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Many new windows are equipped with cutting edge technologies that allow for remote control. Smart windows are only going to become more and more popular. They are also bound to get cheaper and better over the years. Many of their features are simply flashy, but you might hardly ever use them. However, there are many smart features that will hugely improve your windows and make them easier to use. This article will explains a few features that you should look for if you are considering investing in smart windows in your home.
Smart Phone Integration
The most helpful feature is full smart phone integration. Most smart windows will offer a brand-specific application that allows you to control the windows. However, the control features vary from brand to brand. Some might only allow you to open the window sash or operate the blinds. Others might only give you the ability to monitor the security features of the window.
Operating the Window Sashes and Blinds
With a smart phone-integrated window, you will firstly want to be able to open and close the window sashes. This is very helpful if you windows are high, hard to reach or blocked by furniture. Also, larger windows can become difficult to operate because of the weight. A motorized window, with simple control buttons on a smart phone allows you to bypass these problems. In fact, you can often close your windows when you aren't even in the room. Some more advanced systems allow you to close your windows when you aren't even at the house.
You may also want a window that allows you to control the blinds. This can make your home much more energy efficient. You can pre-program your blinds to close at certain times to prevent heat loss during the winter and allow maximum retention when you are running your air conditioner during the summer. Or you can close your blinds with your smart phone app if you want to block the sun while you watch TV.
Monitoring Home Security
Smart windows allow you to monitor your home security even when you are away. You can be instantly notified via your phone if any of the window fixtures are breached or opened. This will give you unmatched piece of mind when traveling.
With the ever-growing availability and production of smart windows, they are likely to become even more convenient, practical, usable, and affordable.
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