If you have a garage, you probably don’t think twice about having a garage-door opener. There’s no way you’re getting out of the car to open the door! (Well, not in 2015, anyway.) And what about your TV remote—some of us were designated channel changers as kids…ahem. As humans have done for millennia, we’re always coming up with ways to make life easier, more attractive, safer, and fun!
That’s where you find home décor now: at the crossroads of fun and functional. Motorized blinds and shades knock both out of the park, so let’s take a closer look at how they’ll change your life:
It has to be said, especially during National Window Covering Safety Month, that motorized blinds and shades are cordless and therefore safer for homes with young children and pets. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ranks blinds and shades with cords as one of the top-five hidden hazards in our homes, and recommends replacing older, corded products with newer ones. You can also automatically control motorized blinds and shades to be out of the way when your little one is awake.
Each minute in the United States four homes are burglarized. Making it look like you’re home, night and day, is an important crime deterrent, and moving your window coverings while you’re not home is easy with motorization. When you connect motorized window coverings to a home automation system, you can program your blinds to lower automatically in the evening and rise in the morning on a daily basis, or operate them remotely with your home automation app. No one will know you’re not home. (Unless you forget to stop your mail!)
Control all your shades simultaneously or individually from a wall switch or with a remote—it’s your choice! And, motorization is like an invisible ladder to your skylights. Now you can flood your home with sun through your skylights or other hard-to-reach windows, and instantly close them up when you want blackout, dark conditions for sleeping or watching TV. All with the touch of a button. And when smart technology and energy efficiency combine—watch out. Remote sensors placed on motorized window coverings can detect how much sunlight your room is getting and move the shades accordingly. This also helps protect your couch, rugs, and wood floors from fading in the sun.
Trends have a habit of sticking around—especially ones that increase the worth of our most valuable assets! Yes, motorizing your blinds and shades right now allows you a certain cachet, but in five years it might be standard, like garage door openers and TV remotes. Your investment in motorized window coverings now will pay off for years down the road.