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All You Need To Know About Motorized Blinds

We’re always looking for the newest technology to make our lives easier and more convenient. From smartphones to wireless headphones, even your average home product can be automated. As the demand for smarter, safer, and accessible devices grows, various industries are upgrading their technology to offer modern accessories, and the window fashion industry is no exception. Motorized blinds are window treatments that are operated with a motor which eliminates all the heavy lifting. Opening and closing your blinds or shades has never been easier! 

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of motorized blinds, exploring their features, benefits, and how they work. We’ll also address some of the most common questions that arise when considering this innovative window treatment solution. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to upgrade your living space or a business owner seeking a practical and stylish window covering solution, motorized blinds offer a compelling option worth exploring. So, let’s dive in and discover the transformative power of motorized blinds.

 

Benefits of Motorized Window Blinds

Motorization grants you complete remote control of your window blinds. By eliminating all cords, chains, or tilt wands, this alleviates the need to manually pull or adjust your blinds. Motorized blinds allow you to raise or lower your blinds without being home, let alone in the room. Set schedules for your blinds to be adjusted at specific times of the day so your home is always protected from harmful UV rays and excessive sunlight and heat. Not only does motorization make controlling your blinds easier, it can benefit your life in many ways: 

Convenience

Motorized blinds can be controlled with a remote, smartphone app, or home automation system, allowing you to open, close, or adjust them without having to manually operate cords or wands. This convenience is particularly valuable for large windows or hard-to-reach areas.

Safe For pet and children

Motorized blinds eliminate the need for cords, reducing the risk of accidents, especially in households with young children or pets. This makes them a safer option compared to traditional blinds with cords that can pose a strangulation hazard.

Accessibility

Motorized blinds are accessible to everyone, including those with mobility issues or disabilities, as they can be easily controlled with a remote or smartphone app. This accessibility ensures that everyone in the household can independently manage the blinds.

Energy Efficient

Motorized blinds can be programmed to open and close at specific times of the day to optimize natural light and heat gain, which can help regulate indoor temperatures and reduce energy consumption. This feature can contribute to lower heating and cooling costs over time.

Security and Privacy

With motorized blinds, you can program them to open and close even when you're away from home, giving the appearance that someone is present. Additionally, you can adjust them remotely to enhance privacy by preventing outsiders from looking into your home..

Motorized Blinds Connect to Smart Devices for Extra Convenience 

Pair your motorized blinds with smart home devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to adjust your blinds via voice commands. Simply ask “Alexa, lower the living room blinds” and sit back and relax. You can even say “Google, raise bedroom blinds at 7:00 am during the weekdays”. No need to search for a remote or get up from the couch. When you connect your motorized blinds to a smart device, you’re in control from any location

Motorized Blinds for Hard-to-Reach Windows

For large or hard-to-reach windows, motorization takes all the heavy lifting out of adjusting your blinds. This makes it safer and easier to raise and lower your heavy window treatments with a touch of a button. Motorization is perfect for floor-to-ceiling windows, windows above the front door, and even skylights. 

Motorized Blinds are Safe for Pets and Children

By eliminating all cords, chains, and tilt wands, motorized blinds are safer for homes with pets or small children. Accessible cords can be potential choking hazards and are best excluded around small children and pets. 

Motorized Blinds are Energy Efficient

Keeping your blinds lowered during the day helps conserve energy and insulate your home. Motorized blinds can be scheduled to raise and lower at specific times of the day. If your windows receive more direct sunlight during the morning, schedule them to remain lowered until the afternoon. By conserving energy with their insulating properties, motorized blinds can save you money on your electricity bill each month. 

What are Motorized Blinds?

Motorized blinds are an innovative type of window treatment that incorporates motorized components for automated operation. Unlike traditional manual blinds that require manual adjustment using cords, wands, or chains, motorized blinds can be controlled remotely through various means such as a remote control, smartphone app, or home automation system. These blinds feature a motorized mechanism that allows them to be raised, lowered, or tilted with the push of a button or the click of a screen.

Hard Wire or Battery Operated?

Motorized blinds offer a versatile solution for modern homes and businesses, with options available for both battery-operated and hardwired systems.

Battery-operated Motorized Blinds: Provide a flexible and convenient solution, allowing for easy installation without the need for wiring. These blinds are powered by rechargeable or replaceable batteries, offering a wireless and clutter-free aesthetic. They are particularly suitable for retrofitting existing spaces or locations where wiring may be challenging.

Hardwired Motorized Blinds: This blinds are connected directly to the electrical system of a building. While the installation process is more involved, hardwired blinds offer a constant power source, eliminating the need for battery recharging. This option is often favored in new constructions or during major renovations, providing a seamless integration with the building’s electrical infrastructure.

How Do Motorized Blinds Work?

Motorized roller blinds are powered by a tubular motor inserted in the roller tube. Rather than a clutch and pull system, motorized blinds are adjusted through a remote control. There are various ways to operate motorized blinds, though each has the same ultimate function of adjusting your window treatments remotely.

Let’s break down the 5 ways to operate your blinds:

Remote Control

The most basic motorization option is a remote control. With a touch of a button, raise or lower your shades with ease. Remote controls are available with one or multiple channels which allow you to adjust more than one window blind simultaneously. This is handy for rooms with many windows. With one touch you could control up to 16 window treatments at once! Talk about convenience.

  • Sleek and durable
  • User friendly
  • Control up to 16 window treatments or 16 groups of window treatments
  • 65 foot range

Wall Switch

Wall switches are essentially a centralized remote control installed on your wall similarly to a light switch. This allows you to adjust up to 15 shades or blinds from one central location. With a sleek design, wall switches are the perfect choice for those who misplace their remote controls.

  • Contemporary look
  • Wireless installation
  • Control up to 15 window treatments or 15 groups of window treatments
  • 100 foot range (depending on walls and floor plans)

Somfy MyLink

This small device plugs into your outlet and transforms your smartphone or tablet into a remote control through the use of a free app. Rather than have a separate remote control to keep track of to adjust your window treatments, the Somfy MyLink app raises or lowers your motorized blinds from anywhere. With IFTTT (If This, Then That) integration, you can even pair your smart home devices like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control. 

  • Plugs directly into your outlet
  • Free MyLink app
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant 
  • WiFi enabled
  • 35 foot range 

Somfy Tahoma

Somfy’s TaHoma device and app take automation a step further. The free smartphone app allows you to directly integrate with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and other smart home devices. Simply use your voice to adjust your blinds. You can even set schedules for when specific shades should be lowered or raised during the day. With a range of 200 meters, Somfy TaHoma can control multiple window treatments within your home. 

  • Easy setup
  • Free TaHoma app
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • WiFi enabled 
  • 656 foot range 

ShadeMonster Smart Hub

ShadeMonster’s smart hub turns remote controlled blinds, ceiling fans, and even fireplaces into smart devices. It’s sleek design and small size keeps it from detracting from your home decor. Pair it with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to use voice commands to adjust your blinds easily. With its easy setup, this smart hub acts as a bridge between your blinds and the Wifi. 

  • Easy setup
  • Free smartphone app
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and SmartThings
  • WiFi enabled
  • 2500 sq ft range 

Are Motorized Blinds Worth It?

We’ve gone through the benefits of motorized blinds, but you might still be wondering if they’re worth installing in your home. We’re here to tell you they are! Motorized blinds are reliable and long lasting. Their durable motors can operate for years with proper maintenance and use. Depending on the brand, each motor comes with a warranty so if anything goes wrong you’re covered. Motorized blinds are not noisy. In fact, they are no louder than an electric powered coffee machine. Battery operated motorized blinds only need to be charged every few months. Depending on how frequent the use is, you may only need to charge your motors twice a year. Ditch hazardous and unsightly chains and go for motorized blinds. 

Overall, motorized blinds offer convenience, safety, accessibility, energy efficiency, security, aesthetic appeal, customization, integration, and long-term durability, making them a popular choice for modern homes and commercial spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions About Motorized Blinds

What Factors Impact Motorized Blinds Cost?

The price of motorized shades can vary dramatically based on a number of variables. We advise getting a free consultation by a professional company, such as ShadeMonster. A common misbelief is that larger windows affect the cost of motorized blinds, which is not true. Adding a motor to a larger window blind is no more costly than adding a motor to a small blind. 

It’s important to keep these key cost factors in mind when considering motorized blinds for your home. 

  • Number of windows: As the number of windows that you would like to add motorization to increases, so does the cost. To keep costs low, consider adding motorization to select windows that would benefit the most.
  • Type of charger: Motorized blinds are either battery operated or hardwired through the wall. This changes the way the motors are charged. Hardwiring is the more expensive option. It does not require recharging but is recommended to be installed during construction or renovation as an electrician will need to run the wires through the wall. Battery operated motorized blinds are easy to charge and only require charging every six months or so.
  • Brand of motor: Different brands offer higher quality motors and will cost you more. Keep in mind that a lower cost motor may not perform as well as higher cost ones and may require maintenance or replacement. Do your research and find the brand that works best for you. 
  • Type/Brand of control: Motorized blinds are always remote controlled, however you do have the option of upgrading your control system. Choose between multi-channel remotes, wall switches, and smart hub devices. Just be aware that each additional option will increase the upfront cost of your blinds. 

There is no doubt that motorized blinds add comfort and convenience to your life. If you’re considering adding motorization to your home, make sure to keep in mind the factors we listed above. If you’re not sure where to start, give us a call to receive a free consultation and quote. ShadeMonster is here to help and make sure that your dream window treatments become a reality.

How Noisy are Motorized Blinds?

The noise produced by motorized blinds is typically minimal and often comparable to the sound of a low hum or whisper, ensuring a peaceful environment without disturbances.

Can Motorized Blinds Be Integrated with Smart Home Systems?

Yes, motorized blinds can be seamlessly integrated with smart home systems, allowing for enhanced control and automation. Using a Smart Hub, which is compatible with platforms like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit, users can conveniently control their motorized blinds using voice commands or incorporate them into custom automation routines alongside other smart devices in their home.

Do Motorized Blinds Come Programmed?

When you order with ShadeMonster, Motorized Shades will come to you already programmed, and ready to operate. 

Motorized Shades vs Manual Shades

Motorized blinds typically come with a higher initial cost compared to traditional manual blinds due to the inclusion of motorized components and advanced control systems. However, the long-term benefits and convenience offered by motorized blinds, such as energy efficiency, enhanced safety, and automation capabilities, may justify the higher upfront investment for many homeowners and businesses seeking a modern and convenient window treatment solution.

What are the Benefits of Using a Smart Hub?"

Pairing Motorized Blinds with a Smart Hub offers several advantages:

  1. Centralized Control: A smart hub serves as a central control point for all connected devices, including motorized blinds. This allows users to manage their blinds alongside other smart home devices, such as lighting, thermostats, and security systems, from a single interface, typically a smartphone app or voice command platform.

  2. Seamless Integration: Smart hubs facilitate seamless integration between motorized blinds and other smart home devices, enabling coordinated automation and interactions. For example, users can create custom routines or scenes that trigger specific actions across multiple devices simultaneously, enhancing convenience and efficiency.

  3. Enhanced Automation: By pairing motorized blinds with a smart hub, users can automate their operation based on various triggers and schedules. This automation capability enables motorized blinds to adjust automatically throughout the day, optimizing natural light, temperature, and privacy levels based on user preferences and environmental conditions.

  4. Voice Control: Many smart hubs support voice control functionality through popular virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri. This allows users to control their motorized blinds using voice commands, providing a hands-free and intuitive control option that enhances accessibility and convenience.

  5. Remote Access: Smart hubs enable remote access to motorized blinds, allowing users to control them from anywhere with an internet connection. Whether at home, at work, or on vacation, users can adjust their blinds remotely via the smart hub’s app, ensuring continuous control and security even when away from home.

  6. Customization and Personalization: Smart hubs offer advanced customization options for motorized blinds, allowing users to create personalized schedules, scenes, and automation rules tailored to their lifestyle and preferences. Whether adjusting blinds based on time of day, occupancy status, or specific events, users have the flexibility to fine-tune their smart home environment according to their needs.

  7. Energy Efficiency: By integrating motorized blinds with a smart hub, users can optimize energy efficiency by coordinating blind adjustments with heating, cooling, and lighting systems. This coordinated approach helps reduce energy consumption by maximizing natural light utilization, minimizing heat gain or loss, and optimizing indoor comfort levels throughout the day.

Overall, pairing motorized blinds with a smart hub offers users enhanced control, automation, convenience, and energy efficiency, transforming their living spaces into intelligent and connected environments tailored to their preferences and lifestyle.

 
 
 
How Often do I Need to Charge my Battery-Operated Blinds

The frequency at which you need to charge your battery-operated blinds depends on several factors, including the type of battery used, the size and weight of the blinds, and how frequently you operate them.

  1. Battery Type: The type and capacity of the battery installed in your motorized blinds play a significant role in determining how often you need to recharge them. Lithium-ion batteries, for example, tend to have a longer lifespan and hold a charge better than other types of batteries commonly used in motorized blinds.

  2. Blind Size and Weight: Larger and heavier blinds may require more power to operate, leading to more frequent battery recharges. If your blinds are particularly large or have additional features such as integrated sensors or motorized tilting, they may consume more power and need more frequent charging.

  3. Frequency of Use: The more frequently you open, close, or adjust your motorized blinds, the more often you’ll need to recharge the battery. If you use your blinds multiple times a day, you may need to recharge the battery more frequently compared to someone who operates their blinds less often.

  4. Environmental Conditions: Extreme temperatures can affect battery performance. If your motorized blinds are exposed to very high or very low temperatures, it may impact the battery life and require more frequent recharging.

In general, most battery-operated blinds can operate for several months on a single charge with typical use. However, it’s a good idea to monitor the battery level regularly and recharge as needed to ensure uninterrupted operation. If you notice a decrease in performance or a significant drop in battery life, it may be time to recharge or replace the battery.

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