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Motorized Blinds and Shades

Convenience is unmatched when it comes to smart blinds or remote control shades. With a click of a button, a tap of your phone, or a voice command, you can raise or lower your smart blinds and remote control shades with ease. Your motorized shades can even be programmed to work with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Set scheduled routines around the clock and have your window treatments adjusted automatically.

 

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Motorization Options

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

Battery Operated

Battery operated motors use rechargeable motors for power. They can be installed easily and don’t require professional assistance. Battery-operated motors are suitable for smaller window treatments as they can handle lighter loads.

Hardwired

A hardwired plug-in motor is a motor that is directly connected to an electrical source, such as an outlet or light switch. These motors are usually installed by a professional and require a licensed electrician to ensure proper installation. Hardwired motors are ideal for larger window treatments, such as heavy drapes or shades, as they can offer greater power and support heavier loads.

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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 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)

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 

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’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 

Learn How You Can Benefit From Motorization

Motorized blinds offer convenience and ease to your life. They provide privacy, glare reduction, and UV protection, all without the need to manually adjust your blinds or shades. Particularly handy for those window coverings that are hard-to-reach or heavy to adjust, motorization can help keep your blinds looking new without tugging or pulling. Motorized blinds are also a great option for those with a disability as they can be controlled by the touch of a button. The cordless design creates a safe and comfortable environment for your children and pets.  

Convenience

With just the touch of a button or the sound of your voice, you can easily adjust your window treatments to the perfect position, without the need to manually operate cords or chains.Motorized window treatments can be controlled via a remote control, a smartphone app, or even through voice assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. This makes it easy to adjust your blinds or shades from anywhere in the room, without having to get up from your seat.

Energy Efficiency

With motorized blinds and shades, you can precisely control the amount of light and heat that enters your home, depending on the time of day and season. During hot summer days, for example, you can program your shades to lower when the sun is at its peak, blocking out heat and reducing the need for air conditioning. Similarly, during colder months, you can adjust your shades to let in more sunlight, allowing for natural warmth and reducing the need for heating systems.Whether you are looking to lower your energy bills or reduce your carbon footprint, motorization is an effective way to achieve a more energy-efficient home.

Security

Motorized window treatments are an effective way to enhance the security of your home. With motorization technology, you can easily control your blinds or shades from a remote location or your smartphone, allowing you to create the impression that someone is at home even when you’re away.By programming your window treatments to operate at specific times of the day or night, you can make it appear as if someone is present in your home, deterring potential burglars or intruders. Additionally, motorized window treatments can be connected to your home’s security system, allowing for automated responses to events such as attempted break-ins.

Customization

Motorized window treatments provide an unprecedented level of customization for homeowners, allowing them to control the position, angle, and level of their window treatments with ease. With a range of control options and customization features, motorization technology has transformed the way we interact with our window treatments and created a more personalized and convenient experience for homeowners.

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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