Solar Sensors Improve Energy Efficiency

Solar sensors for energy efficient window treatmentsDid you know that you lose a great deal of your heated or air conditioned air through your windows? Even with great high quality windows, the energy efficiency of your home is greatly impacted by your window treatments. Your window treatments help you make the most of the energy from the sun by blocking it during hot months and harnessing it during cold months. Perfect for the extreme weather conditions we can have here in the Baltimore area throughout the year!

As part of Hunter Douglas Platinum™ Technology motorization systems, solar energy sensors help you control your window treatments automatically. Using easy-to-program controls, your blinds or shades will open, close, or traverse based on exposure to sunlight and your energy goals. There’s never been a better time to motorize your window treatments. We can add a Platinum to system to most any Hunter Douglas blind or shade, even if you already have them installed.

How Does the Solar Sensor Control Window Treatments?

During the hottest part of the day, the battery-powered sensor detects the amount of solar energy entering the home through the window and sends out a wireless signal that automatically opens or closes window treatment to maximize energy efficiency in the room.

The sensor features two unique energy saving modes:

Solar Sensor Summer Mode

  • Lowers/closes shades during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Reduces the amount of solar heat (ultraviolet rays) entering the home by lowering the shade(s), keeping the room cooler in the hot summer months.
  • Activates shade operation when solar energy at the window reaches the set thermal threshold level.
  • Retains the cool air in a room by lowering the shade(s), saving on cooling costs in the summer.

Solar Sensor Winter Mode

  • Raises/opens shades during the warmest times of the day.
  • Closes shades automatically when the temperature drops outside, keeping the warm air inside.
  • Allows for solar heat from the sun to enter a room through the window and warm the room in the cold winter months, saving on heating costs.
  • Activates shade operation when solar energy at the window reaches the set thermal threshold level.

Energy Efficient Window Treatments in Baltimore

Windo VanGo is the premier Hunter Douglas Gallery in the Baltimore, MD, area, serving residential and commercial clients throughout the counties of Baltimore, Baltimore City, Howard, Carroll, Hartford, and Anne Arundel.  Contact us today for a design consultation!