Smart Blinds: Everything You Need to Know

Over the past 30 years, we have seen massive technological advancements. This is even true for your home. Whether you’re embracing the latest and greatest, or are interested in learning more, the world of smart blinds and various automated window coverings could be the place to start! It is one of the most frequently asked about topics among our clients. Our team at Window Fashions of Texas is ready to share the top questions and answers…

What Can Be Automated?

To be short and sweet, our three main window covering categories can be created with automation in mind. This goes for blinds, shades, and drapery. You will hear many different names for automated window coverings–from motorized drapes to smart shades. Let’s dive into how they differ from one another.

motorized blinds or smart shades in San Antonio TX

What Makes Each One Unique?

A recent article of ours provides a deeper understanding of how smart shades, automated drapes, and remote control blinds are unique. While they have a lot in common–they cannot be adjusted manually and all have motors that operate the adjustments–the capabilities and features differ from there. Control options range from simple push-button instant adjustments, to voice commands via your smart home device.

How Does the App Work?

Hunter Douglas PowerView Automated shades receive high ratings partly due to their user-friendly setup. The app is continually updated to ensure easy and effective access to your shades’ features. Take a look and see for yourself how simple it is:

Do They Plug In?

There are two options to power automated window coverings. These are hardwiring or using batteries. Hardwiring motorized blinds is definitely convenient during home construction, as low-voltage wiring can be installed then and there. While hardwiring can be an efficient choice if you prefer to avoid batteries, it is only practical during construction or remodeling.

What About Battery Powered Shades?

There is ease that comes along with battery-powered shades. This is why most homeowners opt for this. With remote control blinds, they use very little power. You can expect to change the batteries every year or two if your shades are adjusted every single day. If you’re interested in a more sustainable choice, the rechargeable battery wand by Hunter Douglas is a perfect option. It is made to fit within the headrail of motorized shades. Not only is it out of the way, but it gets rid of the need for disposable batteries.

close up of motorized shades rechargeable battery in home office in San Antonio
Rechargeable Battery Wand for Hunter Douglas Shades


How Long Do Motorized Shades Last?

Motorized blinds and shades are not handled as much as those controlled manually. Therefore, they stay in good condition longer!

Are Remote Control Blinds Loud?

Homeowners describe the sound as whisper quiet. There is a low humming sound as your smart shades adjust to fit your schedule and lifestyle needs.

automated shades app
EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds, PowerView® Automation


How Much Do Motorized Shades Cost?

This is one of the questions people most frequently ask us about smart blinds. It’s an important factor when you determine which operating features work best for you. While investing in your home can be costly, budgeting for every project is advisable. Hunter Douglas window treatments are top quality and increase the value of your home if you ever decide to sell it. It increases even more when automated. Here are some factors that add to the cost of automated shades:

  • The amount of window coverings you need
  • The type of window shades you select
  • Which automation you pick (individual window/wand, smart home integration, remote control)
  • Added features like top-down or dual shades

You may find yourself needing additional components if you choose smart home integration, depending on the brand. Hunter Douglas has worked tirelessly to ensure that their automated shades are compatible with most home systems, such as Control4, Elan, Logitech, and more. You can easily control them using Alexa and Siri.

Don’t Miss “Hidden Savings” for Smart Blinds

When discussing the cost of motorized blinds, Window Fashions of Texas always highlights the significant savings we offer, whether it’s time or money. Our past clients often express how indispensable automated shades have become in their lives. They frequently mention these benefits:

  • Effortless maintenance of interior temperatures with scheduled or instant adjustments
  • Time saved from adjusting multiple windows
  • Easy adjustments for hard-to-reach window shades
  • Enhanced security at night or while on vacation through automatic adjustments
  • The convenience of bringing in natural light instead of relying on overhead lights

These factors make motorized blinds a worthwhile investment for any homeowner.

Large black trim windows covered partially by duette shades in a light taupe color that overlook a backyard pool in the summer.
Duette® Honeycomb Shades with PowerView® Automation


Final Considerations

Today, anything you want is right at your fingertips. We know that you can buy remote control blinds in a variety of places, from any number of brands. However, we’ve been in this business for a long time. One thing we can tell you–if you’re investing in your home, make sure it’s with a brand you know and a company you can trust. Navigating new technology can sometimes require some help. Whether you have questions, need more information, or come across an issue, you can count on our support. Our team of experts at Window Fashions of Texas will set up all the features on installation day, guiding you through the entire process. Plus, our support doesn’t end there—we’re here for you long after the installation. Why wait? Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation.