In our previous blog posts, we took a look at active daylighting systems that can work to help the City of Boston achieve its goal of becoming carbon-free by 2050. Today we look at the energy-saving power of Halcyon Shades, which can integrate with Somfy’s Animeo system, and discuss their possibilities for improving energy efficiency in the context of Boston’s ambitious goal.
To begin, we must note the energy efficiency that Halcyon Shades enable. Halcyon shades reduce 99.9% of harmful UV rays, reflect 80% of solar heat gain, and reduce glare by 97%, providing a return on investment in as little as two years in energy savings. By deriving figures from the Department of Energy’s EQUEST energy modeling software, Halcyon Shades have been shown to save 10 – 25% on a building’s energy spend. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories has confirmed that the metalized polyester material used in the shades can reflect energy, preventing it from penetrating into the building. In addition to this, Halcyon shades are eco-friendly, with third-party verification confirming that these shades contain no PVC, PFCs, VOCs, formaldehyde or antimicrobials. They also meet NFPA 701 standards, reduce energy spend, and reduce carbon emissions.
Furthermore, Halcyon shades can be integrated into a Somfy Animeo daylighting solution. By combining Animeo’s intelligent building controls, motor controls, local controls, and a full array of sensors and additional accessories with Halcyon’s energy-efficient shades, any building owner, developer, or manager can increase energy efficiency by decreasing HVAC demand and electricity needed for lighting. This allows electrical energy to be diverted elsewhere in the city where it is needed more.
Somfy Animeo & Halcyon Shades
As discussed in our previous blog post, Animeo is able to adjust shades automatically based on the sun’s position and glass façade orientation, taking into account shadow management and real-time weather conditions. It also allows for easy manual override, giving building managers and occupants control over nearby shades. When Halcyon’s energy-saving shades are integrated with the sustainable and scalable Animeo solution, energy usage and costs are drastically reduced, allowing for a building’s electricity to be redirected to a place it can be more efficiently used. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that implementing such shades and systems into Boston’s new and existing buildings will dramatically aid in the city’s goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.
With rapid advancements in technology, homeowners are beginning to understand the many benefits of often-overlooked motorized shades. While motorized shades surely offer safety benefits, there are several other advantages to purchasing this technology for your home.
Eliminates Wear & Tear
Daily tugging or pulling on window treatments is a sure-fire way to cause damage to your manual shading systems. Eventually, even the hardware might start to loosen, causing additional costs in replacement and repairs. Motorized shading completely eliminates any struggle and even extends the longevity of your window treatments.
Regardless of whether windows are at a comfortable level or not, they still may not be accessible. Since you can adjust motorized shades from anywhere using a variety of available wall switches and/or remotes, these are ideal for the elderly, those who are bed-ridden or homeowners who simply struggle waking up in the morning.
Increases Home Security
When windows are permanently closed, this gives burglars an open invitation into your home. Some motorized window shades can include a timer option which opens the shades during the day and closes them at night. This gives off the illusion that the home is occupied.
Motorized window treatments allow you to alter the exposure of natural light that penetrates the home. By doing so, you can easily control the mood at any time. In addition, motorized window treatments are offered in an array of designs, styles & colors and are available in wired or battery options.
If you are seeking to improve the aesthetics of your home without breaking your budget, opt for motorized window shades. Not only are these practical and easy to use, but motorized window treatments will create an ambience in your home that everyone can enjoy.
Automated shades can give privacy and security for your home this holiday season, especially when you’re not home. The holidays are one of the busiest travel times of the year, and one of the most vulnerable for burglaries. Using automated shades, you can leave your home for the holidays with your mind at ease. With the touch of a button, you can control your home’s different light needs and privacy throughout the day by adjusting the positioning of your window shades.
Automated shades often feature the capability of connecting your blinds to motion and location sensors, thermostats and much more. As a result, you can have your shades automatically react when it’s too cold or hot, when you’re home or away, preventing any and all worst case storm scenarios to protect your home.
Additionally while you’re away, automated shades can be a great way to increase the appearance of someone being at home. Simple timers that turn your lights off and on every day will not provide that “lived-in” look that will steer any unwanted strangers. This can prevent someone from taking an unauthorized peek and could make your home less of a target for burglary.
For more than 30 years, Ver-Tex Shade Solutions has been the industry leader for design & installation of window treatments and construction specialties products. From commercial to residential environments, Ver-Tex has made it their passion to offer safe and secure solutions to your homes through their window treatment products. Visit Ver-Tex’s Boston showroom today and get started on keeping your home safe for the holidays by contacting Ver-Tex at (781) 332-3030.
Also referred to as cellular shades, honeycomb shades offer an array of benefits. Liven up your space with bold, modern colors and patterns that range from orange to blue to every color in between. Honeycomb shades come in a wide variety of opacities including sheer, semi-sheer, semi-opaque and blackout. There are countless options, all of which allow you to control the light. Regardless of the shape of the window, Ver-Tex can provide honeycomb shades that meet your needs.
Goodbye Cold Air
A major benefit to having honeycomb shades in your home is that they keep you warmer in the winter and help you cool down in the summer. When hot or cold air tries to find its way through the materials, it gets trapped in the cells and keeps your comfortable.
Honeycomb shades are similar to regular shades where you can raise the bottom up. You can also lower to top down, making these shades ideal for those seeking some privacy. This upgrade feature is called top-down-bottom-up. Since honeycomb shades allow you to leave the lower portion of the window covered and the upper half open, these are great maintaining privacy while still being able to get some natural light and view the outside.
If you opt for cordless honeycomb shades, you can easily lift or lower these by hand. These are perfect for homeowners with children running around so they won’t get caught in the cords. In addition to this, cordless shades offer a sleeker look. Keep in mind that, in order to operate these, you must be able to reach the top of the shade.
Ready for new window treatments at your Boston home or business? Contact Ver-Tex at 781-332-3030.We offer the broadest range of solutions, meaning we can help you select the perfect treatment for your home.