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Motorized Blinds

One of the most popular and innovative features in the blind industry is motorization. Offering exceptional convenience, motorized blinds can open & close or raise and lower at the touch of a button. Some can even connect to an automated home system or app, enabling you to control them from an Alexa-type device or your phone.

Motorized blinds offer numerous benefits including safety, convenience and they also offer energy savings. They are a great way to improve home security, making it appear that you are home, even when far away on vacation. Much like your television’s remote control, motorized blinds allow you to operate them from the comfort of your bed or sofa without needing to get up. Just imagine not having to get out of bed to close the blinds on Sunday morning when you want to sleep longer! You can even operate your power blinds on a schedule, closing them during the day to keep your home cooler while protecting your furnishings and flooring from the sun’s damaging rays.

Blind manufacturers use a variety of methods to add automation to their blinds. Some of the more inexpensive models run off a simple remote control, while others utilize Bluetooth connectivity or Somfy. Many power blinds can also be used with your Amazon Alexa or Google Home system, controlled by simple voice commands.

Hunter Douglas motorized blinds are the cream of the crop, connecting their blinds through your household internet the same way your smart devices like cameras and thermostats do via their PowerView® Automation system. These sophisticated systems can be operated right from the convenience of your phone or computer, even when you are away from home.

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Of course, motorized blinds require a power source. Battery-powered motorized blinds are the simplest solution. These blinds are equipped with a tube at the top which lifts the blind. Above this tube is a battery which is connected to a motor. Automated blinds powered by batteries offer an elegant look, with no cords, and they are also easy to install. Battery-powered motorized blinds are also ideal for areas without a nearby outlet, in difficult-to-reach windows or spaces such as near an indoor pool where a wire is not advised. Motorized blinds are even available with rechargeable batteries, offering a simple recharging solution when other solutions are not ideal saving you time and money on replacements while reducing your environmental impact. These innovative blind systems can also be hardwired into your home’s electrical system. In new home construction, low-voltage wiring can be installed and connected to a nearby wall-based control panel, making automated blind installation a breeze. Other power sources for motorized blinds include the use of a DC power adapter for a simple automation solution that is common with vertical blinds or even solar power!

Controlling your home’s window coverings at the click of a button or from your phone is sure to add to your enjoyment of your home while adding to its value. Motorized blinds are an integral part of any smart home system, or simply an on-trend window treatment that will pay dividends for years to come.

With so many advantages, from convenience and privacy to safety and energy savings, it’s no surprise that motorized blinds have become one of the hottest trends in window treatments and home décor. These innovative systems will help you to enjoy your home even more while adding to its value. If you’d like to learn more about blind automation or how motorized blinds will add to your home, our window treatment specialists at Preston Blinds will be happy to offer you a demonstration, and even help you to select the perfect ones for your home.