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 had 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 homeowner could afford.
“Budget Blinds ® and Lutron® has made home automation affordable and easy to use,” said Brian Gargan, owner of Budget Blinds serving San Angelo for the past 12 years. “Normally, when you start to look at home automation with window coverings for most homeowners, it’s not really an affordable option; now it is.”
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 a 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. “Before, I would chuckle when a customer would ask me for shades that will close when you verbally command them to, but now it's here! 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 Gargan. “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 very energy efficient and available in a wide variety of materials colors. The shades are operated by a battery that last 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,” said Gargan. “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.”
The Lutron technology leads the industry. Not only was the company the first to invent the light dimmer in the late 1950s, it has also invested hundreds of lighting control devices and systems, and has 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 Sitko.
For more information on the Budget Blinds and Lutron Smart Home integrated home automation system, contact Budget Blinds in San Angelo at (325) 939-8454, or by visiting BBSmartHomeSanAngelo.com