How many remotes do you have throughout your home? How many wall switches control everything happening in your home from the home speaker system to the garage door opener? What if you could electronically open and close the window shades with ease right from you iPad or tablet computer? Yes, it’s that easy.
What’s the Platinum App?
You love your apps and now there is one to control your Hunter Douglas Powerrise 2.1 and PowerGlide 2.1 window coverings using your iPad, iPhone or your iPod Touch. Look at some of the features of this system.
• You can use them to control the natural light in the room. Just choose one of the scenes, such as Summer Afternoon. This allows the shades on the east side of your home raise and those on the west side lower.
Perhaps you want some privacy during the daytime. Not a problem, select the right setting on the app and the vanes of the Silhouette window shades offered by the company open wide.
Time the operation to just what and when you want. You can set where you want your window coverings not only at specific times during the day, but also various days of the week.
Allow it to control windows room-by-room if you like.
Control individual window coverings. You can program it to control every single shade, drapery or window panel in your home, office or apartment.
To use this Hunter Douglas app, you will need to have the right components. This includes the Platinum App Bridge, which is the brain of the system. It holds all of the programming data and it will send a signal to the appropriate window covering using the Platinum Repeaters. You’ll also need the Platinum Repeater Kit, which includes the power supply you need. You’ll need one for each room.
You’ll need to use your Apple device with an iOS 5.0+ operating system to control it. It does provide you with free updates, too.
Would you control your window shades using the Hunter Douglas Platinum App? If you want ultimate control with real time programming options, there’s nothing quite like sitting back and controlling everything with the touch of your iPad.
Here’s just a sample of the work being done for residents at Tempo, a brand new condominium in Gramercy Park at 300 E. 23rd Street. We’ve installed these Hunter Douglas Nantucket Shades, Electric Solar Shades, Custom Curtains and Motorized Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shades (See images bellow). Check New Developments on our website for more to come!
It’s been a busy week for Horizon! Some of the condominiums at Tempo on 300 East 23rd Street are receiving gorgeous new treatments for their floor-to-ceiling windows.
The staff is installing Hunter Douglas silhouette shades, electric solar shades, and blackout shades and curtains into some of the rooms. The glass-walled exterior at Tempo provides a stunning view of Gramercy, but with shades that diffuse light or darken the room, the condos’ black oak wood floors will be retained. Now, the homeowners can choose how much light they want in their sun-drenched rooms. Opening and closing treatments is convenient and impressive with electric shades, which makes it easy to simply enjoy the luxury of large windows.
In the past, motorized window treatments would need to be hard-wired into your room in order to function. But now, with the various advances in modern technology, that need is no longer an issue and the motor no longer requires permanent residence in your electrical system.
“Homes with two-story windowed focal walls are perfect candidates for motorized window treatments. Rather than managing 20 feet of pull cord or hauling out the step stool to reach the pull cords, the homeowner can open and close these treatments with the push of a button.”
So if you’ve been looking for a motorized window treatment, but have been turned-off in the past by the thought of cumbersome electrics being hard-wired into your wall, give us a call or email us and let Horizon take care of all of your custom window treatments; motorized or other.
The Federal Tax Credits for some approved energy efficient home products has been extended for 2011, however the amounts have been reduced.
Covering manufacturer Hunter Douglas are among those products, and with more than 180 color and design choices, one of the most strikingly beautiful ones at that. They are the first and only window shades without add-on insulation systems to qualify for the credit.
Greenguard, or the Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) as it is formally known, is an organization dedicated to protecting the health of people and improving quality of life specifically by reducing the amount of chemical exposure people have, especially when it comes to indoor air quality. The organization works to provide a third party certification program. When a company’s products are certified, this signals that the product meets specific emission standards in the home or in surroundings where humans are. Certification means that the products offered by the company are low emitting products. The organization itself establishes the criteria of what levels of control are necessary and they can be rigorous.
How does Greenguard affect window treatments? This is the perfect example of how this company works. When a manufacturer designs window treatments that are to be safer for the home, such as using fewer chemicals in the production process, Greenguard will take that product and perform tests on it. This allows the consumer to get a clear picture of what will happen when that product is placed within the home.
The process of producing most things, including window treatments, allows chemicals to enter into the material. These chemicals are then present in the home where they can be breathed in by humans. If a product passes the Greenguard certification, this means that the product is safe and meets the rigorous safety levels the organization has put into place.
For a healthier and safer home or work environment, look for window treatments that have the Greengaurd seal of approval. There are only a few manufacturers who have actually produced products that meet this need, though. One of the most popular of them is Hunter Douglas. Their products ensure that indoor air quality is maintained and the products are environmentally friendly. Hunter Douglas products, then, get the Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified marking on them.