Top 10 Reasons to Motorize Your Window Treatments Now
Improve Your Home in 2019 by Adding Motorized Shades: It’s Easy!
10) New Improvements in Motor and Shade Technology Make Systems More Reliable
It’s been shown that motorized blinds and shades are used up to 7 times more than traditional treatments. Additionally, motorized treatments last 50% longer! Automated window fashions are intended for attractiveness and convenience, while new motors are getting quieter than ever–with even better battery endurance. You can rest easy, and quietly, knowing that they will not disturb your day. No more cranks or pull chains, today’s quieter motors move your blinds or shades without the hassle. In fact, your motor will be out of sight, so it won’t be heard or seen.
Imagine a wake-up call like no other
You are greeted each day to the rising sun by setting your bedroom shades with intuitive home automation applications for your phone or tablet. Many of the new motors are warrantied for 5 years and built with a 10+ year lifespan, while the battery lifespan has increased to 12 months or more in many applications. Today, we can even add motorized tilt to our most popular 2″ faux wood blinds, so your blinds will tilt open whenever your alarm goes off in the morning–amazing.
READ MORE: “Somfy Motorized Shade & Blinds Info Source”
9) Child Safety Improved with Cordless Home
Without cords, these window treatments are beautiful and safe. You won’t have to worry about children or pets getting tangled strings, and your décor won’t be disrupted by dangling cords.
Many of our manufacturers, like Graber, have taken significant steps to improve child safety with these features:
- Tension pulleys and tie-down devices to keep continuous-loop pull cords taut
- Tassel ends on lift cords that reduce any risk of entanglement
- Cord stops on horizontal blinds that prevent internal cords from slipping through the louvers
- Cordless lift and motorized lift options that offer ultimate safety‒eliminating the standard cord
READ MORE: “Graber Cord Safety Info Source”
8) Increased Privacy When and Where You Want It
You love your vaulted ceilings, but perhaps that skylight could use a little sprucing up. A motorized operating system with a custom “Pleated Shade” is a simple solution for skylights, tall windows, and other hard to reach treatments!
Imagine you are sitting on your couch watching soap opera and just when things start to get emotional, you see your neighbor peeking through your window. Don’t you wish you can just press a button and close your window blinds to shut that nosy fellow out? Well, with motorized blinds, you can certainly do that.
7) Energy Efficiency with Wi-Fi Thermostats & “Alexa” Integrated Shades
Automatically closing your shades when it’s hot in the Summer and opening them when it’s sunny in the Winter will improve your home’s temperature.
RON CARTER DESIGN TIP: With technology like the Samsung SmartThings Hub, you can easily set your blinds to open and close at specific times of the day – right from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device! With simple-to-use timers, you can quickly and easily reduce your energy bills.
My favorites that fully integrate with home automation hubs are:
- The Nest Learning Thermostat
- The Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat
READ MORE: 6 Best Smart Thermostats of 2019
6) Protect Your Furniture from Harmful UV Rays & Protect Your Window Treatments
Motorized window systems for your blinds and shades will extend the life of your window treatments. The gentle operation of the motor versus pulling/tugging on them every day and night reduces wear and tear. Erratic tugging on the fabric will damage your window treatments and eventually even loosen their hardware, but motorized shades move up and down effortlessly. Studies show that motorized window treatments will last longer than traditional shades, so protect your investment with motorized solar shade upgrades. See some of the advantages of solar shades at this link: “Top Solar Shade Solutions for 2018”
READ MORE: “The Top 12 Unexpected Benefits of Motorization from Somfy”
According to the Florida Solar Energy Center, “Fading of interior furnishings is often attributed to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun passing through windows onto interior surfaces.”
5) Take Advantage of Versatility with Home Automation Technology with a Multitude of Options
Today’s motorized window treatments are available in stylish roller shades, solar shades, transition shades, cellular shades (also known as honeycomb), wood and faux-wood blinds (tilt function) and even draperies. The motors can also be outfitted with solar sensors (Somfy SUNIS INDOOR WIREFREE™ RTS SUN SENSOR) that can regulate home much sun shines into your rooms. Systems like the Somfy SUNIS can close the coverings when the sunlight reaches a specified level in your home, thereby blocking out the heat for a more energy-efficient home. This option can also be controlled by all the major home automation systems like the ones listed below. Things have advanced so much that we can even motorize wood plantation shutters and elegant sheer shades–some even have solar packs to minimize battery changes.
