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Motorized Window Treatments

Motorized Shades and Draperies

Integrating the shades and blinds of your home into your automation system enables you to further enhance energy savings and security.  But what are automated window treatments and how do they work?

Traditional window treatments require you to open and close them manually.  We’re all familiar with the cord on the curtains that when pulled down opens the drapes and when release closes them.  While they are effective at blocking light and helping to reduce heat transfer, they require manual operation EVERY TIME you want to open or close them.

Electric shades take this one step farther.  You have remote controls that allow you to press a button and raise or lower the shades to whatever level you like.  These are much more convenient, but still require you to operate the remote whenever you want to adjust the window treatments.  


Why Should You Invest in Automated Window Treatments?

Motorized window shades and blinds are a convenient and practical solution for a wide variety of situations. Here are just a few of the benefits you will enjoy:

  • Want to open the shades or blinds from the comfort of your seat? Not a problem. Our window coverings can be operated from anywhere using your tablet or smartphone. No more annoying glare when enjoying your favorite movie or sporting event on your home theater system.
  • Window treatments can also be controlled using wall switches or incorporated into scenes of a lighting system.
  • Do you enjoy waking up to the sunrise but prefer to keep the shades closed during the night? A programmable timer can schedule your blinds to open each morning at a time of your choosing, and close again at night.
  • Automated shades are ideal for windows that are either too high to reach, or are located behind a couch or other types of furniture. Rather than straining to reach them or just leaving them closed all the time, use a remote to lift and lower them with ease.
  • Motorized operation of your shades and blinds places less wear and tear on them than does manual operation
  • Since no cords are necessary to operate automated window shades, they are a safer choice for households with small children or pets.

A shade system from Innovative Sight & Sound can monitor sunlight and close motorized blinds and shades during the hottest part of the day. This can reduce heat transfer and also reduce your energy costs.

Shades and blinds also enhance your home’s privacy and security. They can be programmed to raise and lower at specific times of day when you’re using certain rooms. And while you’re out of town they can be lowered to reduce the chance of prying eyes.

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Integrating Your Shades With Your Home Automation System

Now lets talk about fully automated shades and blinds.  These products can be controlled using a remote control just like electric shades.  But they can also be controlled by your home automation system.  This has several key advantages:

  • they can adjust themselves based on the amount of light entering the room
  • they can raise or lower based on the time of day
  • you can control them individually or all at once
  • they can automatically lower when you begin watching TV or a movie

During the hot days of the summer direct sunlight can cause temperatures in your house to increase dramatically.

Our automated shading solutions can be operated by remote control, wall switches, timers, and sunlight sensors adding energy efficiency and convenience to any room of your home.  For more about home automation click here.

Installation of Motorized Shades and Blinds

There are a couple different options when it comes to installing motorized shades and blinds in your home.  The first is during construction.  We handle running wires to every shade location.  These are tied into the home automation system allowing for complete independent control of each device.

The second option is to use wireless shades or blinds.  These are battery powered and can be installed whenever you like.  Each of the shades communicates with a wireless controller that gives you the same functionality as a wired system.  The only difference is that the wireless systems require batteries.

One of our favorite product lines for both applications is Lutron.

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