At Window Treats serving Holmdel, many of our customers often overlook the importance of choosing the right operating system when they shop for new window fashions. But really, the operating system can complete the entire window treatment experience—choose the right one, and you’ll love your new window fashions even more. That’s why many of our clients choose PowerView® Motorization, the cream of the crop when it comes to lift systems. Read on to learn more! [Read more…]
In a world that’s driven by technology, more homeowners and prospective home buyers want to see devices that support their digitally connected lifestyle. Convenience is key for us in 2019, so it’s no surprise that we’d want the services on which we rely to actually anticipate our needs and make our lives easier. That said, building a true smart home may not be an option for most people. But there’s a simple solution: add specific smart home features that can simplify your schedule. Whether you utilize these tools to keep your home feeling comfortable or to make your routine more enjoyable, most people will certainly find them appealing.
3 Smart Home Features to Improve Your Life in 2019
- Smart Thermostats: How much do you spend every year on heating and cooling? If you’re like most people, your answer may very well be “too much.” A substantial portion of your home’s energy usage can be attributed to heating and cooling, which isn’t ideal if you’re trying to save money or go green. You can accomplish both goals by updating your outdated thermostat to a smart one. Because you can program your thermostat to automatically adjust (and even change the settings from an app), you can maintain your comfort level and reduce energy waste without even thinking about it. Talk about smart.
- Motorized Blinds: Nearly 31 million U.S. residents lived in a household that purchased drapes, blinds, and other window treatments throughout 2016. While you might not think that curtains or blinds could make your home smarter, there are versions that add automated convenience. Motorized blinds, for example, can help you maximize your energy savings with very little effort. These automatic shades can be programmed on timers or manipulated with the press of a button. Some blinds with motorization also have built-in sensors that will make immediate adjustments if there’s too much sunlight coming in. Not only can this ensure your family is comfortable and happy, but it can also reduce energy usage and even improve the value of your home.
- Smart Appliances: You may already love the idea of having your own digital assistant or keeping your home safe with a smart security system. But what about smart appliances in your kitchen or in your laundry room? These internet-connected devices can be accessed via smartphone, meaning you don’t even have to be at home to check on your clothes in the washing machine or be in the room to notice your refrigerator door was left open. You’ll be able to save energy and increase control over your devices without having to run yourself ragged trying to be in five places at once. This way, you can get an alert when your dishwasher is done with its cycle or monitor the oven temperature from the bedroom. It’s truly an easier, less stressful way to live.
Want to learn more about how our motorized blinds can add convenience and value to your home (and to your life, in general)? Contact us today for further assistance.
One of the most overlooked options when selecting window treatments is the operating systems. When you buy window coverings, you’re not just buying the product—you’re also buying the way it operates. All window coverings come with standard operating systems that could be the perfect solution for your needs, but you should be aware of the many choices available when you purchase Hunter Douglas products. If your windows are high and hard to reach, consider PowerView® Motorization. If you have children or just don’t like the look of cords, consider LiteRise®. To see them in action and to find out more about each system, speak with a trained consultant at Window Treats here in New Jersey today. [Read more…]
Although fall has just begun, temperatures are falling fast. There’s no time like the present to look even further ahead to winter. Although it may not be the most pleasant of thoughts, the reality is that the ground will soon freeze and you’ll be able to see your breath when you’re out in the open air. When we’re indoors, we rely heavily on our heating system to make our home comfortable. Unfortunately, that can have some negative consequences, like sky-high energy bills and a deviation from our dedication to a green lifestyle. However, having automated window blinds may help solve some of those issues by supporting your HVAC system. Here’s how.
Mainly, it’s important to note that motorized blinds will keep the heat inside. If you want to make your home more comfortable and save some money, you need to rely on furnishings to keep the heat indoors. Draperies alone can actually reduce room heat loss by 10% during the wintertime, as heat tends to escape through those windows. But if you forget to shut the blinds at the optimal time of day, you won’t be able to retain the heat or save energy in the process.
Automated window blinds make that process a cinch. You can program them to adjust at specific times of the day to ensure the heat stays in when you need it most. Since wintertime brings about shorter daylight hours, this feature comes in extremely handy. By utilizing the features of your motorized window blinds, you can set it and forget it — and your heating system won’t have to work nearly as hard. Ultimately, that means you’ll end up saving money each month and your HVAC system will last longer (another source of savings for the long term).
When you use automated window blinds, you won’t have to consciously consider how you’re going to save money every month. Instead, you can rely on these automatic adjustments to save you time, money, and energy. In the warmer months, these same features can ensure you don’t spend too much on your air conditioning bills. But this winter, you can keep your home warm and cozy while reducing your reliance on your home heating system.
To find out more about how our blinds can help you save money and energy while keeping your home more comfortable, please contact us today.
Most often, families choose to buy motorized window blinds for the sake of convenience or even to improve the safety of their pets or children. Alternatively, they may make the switch to motorized blinds to improve the aesthetic quality of their homes or to increase their personal satisfaction with their surroundings. But did you know that motorized shades and window blinds might actually improve your health, too? Let’s take a closer look about how adding motorization to your window treatments can make you healthier.
