarbrick. “You can set your window coverings to your time zone so they will rise and lower according to the daylight hours. People use this system to set their shades to come up at a certain time in the morning and use the natural light to wake them instead of an obtrusive alarm.”
Having smart shades can also enhance your home’s security. You can set them to rise and lower at appropriate times when you are on vacation, making it appear as though someone is at home.
Or, operate them from any part of the world at any time you wish.
The Lutron cellular and roller shades are cordless, making them safe for children and pets.
They’re made from sustainable materials and are very energy efficient. The shades are operated by a battery that lasts up to five years and is nearly soundless. You will barely hear that your window coverings are moving. Automated shades will be set to move at the same speed so all of your window coverings lower or rise evenly and rest at the same level.
“These features are so luxurious to have in your home. I compare it to having a smart phone. We didn’t have smart phones years ago and didn’t know what we were missing, but now that we have them and use them so much we see how the technology benefits our daily lives and we can’t imagine going back to not having them. Also, just ponder for a moment our vehicles… fully automated. Most of us wouldn’t want to go back to window cranks and running around all 4 doors to lock them. We even request WiFi as a standard feature. Home automation is the same thing. It’s not something you think you need at first but once you have it life at home feels so pleasant and you’ll be so grateful you did it.” adds Swarbrick.
The Lutron technology leads the industry. Not only was the company the first to invent the light dimmer in the late 1950s, they have invested hundreds of lighting control devices and systems and have led innovations in window shade technology using wireless and wired systems to control both daylight and electric light.
“People love this technology. It is so accessible, convenient, easy to use and can really add value to your home life,” shared Swarbrick. The Future is Here!
For more information on the Budget Blinds and Lutron Smart Home integrated home automation system, contact Budget Blinds of Southwest Manitoba at 204 727-4766 or by visiting www.budgetblinds.com/southwestmanitoba.