Op­er­ate your mo­tor­ized win­dow coverings by mo­bile app

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

Ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts, mo­tor­ized shades are hot­ter than ever – and no won­der. En­ergy man­age­ment, con­ve­nience, glare con­trol, pri­vacy and se­cu­rity, UV pro­tec­tion for fur­ni­ture and car­pet­ing, plus an in­creas­ing num­ber of sky­lights and hard-to-reach win­dows are cited as the lead­ing rea­sons why.

With or with­out power, Hunter Dou­glas win­dow treat­ments ex­cel as win­dow dress­ing so­lu­tions. Now the com­pany has an­nounced its new Plat­inum App to give you more pre­cise than ever be­fore of its bat­tery-pow­ered prod­ucts from your mo­bile de­vice.

This is the first ‘shade-con­trol’ app avail­able as a free down­load with no ser­vice fees. The Plat­inum App is con­trolled di­rectly from an Ap­ple mo­bile de­vice – and the setup is easy and re­quires min­i­mal hard­ware. Af­ter a few short, pre­lim­i­nary steps, the app lets you op­er­ate all the Hunter Dou­glas win­dow coverings in your home (or in your rooms) at the same time, or one shade at a time – in real time. Or, you can use the timer fea­ture to sched­ule your shade move­ment for later. Op­er­ate the win­dow coverings by scene (ac­tiv­ity), by room or by time.

The Plat­inum App puts you in con­trol with­out com­pli­cated wiring or the added ex­pense of an elec­tri­cian. Other ben­e­fits at your fin­ger­tips will be:

• En­hanced en­ergy ef­fi­ciency: You can set your shades to lower when the sun is the hottest or raise them in the win­ter to let in the so­lar heat to help man­age heat­ing and cool­ing costs. You can also ad­just win­dow cov­er­ing vanes and slats to har­vest light deep into the room to re­duce the need for ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing.

• Con­ve­nience: With the app, any me­dia room takes on a “Hol­ly­wood­ian” air. Pre­fer your win­dow dress­ings po­si­tioned a par­tic­u­lar way when you’re read­ing? No prob­lem. Cre­ate a per­son­al­ized “scene” with the app and it will move the win­dow treat­ments to the ex­act po­si­tion you wish, when­ever you wish. It’s sim­ple to pro­gram and easy to use. In fact, a sin­gle swipe of the app’s slider bars can tilt and raise or lower the prod­uct.

• Glare con­trol: Hav­ing trou­ble with the glare on your com­puter screen while fin­ish­ing that pro­posal for the of­fice or emails to friends and fam­ily? The app gives you to­tal con­trol.

• Pri­vacy and se­cu­rity: Many homes th­ese days are built cheek-to-jowl, re­quir­ing some­thing spe­cial to guard one’s pri­vacy and se­cu­rity…and com­fort level. The app lets you ad­just your win­dow fash­ions for when you are not at home. Set scenes and raise them dur­ing the day, lower them at night, or raise some and lower oth­ers to avoid sus­pi­cion and help pro­tect your home.

• UV pro­tec­tion: We all know the havoc the sun’s ul­tra­vi­o­let rays play on our skin. The same holds true with art­work and fur­nish­ings. If ex­posed to too much sun­light they can fade, dis­colour or be­come oth­er­wise dam­aged. Ob­tain the happy medium – sun pro­tec­tion with light and a view – with prod­ucts such as Sil­hou­ette and Pirou­ette win­dow shad­ings. The sheer fac­ings pro­tect against UV rays even when the vanes are open. With the app, you can ad­just the vanes as the sun be­comes brighter and more con­trol is needed.

• Dif­fi­cult-to-reach win­dows: We all love the look of sky­lights and over­sized win­dows, but most of us don’t like hav­ing to get out the lad­ders to reach them. Hunter Dou­glas points to its SkyLift, a new sys­tem that cov­ers sky­light win­dow open­ings of up to 80 square feet. The Plat­inum App works on prod­ucts with this op­tion as well, for con­trol above and be­yond ex­pec­ta­tions.

• Child safety: Mo­tor­ized treat­ments are free of op­er­at­ing cords, mak­ing them ideal for homes with tots un­der­foot.

Mo­tor­iza­tion has gone mo­bile and it’s not go­ing back. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able online at www.hun­ter­dou­glas.ca.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.