Today’s modern, fast-paced lifestyle is all about convenience. From fridges that add milk to your shopping list when you’re running low and vacuum cleaners that work on their own, there aren’t many household appliances that aren’t ‘smart’ these days. While you may have experimented with a smart globe or two for internal and external lighting, did you know that your roller shutters and outdoor blinds can be part of the smart home mix too? Nu Style Shutters is one of Perth’s leading suppliers of high quality outdoor blinds, roller shutters and other shade solutions and we strive to be an industry-leader, staying on top of the latest innovations and technologies in our field. Read on to see just how easy it is to smarten up your shutters with a Wi-Fi hub and all the possibilities it can create.
Purchase a Wi-Fi Hub
For just an additional $250, you can have a Wi-Fi hub fitted and installed at the same time as your Nu Style roller shutters or outdoor blinds. This small device is simply plugged into a power socket and then paired to your home internet network. It can be used to operate any of our wireless remote roller shutters via an easy-to-use App called Home Mate.
The Home Mate App
The Home Mate App can go be installed on an iPhone, iPad or other Android device and allows you to control your shutters from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection.
- Set timers to open and close your roller shutters and outdoor blinds. For example, have them go up in the morning to let the sun in just as it’s time to wake up, put them down when you leave for work, back up just before you arrive home down at bed time.
- Combine the individual motors into groups and name them such as,” living area”, or “all bedrooms”. You could even have a “front security” group or “theatre windows” group – the options are endless.
What are the Benefits of Smart Roller Shutters?
If you are considering or already have automated roller shutters, you might be wondering if you should spend a little extra on the Wi-Fi hub. Here’s a few reasons that might convince you!
Improve Your Home Security
The hub and App allow you to open and close your shutters even when you are away from home. Gone to work and forgotten to close them? or worse, taken off overseas and left your roller shutters open? Away on holidays and want to make it look like someone is home? All you need to do it open the App on your smart device and you have total control over the security of your home.
The ability to control your roller shutters from a distance should not be underestimated. On a hot day, have your roller shutters come down to prevent the hot summer sun coming in and open them again before you arrive home from work. Hopped into bed on a cold winter night and left your shutters open? Reach for your phone and close them without moving from your toasty warm bed.
Increase Energy Efficiency
This smart feature can make your home more energy-efficient. With the flexibility to control your roller shutters remotely, you can adjust your roller shutters throughout the day to take advantage of the suns natural warmth in winter or create shade in summer, meaning you have a lower reliance on heating and cooling systems. Not only is this better for the environment you will see serious savings on your power bills too.
I Already Have a Smart Home System; Do I Need to Buy the Wi-Fi Hub?
Not all roller shutters are compatible with every smart home system. If you are planning to integrate your new shutters into your existing smart home hub, you will need to discuss this with us during your consultation. It’s important to note that the Home Mate App allows a wide variety of control options specifically designed for roller shutters and blinds, and if you choose the Wi-Fi hub it will not interfere with your existing smart home set-up. Many clients choose to use our Wi-Fi hub in conjunction with another smart home system.
If you would like to learn more or if you would like a free quotation for roller shutters and outdoor blinds for your Perth home or business, get in touch with the friendly team at Nu Style Shutters today. Call us on 1300 798 776 or enquire online now.