Motorized Blinds: Open Up a World of Convenience
Smart home devices and home automation have transformed the way we live and take care of our homes. These new innovative technologies are making everyday living easier and more convenient. From smart appliances and electronics to lighting, electrical outlets, and thermostats, almost any home device can now be controlled remotely — and window treatments are no exception.
Before flipping the switch on automatic window treatments, you'll want to understand how motorized blinds work, what style options are available and how much they cost. Let's take a peek behind the curtain at the most commonly asked questions about motorized blinds and shades.
What to Know Before You Buy Motorized Blinds and Shades
What Are Motorized or Electric Blinds and How Do They Work?
Electric window treatments, also referred to as motorized window treatments, are blinds or shades operated by an electric motor and controlled with a remote or app. You can automatically raise, lower, or tilt them with the push of a button. Many motorized blinds can be easily integrated into a smart home system, and because there are no hanging cords, they're a safer choice for homes with kids or pets.
What Types of Window Treatments Can Be Motorized?
Whatever your personal design taste — modern, traditional, or transitional — there's a type of motorized blind or shade to complement them all. You'll find automatic options for Roman shades, pleated shades, and wood blinds, to name a few. And if you have oversized or hard-to-reach windows, motorized window treatments make a potentially challenging task a breeze.
How Are Motorized Blinds Powered? How Long Do Batteries Last in Motorized Blinds?
There are various power options, such as solar, hardwiring, and plug-in power adaptors. However, battery-operated window shades and blinds are the most practical and popular choices. Motorized blinds and shades are typically powered through a lithium battery pack (usually AA batteries). Some even include a rechargeable motor for ease and convenience. Battery-powered blinds also provide a neater appearance since there are no cords.
So, how long do batteries last in motorized shades? Certain factors such as the size and weight of the window treatments and how often you open and close them play a part in the overall life of the batteries. However, as a rule, most people change their batteries every few months.
DC power cords are another option for certain motorized shades, but you'll need to have an outlet nearby.
Can Automatic Blinds Be Connected to My Smart Device?
Compatibility with your smart device will vary by brand. For example, many Levolor motorized blinds and shades are compatible with an app you download to your phone or tablet for programming and operation. Bali's motorization option (Autoview only) and certain Blinds.com blinds and shades are compatible with some smart hubs.
Check your product's individual specifications or call one of our Motorization Experts at 844-551-3769.
How Long Do Motorized Blinds Last?
Motorized window treatments are as reliable and durable as standard window treatments. The average lifespan of window treatments is generally between five and ten years. Keep in mind that the frequency you use your blinds or shades will affect their overall longevity. And usage also impacts how often you'll need to change the batteries.
Did you know? Blinds.com blinds and shades come with a 3-year warranty!
Are Motorized Blinds Loud?
One thing people often wonder about when considering motorized blinds or shades is the noise level. Specific factors may cause varying fluctuations in volume, such as the brand, weight, and size of the window treatment. However, motorized blinds are generally designed to minimize sound, producing only a soft hum or quiet whir.
Are Automatic Blinds Hard to Install?
Motorized blind installation is typically straightforward and not difficult to install. But keep in mind that installation specifics may vary by brand and type of motorized blinds. And, as with any window treatment, blinds installed on larger or hard-to-reach windows will require extra effort and a second set of hands to assist with installation.
Most automatic shades also come pre-programmed with a remote. But suppose you want to readjust how high or low the shade will go? No problem! Reprogramming is easy and straightforward.
Are Motorized Blinds Worth It?
There are many benefits to investing in motorized window treatments. Besides the obvious convenience, sleek appearance, and just plain fun of it all, there are other more practical reasons for going automatic.
Consider motorized blinds if you have:
- Small children or pets. Loosely hanging window cords or strings pose a strangulation hazard for curious toddlers and pets. Cord-free installation not only looks better, but it's safer too.
- Lots of windows. Save time and energy by going motorized. You can adjust the remote to work a number of windows simultaneously. How's that for convenience?
- Hard-to-reach windows. Tired of struggling with long, dangling cords that are difficult to maneuver (and ruin your design aesthetic)? With motorized blinds, covering and uncovering high windows is easy.
- Windows obstructed by furniture. With the push of a button, you can avoid maneuvering around fragile furnishings or sofa cushions.
- Physical limitations. If you've lost strength or dexterity or suffered an injury affecting your mobility, raising and lowering heavy window treatments is pain-free.
- Safety concerns. If you're away from home for periods of time, motorized window treatments can offer peace of mind. Programming your shades to raise and lower while you're out or traveling can make it look like someone is always home.
How Much Do Motorized Window Shades Cost?
It's hard to put a price tag on comfort and convenience. Still, you want to know how much automatic blinds are before making the investment. The window treatment style you choose and window size effect price, but an average upgrade to a motorized treatment is typically around $200 more than a standard treatment.
Our Experts Are Here to Help
Deciding on a motorized window option doesn't have to be daunting. Blinds.com's expert designers are standing by to help you create the windows of your dreams. Contact us at 800-505-1905, via email, or live chat.