In the beginning we were looking for a way to motorize existing indoor blinds and shades but no good solutions were available.
Although nearly all home-automation companies used motorized blinds in their marketing, we could not find anything for retrofitting. The only options we found would force the replacement of existing products with more expensive ones. In addition an electrician would have to install it.
We thought there should be a better way. Our goal was very clear. We wanted to produce a motor for window coverings that is universal, affordable, strong, silent, simple to install and app controlled for manually adjusted blinds. The result is MOVE / MOVEZ.
Explore the benefits with smart shades
With motorized blinds the never-ending job of pulling them up and down and adjusting them to various positions is history.
Experience the convenience and ease of having smart shades. With MOVE it's never been more easy. You are in full control of how your blinds will operate using your smartphone or the physical button on the unit or set automations based on sun, temperature or a time schedule
There are several benefits in having MOVE control your blinds and shades.
Motorized blinds and shades save energy
By controlling your blinds and shades automatically and with the app you can reduce your energy consumption. If you combine a smart automatic control with blinds that have a good isolating impact you can substantially reduce your energy costs.
Almost 40% of total energy consumption is used to heat, cool and operate electronic appliances in houses, public and private offices, shops and other buildings.
Improving energy performance in buildings is a top priority in all energy efficiency plans because heating and cooling accounts for a large part of total energy consumption. Knowing that windows are the weakest part of a building regarding energy performance, it can also be concluded that in the future there will be greater focus on reducing energy loss through windows in new construction and renovations.
Both heating and cooling costs can be reduced by controlling existing indoor blinds and shades optimally.
Heating from sunlight
To counteract warming through glass surfaces, different types of window coverings for both outdoor and indoor exist. Outdoor window coverings such as awnings and screens can reduce the heating in a room from sunlight by up to 80%. Many external window coverings have the disadvantage that the wind can make them unusable at times. An indoor window covering can generally reduce the heating of a room from sunlight by up to 20%.
Using an air conditioner three hours for cooling has an average power consumption of 10.5 kWh (energyusecalculator.com). If you live in a warm climate the cooling costs can be as high as 70% of the total energy consumption in the building.
Heat loss through windows
Glass is a very poor insulator and a building loses a significant part of its heat through the windows. By using the formula HL=WA x U x (Del) T, we can calculate the heat loss in a window that is 1.2 meters wide and 1.5 meters high and has a U-value of 2.5 W / m 2 ° C. The outdoor temperature is 0 degrees and the indoor temperature is 18 degrees. The total heat loss of the double-glazed window becomes 81 W.
With the formula above it’s possible to estimate that the average 30-50% of heat loss in a room in cold weather is due to losses through windows. Many outdoor window coverings have no impact at all in this regard, but indoor window treatments can also be used as an insulator to prevent heat loss through the windows. Common indoor window treatment products may reduce heat loss through windows by 5-15%.
Motorized blinds may reduce sun fading
You can protect exposed areas from sun fading. Direct sun exposure can severely damage surfaces. By motorizing your blinds and shades to make them act automatically based on sun conditions, your window coverings will close when the sun is too intense. This will increase the life length of your floors, sofas, wall paintings, walls, flowers, rugs and more. The best part of all of this is that MOVE will do all of this for you, easily and without effort. You will no longer have to worry about manually adjusting your window coverings throughout the day, as they will be automated with MOVE.