Replacing your windows is a huge investment and you want to make sure you choose the best product for your property. With advances in window technology, there are many more things to consider. In the past, your main concerns may have been how many window panes you need and what materials you should choose for the sash. But now you need to consider if it is worth investing in automated windows. This article explains some of the best features of automated, or smart, windows. You should definitely consider these if you want to make the most out of your windows and bring your home into the modern age.
Smart Phone Capabilities
Whenever shopping for automated windows, you want to choose a product that is compatible with your smart phone or tablet. But make sure it also has a separate, designated controller. You don't want to only be able to control your windows with your smart phone application. In many instances, it can be inconvenient to have to interrupt whatever you are doing on your phone to open an application and control your windows. But, in other instances, being able to control your windows from the mobile application is very advantageous. You don't even need to be in the room, in the house, or even in the country to control your windows long as you have an Internet connection.
Integrated Security Systems
One of the most important things to consider when investing in automated windows is your security system. Many manufactures don't coordinate with a security or alarm system providers. You don't want an automated window that cannot be integrated with an established security firm. Also, when you buy an integrated system, you end up with much better customer service. This allows you to communicate directly with the security company's support staff to figure out not only security issues, but also operational issues with your windows.
If you want the most functional automated windows, you should also choose a product that allows you to open and close the sash, and also allows you to draw the blinds. If the point of automated windows is to allow you to control them without having to actually get up and touch them, you want to make sure both your blinds and the sashes are automated. If you are getting up to close the blinds because they are not automated but the window sash is, it kind of defeats the purpose.
Automated windows might seem excessive, but they are smart investment if you plan on being at your property for many years. Next time you're facing a window replacement, keep automated windows in mind.