These Home Automation Hubs allow you to control your Motorized Window Treatments from Anywhere
- Samsung SmartThings Hub (MSRP: $129)
- Wink Hub 2 (MSRP: $99)
- Icontrol Networks Piper (MSRP: $279)
- Logitech Harmony Elite (MSRP: $349)
READ THESE REVIEWS: The Best Smart Home Automation Hubs of 2019 & Motorized Window Treatments
4) Add Style to Your Home with Automated Honeycomb Cell Shades in Hundreds of New Colors
Motorized window treatments today come in many elegant designs that can fit the interior design of your home effortlessly, like the newest energy efficient honeycomb cell shades. One of our most popular shades is from NORMAN, since they have over 300 color options and 4 levels of light control. The options range from sheer (virtually clear view) to room darkening (most of the light is blocked). In between these two extremes, they offer light filtering and semi-opaque which you must see to appreciate.
When you hold these options up to the windows in your home, you see the effect on the room. The light filtering option creates a glow that makes the room colors stand out and improves the appearance throughout the house. It is stunning and the reason why so many window coverings are still sold in the home versus in the big box stores.
LEARN MORE: NORMAN Honeycomb Shades
3) Improve Home Security While You Are Away by Lowering the Blinds
Motorized window treatment systems, with presets, are excellent security features. When you are away from home your system can close the window treatments by evening for added security. Additionally, they can open them during the day, so the home appears occupied. Home security experts know that an open view is one of the most common ways that thieves “scope” as home before a robbery.
RON CARTER DESGIN TIP: See this guide to compare/contrast the roller shades as an option to protect your home furnishings, floors, and fabrics: “Interior Roller Shade Guide” from Energy Efficient Windows.org.
With motorized window treatments, you can also program your motorized shades to move up and down throughout the day. They can open at timely intervals and create the impression that your home is always occupied, even if you are a thousand miles away.
READ MORE: “Secure Your Home by Coverings Windows” from Family Handyman
2) “Alexa, Lower My Blinds” is a Reality with Today’s New “Z-Wave” Technology
It can be difficult to manually adjust window treatments for windows that are out of reach in awkward areas of your home. Motorized window treatments make opening and closing the blinds or shades as simple as pressing a button. Skylight windows are a wonderful place to utilize motorized shades. Manufacturers have some excellent new motors on the market, like the Virtual Cord™ motor from Graber in their partnership with Somfy motors. These motors are “Z-Wave” compatible, so integration within home automation systems is easier than ever before. They transform window treatments from home improvement to true indulgence. Whether it’s for one window, one room of windows, or your entire home. It’s easier than you could ever imagine and here is a “How To Keep Your Smart Home Secure” blog that will tell you all the details on how to secure your new Smart Home upgrades in one easy read.
The revolutionary Virtual Cord™ remote (check out the video link) from Graber provides a control that’s quiet, reliable, and precise.
That extraordinary performance, coupled with a sleek design, means you can enjoy added ease and elegance with motorized window treatments.
READ MORE: “An Intelligent and Unbiased Guide” on Motorized Window Treatment Options”
1) The Cost of Home Automation & Motorized Window Treatments is Dropping
Keep your eyes out for dealer rebates on home automation and window coverings in 2019. Just like last year, we expect the major window coverings manufacturers to offer discounts on motorized upgrades. Motorized window treatments are one of the biggest trends in window coverings, along with future “All-cordless” moves across the industry. In less than a year, every window covering is expected to be cordless. Additionally, advances in blind and shade technology will translate into better prices for consumers. There are several websites to keep apprised of the latest in motorized advancements like the “Somfy” link below.
READ MORE HERE: “Things to Consider When Buying Motorized Window Treatments–How Much Do They Cost”
RON CARTER DESGIN TIP: Homeowners are usually surprised by the affordability of these systems. Of course, there are many options, so consumers can choose a plan that fits their budget. We offer free estimates so that buyers know their costs up front. Please check out this 2019 updated blog for more info on our window covering solutions.
SUMMARY OF MOTORIZED WINDOW TREATMENTS
The automation of shades, draperies, and shutters improves ease of use and convenience to the everyday experience of opening and closing your window coverings. Motorizing shades is a fabulous option if shades are especially large and heavy or in a hard to reach area, allowing the treatment to be operated from almost anywhere at the touch of a button. Motorized window treatments require power, either hard-wired or via battery, to operate, identifying which option is best is something a professional consultant is trained to help with.
You Can Have Complete Control of your Environment with New Motorized Blinds & Shades
With today’s available options and price points, you can have privacy, control of the light in your home, improvements to your entire lifestyle—all with the click of a button, a swipe of your phone, or just say “Alexa, lower my blinds upstairs,” and she will respond, “OK!” Schedule your free in-home quote today, or just call us at (501) 672-0023. Finally, don’t forget to see what everyone is saying about Made in the Shade Little Rock in our Reviews section.