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How to Stay Cool with Lighting and Shading Control

How Smart Controls Keep You Comfortable in Your California Home

How to Stay Cool with Lighting and Shading Control

Summertime can get pretty hot in Rancho Santa Fe, California, with degrees getting up into the 90s. So how do stay cool without leaving the AC on all the time? The U.S. Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling use almost half of the energy in a typical U.S. household. But there are ways to avoid using so much energy and still prevent you from sweating at home. Lighting and shading control will help you in the battle against a sweltering summer. Here are some ways that automated shades and lighting can keep you comfortable without making your electricity bill skyrocket. 

Use Custom Mobile Controls for Your Lights and Shades

One of the best things about having a smart home is being able to customize it for your everyday needs and personal preferences. When summer comes, you can set your Savant system to maintain a certain temperature and save energy at the same time.

Savant has a climate control system and an app that you can use on your phone or tablet to adjust your home’s features at any time. For example, program your motorized shades to lower every day at 11 a.m. when the sun is strong, and then raise at dusk. Time your lights to turn on once those shades go down to give you more light, and dim in the morning.

You could also set your thermostat to lower when it’s hottest, and then raise it once the sun goes down. Then, save the settings to a title of your choosing like “cool down” or “summer mode” so you don’t have to do all the work of putting in the settings again manually.

Install Different Shades for Your Every Need

The beauty of a Savant control system is that it is compatible with many different manufacturers, including Qmotion shades. These two technologies will work together to bring you amazing benefits. With Qmotion, you get both performance and beauty. They have fabrics that block UV rays at various levels, including super sheer and blackout. The amount of light you want allowed into your home is up to you. Use super sheer shades in the winter to let daylight in and heat the room, and blackout shades in the summer to give your AC a break.

Our smart solutions never sacrifice beauty for functionality. Get the color and the fabric you want and still reap amazing benefits in the process.

Once you have your automated shades and lighting in place, all you have to do is customize your controls. We can blend the wallplate controller in with your wall, or use it as an accent. Include shading controls, light controls, and fan speeds, too. Of course you always have your Savant app on a mobile device to make adjustments—whether you are at your summer cabin on vacation miles away or sitting on the patio at home.

Our team can design a climate control and energy-saving system that keeps you cool in the summer, or warm in the winter too! Just fill out this online form to get started!