You’ll get a more restful sleep
While many of us realize we should be getting anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep per night, the reality is that we often operate on much less shut-eye than that. Unfortunately, that can have a negative effect on our physical health, our productivity levels, and our overall mood. When we lie awake for hours scrolling through our phones or thinking about work we have to complete, we’re interrupting our body’s natural sleep patterns. But you might not realize that automated window blinds can help you to reset them.
Because you’re able to set a specific schedule for your shades, you’ll, therefore, create a routine and help your body prepare for sleep. When you take the work out of shade adjustment and are able to block out obtrusive lighting from other sources outside your home automatically, you’ll be able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. You can then adjust to this routine, enjoy a deeper and more restful sleep, and wake up feeling ready to take on the day. And since sleep gives your body time to heal, you can improve your personal health while you get your beauty rest.
You’ll prevent heat loss
According to the National Resources Defense Council, windows and doors account for around one-third of your home’s total thermal loss. In the winter, that can be a real problem. Not only can this cause your energy bills to skyrocket, but it can also make your home feel a lot less cozy. And when you feel constantly chilled when you’re indoors, you might be more likely to come down with a cold or a cough and shiver the night away.
We already know that using your shades, blinds, and drapes properly can allow sunlight into your home during the warmest parts of the day and keep heat in once the sun goes down. However, making these adjustments manually leaves a lot of room for error. It’s easy to forget to close the drapes or curtains to trap heat inside, an action you may regret later on in the evening. But when you’ve already installed motorization into your window treatments, you won’t ever have to worry about that. You can set a schedule for these treatments so that your home maintains a comfortable temperature from day to night. This can save you money on heating, of course, but it could also improve your overall immunity or allow you to fight off seasonal illnesses that much more quickly. No one wants to feel freezing when they’re fighting off a cold in the middle of winter! When you feel cozy and comfortable, your body will be able to do its job and keep you from getting sick.
You’ll be less stressed
You might not think the thought of adjusting your blinds or shades could bring on much stress. But it’s just one more task to add on to your daily duties. And if you’re already settled in bed or are working under a deadline, it’s not a chore you’re going to want to do. On top of that, if you’re concerned about your mounting energy bills or are worried about nosy neighbors looking in, making these adjustments may be more important than you originally thought.
In general, automation and motorization are meant to improve our lives and eliminate unnecessary tasks. Reducing your stress levels wherever and whenever possible can improve your physical and mental well-being significantly. This can allow you to actually feel at ease at home, enjoy time with your family, and relax. And that’s definitely good for your health.
As you can see, adding motorization to your window treatments can improve your overall well-being. To find out more about our products, please contact us today.
Considering Motorized Blinds in Your Home?
In the digital age, more homeowners are embracing the idea of incorporating tech into their home. While you might not be so eager to install major smart home features and appliances, there are some simple additions you can make to add both luxury and convenience. Motorized window blinds are actually the perfect example. If you’ve been thinking about adding some motorization to your window treatments, read on to learn more about the benefits that motorized blinds can provide. [Read more…]
At Window Treats here in Middletown, we’re always happy to point our customers to ways to save on their window treatments. And right now, we’re particularly excited to announce the latest Hunter Douglas savings event, which is helping numerous customers save on popular window treatments with the top-of-the-line operating system. Speak with one of our trained consultants or read on to learn more! [Read more…]
If you have a room that requires both a horizontal and a vertical blind, you might be daunted by how to select treatments that will work together. Luckily, at Window Treats here in New Jersey, we can help you find just the right solution. Speak with a trained specialist today!
Hunter Douglas Options
Hunter Douglas offers an easy and convenient way for you to make fashionable decorating choices: The Whole House Solution™. Basically, Hunter Douglas has taken the guesswork out of selecting the products for your windows by coordinating Hunter Douglas vertical window treatments with their horizontal counterparts. In fact, select fabrics even share the same names and colors. [Read more…]
There are many different types of operating systems for window treatments, but by far the best is motorization. Hunter Douglas, the leader in window treatment innovation, has created the PowerView™ motorization system, which offers convenience, safety, and security. To see the system in action, speak with a trained Window Treats consultant here in New York City.
Window Treatment Motorization is Convenient
Motorized blinds and shades have become the new benchmark for homeowners, and Hunter Douglas is leading the way. With the PowerView App, which is designed for both Apple® iOS and Android™ devices, as well as the PowerView™ Pebble™ Remote, you can open, close, or tilt your window treatments individually or as a group. How great would it be to open all of your window treatments in the morning and close them all at night with just a touch of a button? Working late, no problem. You can operate your blinds and shades from anywhere with wireless Internet access, even from your workplace. It also takes care of the windows in those hard-to-reach areas! [Read more…]
You might be moving toward more home automation, adding technology to be able to enjoy time savings, as well as an added layer of security it provides. At Window Treats in Red Bank, NJ, we know that everyone lives in a fast-paced world, where time is a precious commodity and safety is of the utmost importance.
PowerView™ Window Treatment Motorization System
Hunter Douglas, the leader in custom window treatments, has taken window treatments technology to the next level by introducing PowerView™ Motorization system. This innovative app allows you to program your shades throughout the day, in different room scenes (combinations of shade positions) or to work in up to six different groups of window treatments. [Read more…]