You probably have a smartphone, and if you want to, you can go out and buy a smart TV. Soon, you may be able to drive a smart car. Smart technology is changing the world, and soon it may change your home, too. Smart windows use LCDFairbanks Paint & Glass or PDLC technology, both of which use liquid crystals interacting with light and electricity. Can't imagine why you'd need a smarter home window than the ones you already have? Check out some of the surprises smart windows have in store for your home.
Curtains Will Be a Thing of the Past
Hate hanging curtains? Say goodbye to them, and say goodbye to blinds and drapes as well. While you could still hang curtains if you just like the look of them, you won't need them anymore to block out the sun. With a smart window, you'll be able to use a remote control to employ a digital shade. At the push of a button, you can have the glass turn dark and block out the sun. If you just want to tone down the brightness a little, you can choose an opaque setting instead. Your privacy and shade levels will be completely customizable.
You'll Use Less Energy
Not only will smart windows make it easy to block out the sun, they'll also make it easier to stop heat from escaping your home in the winter, or creeping in during the summer. These high-tech windows will be able to block far more heat than an ordinary window. And, like the shades, they will also be customizable.
Want to allow some of the sun's heat in on a cold afternoon, so that you don't have to turn on the heat? You can do that. When the sun goes down, turn the control that blocks the airflow between the inside and outside of your home back up to full force, and then turn on your heater. That way, you can be sure that you're not heating the whole outdoors. Best of all, you can control the airflow separately from the sunshine, so if you want your window to display the full summer sunshine, but you don't want any of the heat, you can have that.
You'll Have Window Apps
It's experimental technology right now, but it seems like a sure bet that you'll be able to use your windows like a really big touchscreen tablet, eventually. Access online recipes from the kitchen window and download music from the living room window. You may be able to sync your windows with your home computer so you can easily look up a document or find a file from whatever room you happen to be in.
Smart windows are slowly making their way to the market, so keep your eyes open for new and more advanced replacement window options. Replacing your windows has always been a great way to cut your energy bills and improve the comfort in your home, and it's only getting better as window technology increases.
For more information about window replacement, contact Fairbanks Paint & Glass or a similar company.