You might already have GPS, satellite radio and Bluetooth capabilities in your car – all controlled through your smartphone – but your home can be just as hi-tech. Automated window coverings are the latest trend in the “smart home” movement.
What’s a smart home?
You’ve got a smart phone – a device that connects you to the internet, helps you find information and manages every aspect of your life through apps and artificial intelligence. A smart home is when all these technologies are applied to manage your home’s systems in an integrated way, from climate control to lighting to surveillance. Automated window coverings can be a key part of having a smart home. Specifically, they are involved in managing your home’s privacy and energy usage.
What are automated window coverings?
Automated window coverings are simply window treatments, such as blinds and shades, that are motorized and can be programmed and controlled through a digital system. This system can typically be accessed through your smart devices using a dedicated app. Automated window coverings are often referred to as motorized automatic blinds.
What are the types of automated window coverings?
Automated window coverings come in any style that regular window coverings do. You can find automated Roman shades, honeycomb blinds, vinyl shades and wood blinds for example. These window treatments have a motor inside them that allows you to operate the blinds remotely. There are two main types of automated window coverings – battery operated or hard-wired. Battery operated window coverings are more easily installed since they are self-contained and don’t require any additional integration to your home’s power grid (as hard-wired models do). However, batteries will need to be replaced or recharged, which makes those models require a bit more maintenance versus their wired counterparts. Otherwise, both models work just as well and can be remotely controlled.
What are the advantages of automated window coverings?
Convenience is the fist thing that comes to mind when it comes to automated window coverings. Obviously being able to remotely control and program your home’s blinds to operate automatically is a huge perk. Monitoring your blinds via smartphone means you can open and close them as needed even if you’re away from your home.
2. Energy savings
Since automated window treatments allow you to have precise control over your home’s blinds, they can also help you save money on energy bills. If you program them to open when the sun is shining during the colder months for example, you can more efficiently warm and light your home – and vice versa in the summer months. Combined with automated control of your home’s lighting and heating/cooling system, automated window treatments form a crucial part of an eco-friendly household.
3. Increased privacy and security
Automated window coverings can also help you control privacy within your home at the touch of a button. This is perfect for ensuring your kids playing in another room have the security they need, for example. They can also help them maintain a regular sleep schedule.
Innovations that allow us to transform our home into a smart home have brought the future into the present. Do you think your home and your life could benefit from automatic window coverings?