PELLA, IA – February 7, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — This year, builders and consumers looking to incorporate smart home features will be able to add convenient new technology designed to help save effort and energy.
Pella® Windows and Doors highlights its newest innovation, SmartSync technology, at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show® (IBS) in Orlando Feb. 8 – 11. Pella® SmartSync technology is an integrated system that allows shades or blinds — like snap-in options in Pella Designer Series® windows and patio doors — to be controlled easily by a remote control or by a home or building automation system through Web-enabled devices like computers and most smart phones.
Booth W1129 showcases home automation technology
Pella SmartSync technology activates in Schlage’s booth W1129 in the West Hall at IBS. Pella will be featured in the re-launched Schlage® LiNKTM system, which now expands as Nexia™ Home Intelligence — a smart home automation system that according to Schlage, “helps your home speak one simple language.”
The Nexia system gives consumers a convenient, affordable way to self-monitor and control access to their home 24 hours a day, seven days a week whether they are home or away. The Nexia Home Intelligence system is supported by Ingersoll Rand brands Schlage® and Trane®. Nexia enables consumers to remotely manage features and functions of their homes including door locks, heating and cooling systems, lights, security cameras, and blinds or shades.
Designed with purpose
Upon its entry into the emerging smart home market later in 2012, Pella will provide products that can be easily integrated through SmartSync technology to provide convenience and peace of mind. With SmartSync you can program blinds or shades to open and close on your desired schedule, to help your home look occupied whether you are home or away, any time of the day or night.
“Like other Pella products, Pella SmartSync technology is designed with purpose. It’s engineered to add convenient features, peace of mind and ultimately help save energy,” said Polly Tousey, Pella strategic programs manager. “For example, homeowners can quickly and conveniently adjust blinds or shades in Pella windows to control light, privacy and help save energy in their home or business,” she said.
To help save energy, Pella suggests homeowners open southern-facing window treatments in the winter to help let in the sun’s warming rays during the day, and close them at night to help keep heat in as outdoor temperatures drop. Likewise, closing blinds or shades during the day in the summer helps limit interior heat gain, helping reduce potential cooling costs.
Tousey said the Pella SmartSync technology helps increase a home or building’s energy efficiency. In fact, between-the-glass blinds or shades featuring this technology can manage the sun’s light and heat over two times more efficiently than windows without blinds or shades, according to Tousey.
“When Pella SmartSync systems are integrated with a home automation system to create a carefully-controlled interior environment, the energy usage of a home can be optimized easily and efficiently,” Tousey said.
Industry innovation leader
Pella debuted windows with between-the-glass blinds in 1966. Today, it offers a variety of optional blinds and shades between glass in its windows and doors.
“Pella is again leading the industry and helping home and business owners conveniently save energy through its newest sustainable solution — SmartSync technology,” Tousey said. “Look for more information about the availability of this dynamic, energy-saving innovation from Pella later this year,” she said.
With an 87-year history of innovation, Pella is known for making outstanding products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity and practicing environmental stewardship.
Pella Corporation is a leader in designing, testing, manufacturing and installing energy-efficient windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement applications.
Pella manufactures quality windows, patio doors and entry door systems sold through a Direct Sales Network operating Pella Window & Door Showrooms across the United States and Canada. For more information, call 888-847-3552 or visit pella.com. Follow Pella on Twitter.com @Pella_News, on Facebook at facebook.com/pellawindowsanddoors and on YouTube at youtube.com/pellawindowsanddoors.
About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand, Schlage Thermo King® and Trane — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Schlage is the leader in security devices, trusted for 90 years, spanning both the commercial and residential markets. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or schlage.com.
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