With the growing trend towards home automation, people today are controlling more and more of their household items through their mobile devices. From home appliances like water heaters and washing machines to doors and windows, people seem to want everything in their house to be automated. One aspect of smart home automation that offers many benefits to consumers, including safety, security and savings, is motorized roller blinds. These sleek and stylish window treatments enhance your home’s aesthetic value and energy-efficiency. Read on to find out how motorized roller shades can transform your home from just average to stunning.
How Motorized Window Blinds Can Benefit Your Home
The biggest advantage to motorized blinds is their convenience. They can be closed and opened (at home or remotely) by simply pressing a button, either on a remote control, in-wall keypad, or even a smartphone or tablet device. This is especially ideal for seniors who may have trouble getting up to adjust their window blinds. With this motorized window treatment, one can easily adjust blinds from across the room, without having to get up. Besides controlling your shades remotely, you can pre-set your blind adjustments to automatically occur throughout the day. For example, you can program them via a timer to open in the morning when you wake up and to close in the evening when it gets dark out.
Many devices these days are going cordless for safety and convenience reasons. For instance, a wireless vacuum cleaner can prevent tangles and clutter, while your cordless keyboard makes for a cleaner and more spacious workspace. Electric or battery-operated motorized roller blinds are cordless and do a lot more than just provide convenience.
The cords used in traditional window blinds are choking and strangling hazards for children and pets. In fact, there have been several awful incidents where kids suffered fatal injuries due to hanging blind cords. Electrical motorized blinds, on the other hand, are entirely cord-free, making them a far safer option for families with kids and pets.
If you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency, motorized window treatments are a good option. Almost 30% of a home’s heat is lost through its windows, so using the right window covering can significantly reduce your energy bills. Motorized window blinds are an excellent energy saving option and are ideal for homes with high ceilings and tall windows.
In winter these blinds act as a barrier between the window surface and inside air. Cellular blinds are particularly effective at this because their cells hold trapped air and help retain heat indoors. The installation of cellular blinds makes you less dependant on room heating systems like radiators whose use can spike your energy bills. In summer you can lower the shades and keep the heat out of your home. The cooler your home stays on its own, the less you spend on air conditioning. Some electrical blinds can even automatically adjust themselves to the weather, creating the ideal indoor environment.
When planning your home decor, one of your main objectives is to protect the inside of your home from the prying eyes of neighbours and passers-by. Once the sun sets and lights go on, any uncovered windows can expose your home for all to see. With pre-set roller blinds (set on timers), you can make sure that the windows are covered in the evening. Depending on the type of fabric used in your blinds and its opacity, your window treatments can offer privacy while still letting in air and light.
Along with smart lighting control, motorized window blinds can act as a big deterrent to burglars and thus improve your home’s security by creating a successful illusion that you are home when you are not. (Think Home Alone for 2019.) Since they can be operated remotely using an app on your smartphone, your home can look “lived in” even when you’re away. This will mislead criminals into believing that you’re at home. Instead of operating manually, they can also be set via a timer.
Unlike regular window drapes that require you to pull cords, roller blinds glide smoothly and are less noisy. Cellular motorized shades provide great insulation against sound and temperature while the honeycomb-shaped cells in blinds create a barrier against external sound, light and UV rays. When adjusting blind positions with a remote control or smartphone app, you can choose stopping points according to your preference.
Enhanced Market Value
Thanks to its home automation features, motorized blinds can significantly increase the value of your property over other homes on the market. If you ever plan to sell your home, potential buyers will be impressed by your home automation system. They will know that you have taken good care of your property and will offer you a good price.
If you want to make sure that your motorized blinds enhance the look and efficiency of your home, be sure to hire a professional window coverings installation company. Even the most expensive blinds won’t perform efficiently if they are not professionally serviced. A DIY installation will be cheaper but can cause issues like loose joints, excessive heat loss, and pest problems.