Although it is easy to take for granted, lighting has a tremendous impact on how you live in your home. Bad lighting can get in the way of everything you do. It can make it harder to concentrate on your work, prevent you from seeing the screen in your home theater, and make your relaxing dinner party feel cold and uninviting. The lights you have in your home are one part of the puzzle—and smart lighting systems will give you much more control over your lights so you can adjust them according to your needs—but your windows are another major factor to consider. Shades and blinds allow you to control how much light enters you home, but they can be inconvenient and inexact. Traditional shades, blinds, and shutters require you to get up and manually open and close them, which often means that you have them closed when they really should be open, and vice versa.
In addition to affecting the lighting in your home, shades and blinds are also integral to security and privacy. Open shades and blinds may allow too much of your home to be seen, while shades and blinds that never move make it look like no one is home.
Fortunately, there is a solution to these problems: motorized blinds and shades. Along with the potential for easier operation, motorized shades and blinds can be integrated into your smart home system, so you can control them more precisely and conveniently than ever before. Here is how to make the most of motorized window treatments in your home.
Basics of Motorized Shades and Blinds
As the name suggests, motorized shades and blinds can be raised and lowered using a mechanical system. Typically, they have a small box posted next to them that allows them to be controlled, as well as a remote control.
Smart blinds take this technology a step further. These kinds of motorized blinds can be integrated into your smart home system, allowing them to communicate with other devices in your home. This setup also makes your window blinds and shades controllable from your smartphone.
Motorized shades and blinds that don’t have smart technology are available, but many homeowners are opting for full smart capabilities rather than standard systems. Your installation specialist may recommend opting for smart blinds or shades even if you aren’t ready to use the automation features right now, so that you don’t have to replace your window blinds in the future if you choose to upgrade.
Using Motorized Shades and Blinds to Control Lighting
Motorized shades and blinds are easy to use, so you are more likely to adjust them multiple times throughout the day. For example, if you sit down when it’s light outside but want to lower the shades or blinds after the sun goes down without getting up, you can use the remote to adjust them.
Smart home technology can automate this process. With home automation, you can program your shades and blinds to raise and lower at specific times of the day. If you want your window treatments to open up in your kitchen before you come down in the morning for your coffee, you can program them to open at a specific time or to open when your morning alarm goes off. You can also set them to close at dusk or when your lights switch on, even if you’re not home.
There are multiple forms of smart blinds and shades, and different brands have different features—by choosing a high-quality brand like Lutron, you can ensure that your window blinds can meet your family’s needs. You can find window treatments that react automatically to changes in daylight, temperature, humidity, and even activity within your home.
Motorized Shades and Blinds for Home Theaters
Motorized shades and blinds can make it easier to enjoy your home theater at any time of the day. You can easily adjust them in response to glare on your screen or to blackout your space when you’re watching something in the middle of the day, but want a movie theater experience.
If you are having guests in your home theater, motorized shades and blinds let you adjust the amount of natural light with a click, so you can let light in to socialize and then dim the space to show the movie. With smart home technology, you can even program the system so that the shades or blinds shut automatically as soon as you turn on your screen.
Additional Benefits of Motorized Shades and Blinds
Easy control of shades and blinds brings two benefits that might not be immediately obvious: lower energy costs and increased security. Window treatments can make a significant difference to your home’s interior temperature. During the winter, closing your window blinds can keep heat inside your home and block cold air from outside, so that your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your space comfortable. The opposite happens during the summer—the shades and blinds block heat from the sun and trap cool air inside, easing the demands on your air conditioning. You can raise or lower your motorized blinds and shades remotely if you use a smart system, so you can make the most of this feature to conserve energy and lower your bills.
The ability to raise and lower your blinds and shades from anywhere also helps to boost your home’s security. When you’re away, blinds and shades that stay in the same position for days on end are a giveaway to potential intruders that the home is empty. You can program your window treatments to change throughout the day so that your home looks occupied, whether you’re working late or vacationing on the other side of the world.
At Technology Specialists, we offer motorized blinds and shades from Lutron, Norman, and other leading brands in the industry. Whether you need skylight shades, window blinds, or shutters, we can help you get the right fit for your windows and your existing smart home system. Contact us today for more information about motorized shades and blinds in Tucson, and get started on a customized plan for your home.