Home automation is one of the hottest innovations impacting the interior design industry right now. Smart home devices have changed the way we live and care for our homes. There’s almost no device that can’t be controlled remotely, and window treatments are no exception.

Making the right choice when purchasing motorized blind treatments can be challenging. We answer your most frequent questions about motorized blinds.

 What are motorized blinds and how do they work

Electric window treatment, also known as motorized window treatment, is a blind or roller blind that is operated by an electric motor and controlled by a remote control. This usually means that the lift function is motorized, but it can also refer to the tilt function of the blind or blind. Since there are fewer cables hanging from a motorized shade, they are often a safer choice for households with children or pets.

Motorized blinds and shades are often powered by a lithium battery (usually AA batteries), but some also have a rechargeable motor that plugs into an outlet using a USB cable when charging is needed. 

The battery life compared to the battery life per charge of the charger is about the same. It typically lasts 6 months to a year on a single charge, but the exact lifespan will vary depending on how big your shade is and how often you use it.

DC power cords are also an option for some (not all) motorized shades, but this option only works if you have an outlet near a window or in a window frame. Additionally, some shades, including Blinds.

 Motorized blinds connected to a smart device

Smart device compatibility will be between brands. In addition to remote control, many Levolor motorized blinds and blinds are compatible with an app that you can download to your phone or tablet to program and control the blinds.  The Bali motorization option and some Blinds. motorized blinds and shades are compatible with some smart hubs.

Motorized blind window treatments are just as reliable as standard window treatments. However, keep in mind that battery-powered shades need to be charged regularly depending on usage. Most standard window treatments have an average lifespan of 5 years. How often you use blinds or blinds can also affect their lifespan.

Are motorized blinds loud or noisy?

That is a good question. Are the motors noisy? The decibel range for motorized blinds will vary depending on the brand, type of product, and possibly the size of the window treatment. However, motorized blinds are designed with volume in mind, so they are very quiet and only emit a faint hum or buzz.

In general, the installation of motorized blinds is not difficult. Installation specifics will depend on the type of blind or shade you have, as well as the brand. As with regular window treatments, if your blind or shade is really wide, you may need a second set of hands to help with the installation. Most blinds are also pre-programmed with an included remote control.

 Are motorized blind worth it

Motorization is not reserved only for fanatics of technical gadgets. Investing in the comfort and efficiency of every home is definitely worth it. In addition, it pays off, especially for high windows, windows that are located high or otherwise difficult to access.

Even rooms with lots of windows that need to be opened and closed regularly can benefit from automation. You can easily program your shades to rise at the same time.

For travelers or vacation homes, motorized blind window treatments can offer some peace of mind. By programming the blinds to raise and lower, it can make it look like someone is home.