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The Ins and Outs of Home Automation: An Interview with BRIMAR

By Marc Thiergart

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Brimar is a Drapery Hardware and Decorative Trimmings supplier dedicated to providing products and solutions for the interior design trade. Our innovative product line enhances interior aesthetics while addressing every project and price level.

Can you briefly explain what home automation is?

Home automation is simply the advancement of technology to make our lives simpler, more efficient and streamlined within the home.

What's the current trend that you've seen for the automation of home electronic devices and systems?

Drapery motorization has been around for many years but the cost and the actual integration into a home automation system has improved dramatically in recent years. Smart phones, tablets and apps are also making it easy to manage the entire house from anywhere in the world.

What are some of the basic options that a homeowner will need to decide on with this technology?

Homeowners must decide on the control method they would like to use to automate their window treatments. Draperies can be controlled by a hand-held remote, wireless wall switch, table top control, timer or overall home automation system. Installers can help guide clients to the proper control technology, whether it be radio technology, Z-Wave®, ZigBee® or others.

How does the initial financial investment compare with the long-term savings that homeowners will get?

When you design your window treatment plan with home automation in mind, the overall savings can be seen in a reduction in your utility bills. For example, your window treatments could be programmed to follow the sun around the house with simple programming. Drapery Motorization is a convenient solution for glare reduction, privacy and protecting furniture from damaging UV rays. It also extends the lifespan of draperies by eliminating the damage associated with manual operation.

Do you have any general advice to help people who are considering home automation technology?

There are many different systems to purchase and the technology changes daily. Be sure to buy the product from a reputable company that has been in the industry and understands the ins and outs of this technology. Brimar offers its MOTRZ brand and Somfy®.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

Brimar only sells to the trade through interior designers. www.brimarinc.com 800.274.1205

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