It’s no secret that homeowners are looking to technology to make their lives easier. In fact, according to a 2015 report entitled “The State of the Smart Home” by tech company icontrol Networks, 50% of North American consumers plan on buying at least one smart home product in the next year. The report also found that 68% of North American consumers would like a master remote control to manage all of their household preferences.
While it may not tackle the entire household, the Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization blind system is a start. The winner of a 2015 Window Covering Manufacturing Association design innovation award, PowerView allows homeowners to pre-set window treatments into “Scenes” (for example, “Good Morning” or “Lazy Saturday”) or different combinations of shade positioning based on light, privacy and room ambience. Users download the free PowerView app and use their smartphones to either switch treatments at will throughout the day, schedule Scenes to change automatically at specific times, or set Scenes to adjust with sunrise or sunset. It’s worth noting that the system is not light sensor-activated; rather, PowerView calculates sunrise and sunset times based on your home’s location.
You can also control the system via PowerView’s Pebble remote control (similar to a smartwatch). A second remote, the Pebble Scene Controller allows you to preview different combinations before settling on a winner. Juggling two controllers may be overkill, particularly since the system is designed to simplify your life, so the app might be your best bet.
While you’re driving the controls from your desk at work—or even from a weekend getaway—your window treatments are shifting and rearranging themselves into your desired matrix. Just remember to give your at-home spouse and kids a heads-up.
Be strategic with window coverings by blocking out the afternoon sun in summer. Closing window coverings can add up to a savings of 660 kWh per year.