Imagine being able to raise the shades in your living room when you’re on vacation 4,000 miles away. Or suppose you remember your bedroom blinds need to be closed while you’re at work. These days, you can accomplish that task right from your desk in about 10 seconds.
Just as smart phones revolutionized options for communicating, motorization brought window treatments to the next level. Today, it’s possible to operate shades and blinds with your phone, tablet, remote, wall switch or common home automation hubs. Some applications even allow you to control window treatments on a set schedule, and from virtually anywhere in the world with an accessible data connection.
As the name explains, motorized window treatments rely on a concealed motor that runs on either batteries (standard AA or specialized rechargeable) or electrical wiring (concealed in a side-hand drape or cable track, or hard-wired behind the wall). The motor is designed to partially or completely open and close the blinds or shades.
So how do you operate the motor in your window treatments from across the room or across the world? It might be through a radio wave connection from a hand-held or wall-mounted remote device, so operating shades or blinds is as easy as changing TV channels. You can also control motorized window treatments through a data connection. This is a more flexible option that enables you to move your blinds and shades with a smartphone, iPad, or one of the many home automation systems currently available—anything that uses Internet technology, and from virtually anywhere in the world - so long as you have access to a data connection such as a cellular network or Wi-Fi.
Here are four types of window treatments that can be motorized and automated to address any kind of decorative or practical need:
Cellular (Honeycomb) Shades
Wood Blinds and Faux Wood Blinds
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