Starting Your Smart Home: Motorized Shades
Integrate Window Treatments into Your New System
If you’re new to the smart home world, you’re probably considering the devices that will offer the most benefit to your Decatur property. But which smart automation feature is ideal for you? Motorized shades are one of the best additions you can make to your system. Of course, we understand you have questions. That’s why we’ve put together this blog. We want to make sure you know what you need before investing in smart shading. Learn more after the jump.
What makes motorized shades so special?
The window treatments you choose for a space do a lot to define it. Even before you start getting into the technology aspect, shades can add color, texture and more design elements to any room. But they can also help minimize damage from UV rays, reduce solar heat gain and enhance your personal privacy. Once you add motors and smart technology into the mix, you have some of the most fun, versatile and valuable additions to your home automation system.
Aren’t motors loud?
Motors tend to make noise. That might make some homeowners apprehensive about adding them to their spaces. But manufacturers know that your smart technology is all about comfort – and that includes minimizing the mechanical sounds of your shade rollers. Quiet rollers use dampeners within the rod or casing to minimize the sound of the motor working, so they won’t disturb anyone in the next room over.
Do they move in unison?
Nobody wants to see shades out of alignment. It gives the room a messy, disorganized look. Thankfully, hembar alignment means your shades will move together. You won’t have to worry about one drape closing while the other remains open. Moreover, your integrator can designate zones for your system. If you want one window’s blinds to operate independently of the others, you can program a separate command.
Can I add shades anywhere in my home?
Shades are a versatile solution and there are products that work with just about any window. In most cases, you can add fast-working, reliable, hardwired shades in any room. But there are times when it’s just not possible to hardwire the devices. If that’s the case, battery-powered, wireless solutions are available. For instance, if you’re interested in adding shades to the room above the garage or a satellite pool house, wireless solutions may be the perfect fit. While generally considered not quite as reliable as their hardwired counterparts (you occasionally have to change the batteries), they are an affordable way to automate even the most difficult spaces. And don’t forget: your shades don’t have to stay on the windows. Many homeowners use shading systems to create temporary partitions in rooms, block ambient light from doorways and in other creative ways. Are you interested in learning more about how you can install motorized shades as part of your smart home system? Let us know by clicking here.