<h2 style="margin: 10pt 0in 0pt"><font size="3" color="#990000">Sophisticated sun control saves energy and makes life easier</font></h2><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">(ARA) – Do you ever wish you could create an outdoor environment that would be comfortable and safe from the sun, while also having a positive impact on the environment? This can be your reality with motorized awnings, window coverings and rolling shutters. Motorization has many benefits, one of which is reducing heat gain and loss, creating a more energy efficient home.</span></p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">By providing shade to windows and patio doors, interior temperatures can be significantly reduced, which will reduce cooling costs. According to an energy study conducted by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association, more energy is lost through glass doors and windows than through any other part of the home. On a hot day, more energy comes through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall. Solar radiation through glass is responsible for approximately 20 percent of the load on an air conditioner.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">The insulating benefits of awnings and window coverings are enhanced with motorization that is so easy to use, that you’ll find yourself using them more frequently. At the press of a button, shades can raise or lower and awnings can extend or retract to meet your needs. Control options are compatible with both interior window coverings and awnings and can be used together or separately. They include hand-held remotes, wireless wall switches and timers that you can program to operate shades at predefined times, or sensors that can automatically lower shades and extend awnings when the sun reaches its strongest intensity. There is also a wind sensor for an awning that automatically retracts it upon detecting wind generated movements, so your investment is always protected. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">In addition to their energy efficiency, motorized awnings are also a great addition to your home for other reasons. They make your deck or patio a more enjoyable area that extends your living space. You can turn your outdoors into a comfortable space that you’ll use time and again with family and friends without the worry of intense sun or other weather factors. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Automated window treatments offer additional benefits beyond saving energy. Motorization provides a safe and easy solution for accessing window treatments that are hard to reach, whether they are in a high foyer or even above a bathtub or sink. They allow you to reduce harsh glare when viewing television or computer screens, without interrupting your activity. Also, they eliminate dangling cords, creating a safer environment for small children or pets. </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p><div style="text-align: center"><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="425" height="282"><param name="movie" value="../images/banners/8c.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="menu" value="false" /><param name="wmode" value="" /><embed src="../images/banners/8c.swf" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="282"></embed></object></div>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Motorization is also available for rolling shutters that are especially popular in hurricane-prone areas. These systems protect your property during storms and can actually detect weather conditions and react automatically, which provides peace of mind, even when you’re away from the property.<span>  </span>Motorized rolling shutters also reduce heat gain and loss and provide added security, making them a popular option for areas of the country that experience significant sun.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">"Awnings and window coverings enhance the beauty of your home," says Tracy Christmann, marketing manager for Somfy Systems, Inc. "Both come in a wide variety of decorative colors and designs which will give your home added value and create a space that you’ll always enjoy. Motorized rolling shutters give you peace of mind and added security; you have the pleasure of knowing that you’re improving your quality of life while also reducing energy consumption." </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">To learn more about how you can bring your home to life with an automated retractable awning, window coverings or rolling shutters contact Somfy at (877) 43-SOMFY to receive a free information kit or to find the name of a Somfy Expert retailer in your area. Visit them on the Web at <a href="http://www.somfysystems.com/">www.somfysystems.com</a> .</p>  <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Courtesy of ARAcontent</span></p></span>