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Modernize Cordless with Motorized

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By Gina G.

As the window treatment industry evolves, cordless mechanisms have become integral and not just viewed as additional features to blinds and shades.  Cordless blinds and shades have become the main request for most people shopping for window treatments.  This is due to the various benefits opting for cordless brings.  First, cordless options, with no visible strings dangling, provides a clean look; there are no visual obstructions to your window treatment.  Second, going cordless provides the operator with ease of use as the mechanisms are typically very simple and smooth.  Additionally, for most parents and caregivers, it is a “no-brainer” when it comes to child safety and durability.  As a durable mechanism, cordless uses internalized stringing and therefore doesn’t have exposed cords that fray and may break sooner.

The prevalence of cordless is now for all window treatments whether you’re considering blinds or shades.  With lighter weight mini blinds, cordless also includes wandless option where both functions (tilting and lifting) are performed together.  On heavier blinds, the tilting mechanism is still present (usually a wand) but the lift which was traditionally corded, is now cordless.

With this huge swing toward cordless mechanisms brings the emergence of an even more modern mechanism, motorization.  Motorization maintains all of the aforementioned benefits of cordless but now automates those functions.  It allows users to control the window treatments with a remote from anywhere in the room or from a wall unit (similar to a light switch).  Powering motorized blinds and shades also offers choices.  Most commonly, motorized is offered with a rechargeable battery system.  It is easy to think of this as similar to how you charge your cell phone.  And, with most newer homes having outlets near the windows, rechargeable battery powered treatments suffice.  However, if recharging every year or so is not appealing, hard-wiring shades to the home’s electricity is another (perhaps more costly and time consuming) option.  Regardless of how motorization is added, the trend certainly progresses the cordless movement toward technology-driven culture of the modern day.

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Motorize It!

 

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 2017 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:

  1. Safety

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.

  1. Security

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.

  1. Convenience

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. Also 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.

  1. Style
    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.
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Motorized Options

It used to be that motorized blinds were only for the movies.  Turns out, as technology advances, it has in the blind industry as well.  Motorized is now not just available to movie stars or for something cool in a movie, but available to the everyday consumer for a reasonable price as well!  Think about how great that is – life changing even;  from a functional perspective AND a décor perspective as well.

Functionally; I mean let’s be serious. Who hasn’t woken up and not wanted to get out of bed to close the blinds? Or been sitting on the couch watching a football game when the sun comes in and starts hitting the tv.  Eating dinner, when the sun sets just enough to be in your eyes?  Getting dressed when you realize your neighbors are having a BBQ? Now, you have a remote control to deal with those situations.  You can operate shades that will raise up and down with one click.  You can operate the tilting function of blinds just as easily. The feature is available on any type of blind, which allows it to work where you need shade, privacy, or darkness. The best part is, motorized eliminates issues related to child safety, and there’s not even anything for your kids to play with like on cordless blinds!

From a décor perspective, it will also work anywhere – because it can be added to anything! You can add motorized options to a decorative roman shade in your dining room, or a functional cellular black out shade in your bedroom.  And they look so clean, no more strings hanging down, no need for continuous chain loops that are always showing on your window frames.

Even better, you’ll feel like a movie star when you have them in your own home!!

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Motorized?!

The most convenient way to control your window treatment.

In this high tech world we are currently living in, it’s no surprise that every time you turn around there is some new invention. The other day I saw a refrigerator with a built in coffee maker! So of course, why would the world of window treatments be any different. The dream – that many of us have seen in the movies, where the actress flips a switch, and the blinds close down for a mid-day nap – is now a reality to the average consumer.

The motorized feature is not only cool – but it’s extremely handy, and not surprisingly comes with a whole bunch of customization options. If you have an open floor plan on your main floor, you can sync up to 15 different shades to one remote – in the morning, hit one button, they all raise up, and before bed, lower them down! This surely beats having to walk around to 15 different shades to close off your house in the evenings. Another great option is to use it in your bedroom. Some people love to wake up to pitch black, while others love waking up to the sun streaming in your windows. With a remote, you don’t even need to get out of bed to have this option.

They are most convenient – and likely the reason they were designed for – hard to reach windows. The gorgeous window over the foyer (that unfortunately is leading to fading of all of your floors and furniture), the fantastic window over the tub that fills the bathroom with light (except that your neighbors aren’t all that far away), or the transom windows in your living room (that are awesome until you want to watch the television in the afternoon).

Motorization can be added to the majority of shades as well – so you aren’t limited in your options. Any cellular, pleated, or roller shade can have the upgrade. Even real wood blinds can have motorization added – and gives you the ability with the touch of a button to tilt the slats open and closed. The best part is, while it does add to the cost, the feature is affordable to add on.

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