Window Coverings

Automating your window coverings can bring convenience, security and energy savings.  Motorized internal and external blinds and shutters can add significant value to your premise and give you peace of mind.

 

Automated Exterior Window Coverings

Window coverings can provide security, privacy and a decorative aspect to your home or commercial building. Exterior window solutions include:

Which of these you choose will depend on your personal or company requirements.  Below is a comparative table (courtesy of Somfy)

Requirement Roller shutter   Awnings   External Venetian blind Exterior 

Vertical screen

Security **** **** *** *
Energy savings ***** ***** **** **
Sound insulation ***** ***** **** *
Aesthetics * * ***** ****
Shading **** **** *** ***
Transparency/ Control of natural light ** *** *** *

External window coverings can be programmed with a number of different options such as:

  • Automated lowering of external blinds at sunset or other predefined time for energy insulation and security
  • Touch button lowering of outside awnings and shutters when required to block out light
  • Automated lowering of external blinds or shutters based on interior room temperatures in summer to cut energy costs.
  • Remote opening/closing of exterior blinds for security and access

 

Motorised Interior Window Coverings

Internal window coverings can provide similar benefits to external coverings in terms of privacy and energy efficiency as well as light blocking. Internal  window products can be programmed to automatically adjust their positions during the day to incoming block solar heating while still allowing natural sunlight into your home. This will not only help you save electricity bills, but will help increase the privacy and safety of your home.

Automated interior window solutions include:

Which of these you choose will depend on your personal or company requirements.  Below is a comparative table (courtesy of Somfy).

Requirements Curtains Venetian blinds

 

Roller blinds Roman blinds
/pleated blinds
Privacy **** **** **** *****
Shading ***** *** ***** ****
Managing natural light *** ***** **** ***
Thermal protection * *** * ****

Internal window coverings can be programmed with a number of different options such as:

  • Automated lowering/raising of block out blinds sunset/sunrise or other predefined time
  • Touch button lowering/raising of blinds as required on mobile device, switches or touch panels
  • Automated lowering of internal blinds or shutters based on interior room temperatures in summer to cut energy costs.
  • Remote opening/closing of internal blinds for temperature management

Voice Control

Blinds can now be controlled by voice control using Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod.  Check out www.smartvoice.com.au for additional information. Smart Automation systems are the proud owner of the Smart Voice control system and can add this to any home automation project.

 

Supported Products

Smart Automation System installs and recommends the following control systems

  • C-bus
  • Nero by Environexus

Smart Automation Systems installs and recommends the following blind motors