Cutting HVAC Costs with Motorized Shading

Cutting HVAC Costs with Motorized Shading



Draper motorized shading for outdoor living areas.

Window treatments do more than pull a room together. They can significantly cut the costs of heating and cooling a home too. Even more so when automated with motorized shades. This energy-efficient option had a big showing at the Custom Electronics Design Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo in Denver from companies such as QMotion, Somfy, Insolroll, MechoShade, Draper and others.

“Roller window shades can be used to either manage light in the room, or to manage temperature,” says Draper home theater sales manager Bob Hadsell. “It is very important for your customers, especially those with large homes that want to control HVAC costs as well as utility costs for the end user.”

Hadsell recommends incorporating motorized shades into new builds as they are easier to prewire homes beforehand as compared to doing a retrofit.

“To a certain extent it will add to the value of a home.”

Draper motorized shades are warranted for 25 years and are Greenguard certified, which means they reduce gas emissions.

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“If you choose the right shade materials, then you can help improve the environment inside the house as well,” says Hadsell.

MechoShade Systems

MechoShade systems can be automated in tandem with the sunrise and sunset. This was demonstrated with a very technical SolarTrac system that alters the shades at certain times of day by measuring heat. When cloudy, the shades are raised. When clear, the shade position is adjusted according to the sun’s angle in the sky.


Insolroll showcased its exterior shades for windows and patios. Using a remote control, wall switch, home automation system or app, they can move up and down as desired. These shades are available up to 16 feet wide and 10 feet tall.

The 2900 combines a shading product with a zipper edge system that forms a complete seal on all four sides and provide insect mitigation as well as sun control.

“Most of the new homes that you see today at the higher level have some sort of outdoor living area that’s an integral part of the home and a major selling feature for the builder. They often find that in the afternoon and west facing windows, that space becomes unusable,” says Insolroll Window Shading Systems national sales manager Earl Cornelius.

“Builders need to provide a level of comfort for the patio that adds to the whole experience and the number of times and time of day you can use the product.”


Somfy introduced its MyLink, a five channel bridge device that controls five individual motorized products or five groups of motorized products. From the app users can create scenes and schedules for certain days and times. It also has a randomized feature to simulate occupancy when users are not home.

One of the shade motors the MyLink can control is the Somfy Sonesse ultra quiet 500 Motor Series, which is “whisper quiet.”



In addition to QMotion’s motorized curtain rods being recognized in the Best New Product Category for the CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards, the company also had its motorized shades on display.


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QMotion demonstrated the “world’s narrowest battery operated motorized shades” at CEDIA. The ultra-quiet shades can go as small as 15.5 inches wide and as long as 96 inches. The smaller shades use AA batteries, while larger ones use D batteries. They can be controlled with a remote and work with home automation systems.

There are over 200 fabrics available, including black out fabrics. Dual shades are also available for simultaneous blackout and decorative use.

Not only do the systems save heating and cooling costs, but Cassie Metzger, QMotion senior brand manager, notes that they also protect furniture from fading.

About The Author

Kelly Mello is a TecHome Builder Staff Writer, creating timely, investigative articles for its eMagazine and Special Reports. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in English: Communications & Rhetoric. She began her writing career in 2007 as editorial assistant for GateHouse Media. From 2010 to 2013, she was local editor for various Patch sites, including

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  1. Deanna R. Jones

    It’s great that there are companies that make battery motorized shades. I can imagine that this must be a really convenient way to control the shades in your home. This must be a good thing to have for seniors who live alone if they can’t get up to adjust the settings for some reason. Sometimes I have to leave my mom home alone, so I’m sure that she would like battery powered shades so that she doesn’t have to get up to adjust them now that she’s recovering from hip surgery. Thanks for the post!


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