How Automated or Cordless Shades Make a Safer Home for Your Children

Are your windows safe?

According to a new study published in Pediatrics, almost 17,000 children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015. Though most injuries were minor, according to the study, almost 300 children died. When window cords are within reach, it only takes a few seconds for a child to become accidentally tangled. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission lists windows and window blinds as one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes today.

Thankfully, there is a solution.

Cordless and automated window treatment products provide a greater peace of mind for homes with children. Automated window treatments, such as honeycomb shades, come with a motorized operating system that eliminates window cords altogether and adds a level of convenience with a programmable remote control. Both hardwired and battery-operated options are available on most products. This innovative design is a sleek and versatile option that will not only complement any home interior but provide a safe environment for children.

Here are a few of the recommended window treatments options that we offer:

  • Cordless Honeycomb Shades
  • Motorized with Remote Control Honeycomb Shades
  • Cordless Sheer Shades
  • Motorized with Remote Control Horizontal Sheer Shades
  • Cordless Roman Shades
  • Motorized with Remote Control Roman Shades
  • Motorized with Remote Control Roller Shades

The industry is moving forward with a new industry standard proposal that would make cordless blinds the only option available in retail stores and online. A spokesman for the Window Covering Manufacturers Association said the proposed industry standard will have input from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Commission called the standard, “a major step forward in protecting children.”

At Ver-Tex, we are committed to offering innovative products that create safer homes for you and your family. From cordless alternatives to motorized shade systems, we offer many unique window treatment options that are designed with safety, convenience, and interior beauty in mind.
If you are interested in learning more about any of the window treatment products listed above, please click here or give us a call at 781-332-3030 to visit our Boston showroom and experience these home necessities firsthand.

Go Green! How Automated Shades Can Help Reduce Energy Consumption

From heating systems through the cold winter months to cooling appliances during a heat wave, it takes a lot of energy to power our daily lives. With the help of automated shading solutions, building owners and homeowners can reduce their energy costs significantly.

Electric lighting uses more than 15% of all energy in the country, according to studies by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Energy Information Agency. By using an automated shading system, you can ensure more energy savings over time. Automated shades can be programmed with timers or sensors to automatically provide the right amount of sunlight exposure 24 hours a day. Motorized shading systems can also integrate with HVAC systems, using sensors to take advantage of opportunities to save energy. When the heat from the sunlight reaches a certain threshold, shades lower and reflect the sun’s heat away from the window, causing a cooling effect. An automated window treatment system will keep your building or home at the most comfortable temperature without increasing energy costs, and could potentially save you 10-15% on monthly electric bills.

Electricity production is one of the largest contributors to pollution in the United States. Its production affects environmental issues such as water quality, waste management, and industrial air pollution. Natural lighting is an important tool that can help homeowners and business owners decrease their carbon footprint and reduce fluorocarbon’s devastating effect on the environment. Automated shades, in tandem with smart lighting and building control systems, help to effectively manage natural daylight, which is a vital step towards sustainability.

By partnering with Ver-Tex to provide the latest in automated window treatment solutions, business owners and homeowners will be able to find the perfect solution to making their residential and commercial buildings even more sustainable.

Meet the New President and CEO Brianna Goodwin

We’re pleased to announce that Brianna Goodwin has been promoted to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. She assumed responsibilities on September 1, 2017.

Having served as a valuable member of the Ver-Tex team since 2005, Goodwin brings the ideal combination of vision, industry knowledge, and leadership experience to Ver-Tex. Goodwin started her career at Ver-Tex in construction estimating/sales before being promoted to various leadership roles, including her most recent, Executive Vice President. For more than 12 years, Goodwin has overseen tremendous company growth and helped transform Ver-Tex into one of the region’s leading distributors and installers of window treatments, specifically automated shade systems, and construction specialties.

“Ver-Tex is one of those rare companies with the potential to truly revolutionize the window treatment design and construction industry, and I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the company going forward,” said Goodwin. She continued, “With an exceptional team of hardworking and passionate individuals, Ver-Tex is ready for further growth. The opportunity ahead of us is enormous, and I am honored to be leading our company to more success, and delivering the industry’s best customer experience.”