So you’re curled up on the couch with your favourite drink and your snuggle buddy (mine is my dog, Zoe) – ready to watch that highly-anticipated movie, ready to truly relax, when you suddenly realize that the glare on your screen means you need to close the window coverings! You could get up, ruining the comfortable little nest you’ve made for yourself on the couch. Or… you could close your motorized, remote control blinds without even leaving your seat! Wouldn’t that be nice?
Automated motorized window covering products include drapery tracks (that roll from left to right across the window), solar screen or fabric pleated shades (that move up from the bottom), and even shades that move from the top down.
Any motorized blind can respond to your command by the push of a button on a wall switch or a remote control.You can even move the shades with your favourite mobile device! For example, Hunter Douglas provides an app for Apple products that allows full control from your iPhone or iPad.
Some manufacturer’s automated shades can have a timer that can be set to respond to the time of day, a pre-set room temperature, or even the position of the sun. This means the blinds can:
- automatically close to stop the sun’s glare from damaging or discolouring furniture and artwork
- open in cold weather to keep your heating bills down
- close in warm weather to keep your cooling bills down
- open in the morning to provide a pleasant wake-up call
- close when you’re away to prevent anyone from seeing in
The possibilities are endless. Just imagine if you have a motorized shade in your children’s rooms… While you are in the kitchen enjoying your morning coffee, you realize it’s late and you still can’t hear your kids getting up for school. To help them wake up, you pick up your iPad, and with a single swipe of your finger, voila!, their blinds are opened without you even having to step foot in their room!
In all of these great explanations why motorized shades are so convenient and easy to operate, the number one reason why most of my clients ask about motorized shades is because their furniture, or even their teenager’s pile of clothes, is blocking the access to the blind’s pull cords.
In spite of all these benefits, you might think that the cost of automatic blinds would outweigh the practical application. However, over the years they have become more and more affordable, as well as user-friendly. Furthermore, their cost can be off-set by the long-term energy savings from decreasing both your heating and cooling bills. There are numerous companies that provide excellent automatic systems, including:
- Hunter Douglas (http://www.hunterdouglas.com/platinum-app-info/).
- Lutron (http://www.lutron.com/en-US/Experience-Light-Control/Pages/Lutron/SaveEnergy.aspx)
- Qmotion (http://www.qmotionshades.com/)
- Zigbee (http://www.zigbee.org/)
With the right remote control blinds, you can make sure your home gets the light—or shade—it needs in a way most convenient for you.
If you would like an estimate on motorizing your window coverings, contact me through my website.