Imagine a world in which your blinds and shades automatically open in the morning, partially close as the sun becomes intense and completely shut for evening privacy. Sound like science fiction? Not so! We live in a world where you can program the positioning of your shades, control them with a touch of a button on your remote, cell phone or smart device and even add light or temperature sensors to your automation!
Motorized shades have been around for some time. They raise and lower via a motor, which means you don’t have to fuss with lift cords, chains, or even cordless solutions. Instead, you press a single button on a remote control. More recently, manufacturers have come up with “smart blinds.” They are motorized blinds that can be controlled remotely through a mobile application and are compatible with voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri. They allow you to program and schedule the positioning of your window coverings for convenience, enhanced privacy, energy efficiency and increased security. Some smart blinds include sensors that control the positioning of your shades based on exterior lighting and/or exterior temperature. These blinds make your home smarter, easier and more convenient.
Hunter Douglas’ PowerView® Motorization (recipient of the Red Dot Design Award) allows you to program your blinds to move automatically to your preferred positions throughout the day. You can reduce energy consumption, keep furniture from fading and make your home appear occupied. The PowerView® app lets you control your blinds with the swipe of a finger on your smartphone or tablet and is compatible with smart home systems (Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Nest). The Pebble remote control permits you to trigger pre-programmed scenes on demand and the remote connect feature lets you operate your shades from anywhere in the world.
Shade-O-Matic’s Momenta app works with your Apple® or Android® mobile device and can be set to open and close blinds automatically. This app enables users to set the precise position of multiple motorized window coverings for optimal privacy, security, energy management and mood. Shades can be raised or lowered and vanes can be set to be open, closed, or partially tilted.
Move over Captain Kirk! Automated blinds have arrived.
For all your blind and shade needs, call Blinds West at 403-270-9696, a division of West Hillhurst Paint and Design. Blinds West offers in home or in store consultation, installation, post-sale service, and warranty service. They carry both Hunter Douglas and Shadeomatic products. Book an appointment today!