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Smart Shades: Everything You Absolutely Need to Know

by Reyna Thomas

Although remote-controlled motorized window solutions have been available for some time, smart blinds continue to change the game because of all the extra features they provide. Imagine seeing your home's blinds automatically close once the sun sets or opening your window blinds every morning without getting out of bed!  Installing smart blinds in your home provides all these conveniences and more. If you’re curious about how they can benefit your home, read on to learn the basics!

What Are Smart Shades?

Smart shades are window coverings that can be controlled remotely, typically with a smartphone or voice assistant. They offer a convenient way to manage light and temperature in your home, as well as privacy and security. Ultimately, they can help you reduce your energy consumption and electricity bill. These shades can be powered via batteries, solar panels, wires, or DC adapters.

man using smart shade automation

And don’t worry, there are numerous styles of smart blinds. You can get wooden slatted blinds, fabric roller blinds, or heat-retaining honeycomb blinds. You can also buy smart blinds in a variety of colors, fabrics, and finishes to match your decor, just as with traditional blinds.

What Are the Benefits of Smart Shades?

There are several benefits of using smart shades in your home:

Energy efficiency: Smart shades can help you conserve energy by automatically adjusting to the sunlight coming in. This can help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, reducing your energy bills.

Comfort and convenience: Smart shades offer a convenient way to manage light and temperature in your home. With just a few taps on your smartphone, you can adjust the shading to suit your needs or schedule the shades to go down or up at certain times of the day.

Privacy and security: Smart shades can provide an extra layer of privacy and security for your home. When closed, they can prevent people from seeing inside, and when controlled remotely, you can make it seem like people are home. And some models even include features like automatic locking when activated, making it harder for intruders to break in.

remote control panel for motorized roller shades

What Are the Different Styles of Smart Shades?

As mentioned before, there are several different styles of smart shades available on the market:

Roller shades: Roller shades are a type of window covering that consists of a piece of fabric that rolls up or down to cover the window. They’re typically made from lightweight materials like cloth, paper, or plastic and look smooth no matter their position.

Roman shades: Roman shades are a type of window covering that folds up accordion-style when raised. They’re usually made from heavier fabrics like wool, linen, or cotton. They provide the look of traditional window curtains with some modernization added.

Honeycomb shades: Honeycomb shades are a type of window covering with several layers of fabric connected by small honeycomb-shaped cells. These cells help trap air, making the shades more energy-efficient.

smart blinds with remote control

What Are the Best Smart Shades?

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best smart shades for your home:

Material:  The shade's material will affect its appearance, durability, and how well it insulates your home. And you can always choose a material that matches your décor and needs (with regard to technology and features).

Color:  The color of the shade can also affect its appearance and insulation properties. Darker colors will absorb more heat, making them better for cooling your home in the summer. Lighter colors will reflect more heat, making them better for keeping your home warm in the winter.

Size:  Make sure to measure your windows before you buy smart shades. You’ll need to know the width and height of the window so you can choose a shade that’s the right size.

Controls:  Smart shades typically come with remote control, but some models also include features like voice control or a smartphone app control. Choose a model that has the most convenient controls for you and your home.

Installation:  While you can purchase some DIY smart window coverings, many require custom installation. If you choose a DIY model and decide to install it yourself, you should be aware that setting them up to connect to Wi-Fi is difficult for a lot of people. So, it's best to leave smart shade installation to the pros.

motorized shades in room

Why Smart Shades?

For your home's windows, smart shades are typically a better option than drapes for a number of reasons.

For example, window shades, especially smart shades, are significantly more effective in controlling light and are simpler and more convenient to clean.  Additionally, window coverings give any room a much more trendy and modern appearance than curtains do.

Smart window treatments are also a substantial and long-lasting investment for your house. They cost more upfront than typical shades or curtains, but many have found the expense worthwhile. This is particularly true for people who have large windows, windows that are difficult to reach, or those who want to reduce their electricity costs by better restricting sunlight.

Conclusion

Overall, smart blinds are a fantastic investment that many homeowners should consider. And we have many different types of smart shades available, so you’re sure to find one that meets your needs at Smart Automation Solutions. Keep in mind that although smart shades can be more expensive than traditional window coverings, they can help you save money on your energy bills in the long run. If you’re ready to add smart shades to your home, schedule a consultation. And if you have any questions before your appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call!