Window shades are a great way to improve the look and feel of your home or office. But did you know that motorized window shades offer a number of benefits that traditional window shades don’t?
In general motorized window shades are a good solution for windows that are hard to reach, very large, and/or that have a unique or awkward shape. They can be installed inside your home or on the outside.
Benefits of Motorized Window Shades
Reduced Solar Heat Gain
As the Pacific Northwest continues to experience hotter weather in the Summer, more homeowners are energy efficient ways to beat the heat. To avoid excessive heat buildup, exterior shades may be the best option for you. Over 75% of the energy from light that enters your windows will become heat in your home. If you want to avoid having your home heat up like a greenhouse, then anything you can do to block the sun rays before they get to your window glass will help.
You could plant trees to shade your home, but trees take a long time to grow, and you might not want trees blocking your amazing view. Also it can be dangerous to have a large tree too close to your home, because it could get blown over onto your home causing damage in a storm.
Some people install awnings over their windows to provide permanent shade protection, but you might not want shade all the time. For example, here in Seattle, you may only want shade protection during the Summer months, while in Winter you probably welcome all the sunshine and heat you can get. Furthermore, many people dislike the looks of permanent window awnings. On a sleek, modern exterior, window awnings may clash with the architectural style of your home.
If any of these issues seem familiar then exterior motorized window shades may be the best option for you. Modern motorized window shades can be made to fit with almost any home style and will add value rather than detract from your home’s curb appeal.
In addition to providing protection from heat, motorized window shades can provide UV protection, which is important for preventing damage to furniture and flooring, not to mention your skin! Since UV rays are a leading cause of sun cancer, this is definitely a consideration to keep in mind.
Motorized window shades are a good option for those who want to program their shades for automatic operation–for example to open in the morning at close in the heat of the afternoon. They can also be an excellent option for seniors, disabled people, or anyone living alone who might have trouble operating manual blinds.
Motorized window shades can be great for privacy, as they can be controlled remotely. This means that even if you are not at home, you can close the shades when you don’t want people to see in, and open them when you do.
Motorized window shades are available in a variety of styles, so you can find ones that match the decor of your home.
Installing Motorized Window Shades
If you know that motorized shades are right for you, then the next step is working with a provider and possibly a designer who can guide you in the process. In the process of installation you will need electricity near the motor in order to operate the blinds. Doing this will most likely involve working with a licensed electrician to install a junction box in the correct location.