Motorized shades are window shades that are powered by electricity. Using a remote control or a timer hooked up to a computer, a homeowner is able to raise or lower the shades. Motorized shades have gained popularity in recent years due to their increased convenience for the homeowner, their light blocking ability, and their high levels of customization.
There are several benefits to motorized shades. One of the clearest benefits is that motorized shades are convenient for the homeowner. Motorized shades alleviate the necessity of the homeowner to adjust levels of shades themselves. The level of light entering a room can therefore be managed even in the homeowner’s absence by using a computer timer on the shades. Therefore, the homeowner does not need to worry about getting home in time to close the shades and prevent afternoon sun from heating the space – the shades take care of everything themselves.
Motorized shades also come with the benefit of being highly customizable. Although many shades come in standard lengths, motorized shades are installed directly into the home and therefore they do not come with standards as far as lengths. For this reason, many large window spaces such as office towers or penthouses where custom window sizes are not present use motorized shades. Motorized shades work by applying a consistent degree of pressure to the mechanism to lower and raise the shades. Therefore, delicate fabrics and designs are suitable for use in motorized shades.
Because motorized shades do not require a person to actually reach them in order for them to be lowered, the shades can be used on particularly high spaces that would otherwise not make it possible for a person to adjust the shades. The shades do not need to be made accessible, which leads to many creative implementations of them. Spaces that previously could not be shaded at all are now able to have light efficiently blocked at the sunniest parts of the day. This can cut down on cooling costs for major spaces, which is a very attractive feature to many home and office owners.
Although motorized shades are very customizable, homeowners should still be mindful of how the look and feel of motorized shades is going to affect the existing room. The purpose of motorized shades is not to detract from the beauty of a view or window, and the shades should be situated in a way that still allows the window to be the focal point of the room.
As with any new product, it’s important to have an understanding of the warranty associated with the motor on the shades. If the motor is to require maintenance, it is a good idea to know in advance what type of process will be necessary for repairs to take place. Although day-to-day access to the shades is not a consideration in their placement, there should be a way to access the motor of the shades easily for maintenance.