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Dispelling Misconceptions About Motorized Shades

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Many homeowners have misconceptions about motorized shades, and because of this they are missing a great opportunity to get fantastic new window treatments, better energy efficiency, maximum control over natural light, and ultimate peace of mind.

 

You may be thinking about new window coverings for your home, but you think that motorized window shades are just for homeowners who want to show off with their latest technology gadget. This could not be further from the truth, so let’s delve into some of the misconceptions that many people have motorized window shades.

 

One misconception that people have about motorized window shades is that they are a frivolous luxury. When motorized window shades were first introduced, they were mainly installed in commercial buildings and in wealthier homes. That gave the impression that they were mainly for show but didn’t serve any practical purpose.

 

However, as technological advances have been made in motorized window shades, and as smart technology has made its way into many American homes, motorized window shades are now affordable for anyone who wants them.

 

But motorized window shades aren’t just for show. They offer many benefits that you may not be aware of. One benefit is increased energy efficiency for your home. Motorized window shades can reduce the energy loss through the windows of your home by up to 20%.

 

Other benefits are that motorized window shades give you complete control of your home’s privacy and light filtering. And, motorized window shades can be operated with a smartphone or a tablet, whether you are at home or you are away from home.

 

Another misconception about motorized window shades is that motorization can only be done with certain styles of shades. However, that is not the case. Whether you want cellular window shades, Roman window shades, roller window shades, or any other type of window shade for you home, motorization is available.

 

You may have the misconception that motorized window shades make too much when you are operating them. This can be a genuine concern if you are considering having motorized window shades installed throughout your home.

 

However, that concern is not a concern. Motorized window shades are equipped with very quiet motors that are as soft as a whisper. Therefore, even if you are operating all of your motorized window shades at the same time – such as having them close in the evening as the sun is going down – you will barely hear them.

 

Motorized window shades were bulky when they were first introduced several decades ago. Therefore, there is a misconception that when you have motorized window shades installed on the windows of your home, they will look bulky and they will take up a lot of space.

However, over the years, there have been many improvements in design and materials, so motorized window shades are trim and sleek and not bulky at all.

 

Another very common misconception about motorized window shades is that they are very hard to maintain. The reality is that motorized window shades can actually be much easier to maintain because they undergo less wear and tear than window shades that have to be lowered and raised manually.

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Battery maintenance is also much easier with motorized shades than when they were first available on the market. Most batteries, with normal usage, are designed to last between three and five years, so you replace them very infrequently.

 

You also have the option of using rechargeable batteries in your motorized window shades, which means the batteries don’t have to be replaced when they have a low charge, but simply recharged continually by having a power cord plugged into the battery.

 

If you’d like learn more about motorized shades, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm.

Improve Your Smart Home with Smart Motorized Shutters

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If you have been thinking about motorized shutters for your home, you should think about incorporating them with the smart technology you have already installed in your home. Having smart motorized window shutters will let you use the technology you already have to make your home more energy efficient and more secure.

 

Smart motorized window shutters will also give you complete control on how much natural light you want in your home at any time, and they can be programmed to open and close at certain times during the day.

 

With smart motorized window shutters, you can use your smartphone or tablet to set a daily schedule for when your motorized window shutters should be opened and closed. Once you set the schedule, you can forget it. However, if you decide you want to open or close your motorized window shutters at a time that is not on the schedule, you can do that just as easily whether you’re at home or halfway across the world.

 

This ability to control your smart motorized shutters lets you maximize the energy efficiency of your home. For example, in the winter months you may want to open your motorized window shutters once the sun is up to allow as much natural light in as possible to let the sun’s warmth help keep the inside of your home warmer, and then close them as the sun goes down to keep the thermal heat inside.

 

Likewise, during the summer months, you may want to open your smart motorized window shutters during the cooler parts of the day, but close them when the sun is hottest so that the internal temperature of your home stays cooler and more comfortable.

 

When you have this kind of light control with smart motorized window shutters, you can minimize the amount of time your HVAC system has to run during all the seasons, which will cut down on your energy usage and save money on your energy costs.

 

Security is always a priority for homeowners. As you and your family go about your daily schedules or travel for work or leisure, there may be many times when no one is home for long stretches at a time.

 

This makes your home a target for burglars, since would-be thieves often watch a home for a while to make sure no one is there (if you’re out of town) or to figure out what times during the day nobody is usually home.

 

With smart motorized window shutters, you have the ability to make it look as though someone is always home. You can set your smart motorized window shutters to open and close throughout the day, and you can coordinate your smart motorized window shutters to work in conjunction with your smart lighting.

 

motorized shutterFor example, your smart lighting may come on as soon as the sun sets. You can program your smart motorized window shutters to close at the same time. If your smart lighting turns off as soon as the sun rises, you can program your smart motorized window shutters to open then as well.

 

Smart motorized window shutters do not require anything other than an internet connection and a smart hub. You do not have to pay an electrician to install additional electrical wiring in order to operate them.

 

Smart motorized window shutters make sense because they offer you and your family so many benefits using technology you probably already have installed in your home.

 

If you’d like to learn more about smart motorized shutters, you can speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm.

Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization Q & A’s

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Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization brings you the newest technology to make operating your Hunter Douglas window treatments easier than ever. However, as people start to think about incorporating Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization, there are many common questions they ask. Maybe some of them are questions you have too.

 

Question: How do I operate my window coverings with Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization?

 

Answer: Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization can be operated using several different methods. These include using a remote control, a wall switch, a smartphone or a tablet (using the PowerView app). In addition, you can operate your motorized window treatments using Amazon Alexa, Google assistant, and Nest.

 

Question: Does Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization require me to have new electrical wiring installed in my home?

 

Answer: You do not need to hire an electrician to do any electrical wiring with Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization. Your motorized window coverings are powered by either batteries or a plug-in power supply. Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization requires a simple battery pack installation. The battery pack is installed behind the headrail where it is not visible. Battery replacement recommendations are based on their size, configuration, and usage.

 

Question: What styles of Hunter Douglas window treatments can be installed with Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization?

 

Answer: Most of Hunter Douglas’ window coverings can be installed with Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization. The window treatments include cellular window shades (Honeycombs), Silhouette window shades, Nantucket window shades, roller window shades, Roman window shades, Woven Wood window shades, window shutters (with slat tilt operation), wood and metal window blinds (with slat tilt operation), and Somner vertical window blinds, among others.

 

Question: I am away from home a lot. Does Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization give me the ability to automate the operation of my window treatments when I’m gone so it looks like someone is always home?

 

Answer: One of the great benefits of having Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization is that you can set up a schedule where your window treatments automatically open and close during the day at the times you choose. In addition, using the PowerView® app, you can use your smartphone or tablet to manually open or close your window coverings, no matter where you are.

 

Question: Do I need to have an internet connection to use Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization with my window treatments?

 

Answer: Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization can be used without an internet connection if you are using only a wall switch or Pebble remote with your window coverings. However, if you want to use the PowerView® app or you want to integrate Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization with other smart technology in your home, then you will need to have an internet connection and a smart hub installed.

 

Question: Do I really need to integrate Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization with other smart technology I am using in my home?

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Answer: You should definitely consider it. One of the main reasons that smart technology is so popular among homeowners is because it gives them a lot of control over things in their home even when they are not home. By integrating Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization into your home’s smart technology, you can make your home more secure if you and your family are away during the day or on a trip. You can coordinate Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization to operate your window treatments in coordination with smart lighting, so that when your lights come on in the evening your window coverings close and when your lights go off in the morning your window treatments open.

 

If you’d like to learn more about Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization, our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm can help you.