About Our Motors – Descriptions and Differences
One of the most important components in a motorized window covering is the motor that powers it. Several factors determine the best type of motor for each type of drapery or blind system. When it comes to motorized drapery or blinds, trust the experts to help you decide which type is best for you.
Why Choose a Hardwired Motor?
One of the most common types of motors for motorized blinds is hardwired. These typically run on AC electricity, or the alternating current from your home’s power source. Hardwired motors can run on higher voltage and are therefore well suited for heavier blinds or drapes. These types of motors are ideal for more “heavy duty” types of systems, such as for blackout windows, home theaters or larger windows.
When considering installing a hardwired motor to control your window treatments, it’s important to start planning early. Since the motor needs to be fully integrated into your home, it’s often a better idea to install these motors when your home is still under construction, and the walls have not yet been closed up. With that being said, it is possible to install a hardwired system after the walls are closed, but it may require more extensive remodeling.
Benefits of a Low Voltage Motor
DC currents, or direct currents power low voltage motors. Direct currents come from batteries or plug-in transformers that can turn AC currents into DC currents. Low voltage motors can also be hardwired into your home, which means that often they will be installed when the house is being built. If a low voltage system is to be installed once the walls have been closed, it may be more difficult to thread the wires through the insulation in the walls.
A low voltage motor is a great option for windows that don’t necessarily need to lift hundreds of pounds of material. But that doesn’t mean low voltage motors are weak. Most low voltage motors can lift up to 130 pounds of draperyor more. They are a great option for regular window treatments, drapes and blinds.
Forget the Wires with a Battery-Powered Motor
Another common motor for motorized blinds and drapery is the battery-powered kind. One of the most obvious benefits of this type of motor is the lack of wiring required and the fact that your walls do not need to be remodeled to accommodate it. Battery-powered motors often run on 12 volt DC batteries that make them perfectly safe for use around the house. The battery itself is included in the motor housing, which means there is little bulk and the system can run seamlessly.
These batteries are rechargeable, although they can go several months without needing to be recharged. With some motors there is also the option to install an additional window solar panel that will mean no need to ever consciously recharge the motor. Battery-powered units are also often praised for the fact that they are built with the future in mind. Since no wiring is required, making upgrades to the system is easy. We have even gone so far to develop apps to control your blinds through your phone, tablet or computer.
Choose the One that’s Right for you
Whether it’s using a hardwired motor to control heavy drapes, or relying on an efficient and inexpensive battery powered unit for your blinds, we have options to create a completely customizable blind and drapery system that fits your home perfectly.
Ask about our motorized drapes and blinds today!