energy and environment
saving energy and helping the environment
With energy costs continually rising the need to conserve energy and thus save money has never been more pertinent. Many forward thinking homeowners are turning to home automation as a tool to help them keep their property warm during the colder months.
Through the heat from sunlight passing through windows your home will naturally warm up during the day. Even in winter the amount of free heat that can be gained this way is quite significant.
energy efficiency in winter
However, winter means that the nights draw in earlier and your home will then begin to cool down again quite rapidly. Most of the warmth will be lost via your window areas due to radiant heat loss through the glass and other window components.
The effects of heat loss can be reduced through the use of curtains and blinds, which create a pocket of air between them and the glass.
As a result less air comes into contact with the window area, meaning the property retains more heat. The problem being that we are often at work or out of the home for other reasons when day turns to night and heat loss increases.
retaining heat with automation
Through the use of automated curtains and blinds with appropriate sensors, it is possible to retain the heat. This dynamic insulation approach ensures that binds and curtains are open when the sun is shining and thus makes use of the free energy, before closing them as dusk approaches.
Settings can be tweaked during the warmer months as required to make your home a cool sanctuary from the summer heat.
In addition to having your curtains and blinds set to close when the heat becomes too much; you have the option of programming the control centre to bring down the external awning. This way the room can be shaded, without losing the views of the outside world. Keeping your home cool in the summer removes the need to run fans or air conditioning; saving you money and helping the environment.
Advice on energy saving in your home: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
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