With the growing popularity of home automation, homes are smarter than they ever were before. Electric window treatments are one aspect of home automation that provide a long list of benefits, encompassing everything from fun to better home security. Read our list and we’re sure you’ll be surprised by at least one advantage of motorized window treatments.
This is what most of us think, right? The ability to kick back and adjust every window covering with the simple touch of a button. This is a huge time saver for homes with lots of big picture windows, skylights, and other hard-to-reach windows. No more fussing with cords and having to get the exact angle before your blinds will work properly.
2. They’re Safer
There’s something about “dangly” things that attracts babies and pets. But as we know, dangling cords can be hazardous for children and small animals. The advantage of motorized blinds is that there are no tempting cords to get tangled up in. What a relief!
3. They Help You Get a Better Sleep
Electric window treatments lead to better sleep for a number of reasons. For starters, motorized drapes or shades allow you to sleep in a completely dark room that increases melatonin and improves your circadian rhythm. Also, you can set your window coverings to open around the time you’d like to wake up, so you can wake up to natural sunlight rather than an annoying alarm clock. This one perk is so great, we wrote a whole article on it.
4. Increased Privacy
Once the sun goes down and lights are on indoors, any uncovered windows turn your home into a fishbowl — exposed for all to see. By setting your blinds on a timer, you can make sure certain windows are covered as soon as the sun goes down. Also, depending on which material and opacity you choose, you can have window coverings that offer privacy while still allowing light to come in.
5. Increase Security While Away From Home
Home automation can be used to make your house look “lived in” while you’re away. Motorized window treatments can be closed or opened using an app on your phone, making them usable no matter where you are. If you’re taking a trip, but want to make your home look like there’s still activity, you can operate your window treatments at different times or set them on a timer. Combine this with automated lights and it can be a big deterrent for burglars.
6. Save Energy with Window Treatments
Any energy your home manages to save adds up by the end of the year, and especially over the course of 5 or 10 years. The influence that window treatments have with the sun and heat lose make them important players in your homes energy efficiency. You can balance the energy consumption in your home, by tapping into solar power, insulating your home with honeycomb shades, and installing automated shades, awnings or shutters.
7. Increase the Value of Your Home
Aside from the general aesthetic appeal your home will gain by switching to motorized blinds, they’ll also increases the value of your home. You’ll be improving the functionality, and putting your house a step ahead of others with home automation features that has become increasingly popular. Automatic window coverings will give your home a competitive advantage over other homes on the market.
8. Protect Your Interior
Say no more to sun damaged upholstery, carpet, or art. By using window treatments that let in soft, filtered light, you can eliminate the risk of anything in your home getting faded or discoloured. You can also choose any window covering style you want and set them on a timer to close during the time of day you know sunlight is strongest.
9. Get Comfortable Outside
Motorized window coverings aren’t just for the inside — there are a ton of options that can improve your outdoor lounge areas. Outdoor blinds can be used to keep bugs out, buffer gusts of wind, protect from the sun, and much more. We even have special UV materials that can make staying out in the sun safer and more comfortable.
10. Use Your Sun Room More
You might be thinking that sun rooms and window covering are counter-intuitive, but if you want to make them more comfortable during the peak of summer, then you’re going to want some shades! Our motorized shades and awnings will give you control over how much sun you let in, making your sun room comfortable year-round.
11. Create Ambiance
The sun has an incredible ability to energize us and invigorate a space. On the flipside, a dim room can be relaxing or romantic. Electric window treatments can help set the mood with the touch of a button or flick of a switch, it’s that easy.
12. Create a Home Theater with Electric Roller Shades
You can use motorized roller shades to completely blackout your room, and also as a drop-down screen to project movies onto. If you have a big screen TV, motorized shades can also be mounted to open and close over your TV screen to create the ultimate home theater experience.
If you’re in Toronto and have been considering motorized window treatments, come talk to us about how you can start reaping these advantages! Remember, we can customize window coverings to fit any sized window.