Smart Blinds Q&A

Take the plunge with us to explore the world of smart blinds and other automated window coverings. If you want to tap into the innovative solutions, or just have questions, Blue Sky Shutters & Shades has the answers. This is one of the most talked about topics with our clients, so let’s dive into it!

Which Window Coverings Can Be Automated?

Well…all of them. Whether it’s blinds, shades, shutters, or drapery, they can be automated. And yes, that includes smart shutters. Amazing right? Because there is such a large range in each category it’s common to hear window covering automations called different names from smart shades to motorized drapes, and many more.

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Palm Beach™ Motorized Shutters with Split Tilt


What’s the Difference Between Them All?

Check out one of our recent articles to better understand the difference between smart shades, remote control blinds, automated shutters and drapes. They have similarities, like motors that operate the adjustment and they cannot be manually adjusted. But after that, it’s their capabilities that truly set their differences apart. To control their commands, it can be any type, from a push button, to voice commands through a smart home device like Alexa or GoogleHome.


How Does the App Work?

Hunter Douglas PowerView Automated shades have a high rating due to the user-friendly system. They update the app often to make sure the access is easy, simple, and effective. Watch to see for yourself how easy it is:

Are They Plug In?

There are two ways to run power for automated window coverings. 

  1. Hardwired
  2. Battery Use

Hardwiring is more convenient when your home is in the midst of construction so the low voltage wire can be run. However, running the electrical can be a choice if you don’t want to use batteries, but it isn’t always practical.


What about Battery Powered Shades?

This is the way most homeowners choose to go. Remote control blinds use a small amount of power so they only need to be changed approximately every one to two years. This is with them being used everyday! Hunter Douglas created a rechargeable battery wand that’s made to fit right into the headrail of motorized shades. No need for disposable batteries!

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Rechargeable Battery Wand for Hunter Douglas Shades


How Long Can Motorized Shades Expect to Last?

Motorized shades and blinds are handled physically so much less than manually controlled window treatments. They tend to last longer and be in much better condition.

Are Remote Control Blinds Loud?

Not at all. The motor is similar to a soft whisper. A low humming sound will be produced as the smart shades adjust.

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Everwood® Alternative Blinds with PowerView® Automation


How Much Do Motorized Shades Cost?

This is one of the top (if not the top) question when discussing smart blinds. Investing in your home can be costly, so it’s wise to budget for every project. Keep in mind, top quality brands like Hunter Douglas will drastically increase the resale value of your home. To determine a more accurate ballpark figure, there are a few factors that will contribute to that assessment:

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

The brand you pick weighs into the price as well. Some require additional components if you want smart home integration. Hunter Douglas, on the other hand, makes sure to have their automated shades compatible with Control4, Elan, Logitech and more. You can easily control them with Alexa and Siri.

Don’t Miss Out on the “Hidden Savings” of Smart Blinds

We want to bring to light the savings past clients express when they switch to motorized blinds because we understand cost is a valid concern. So the most valuable factors we hear are:

  • How easy it is to maintain comfortable interior temperatures with scheduled & instant adjustments
  • The time they save adjusting multiple windows at once
  • Hard-to-reach window shade adjustments are easy as can be
  • The increased security they feel at night, or on vacation, with automatic adjustments
  • How simple it is to bring in natural light instead of using overhead lights
Duette® Honeycomb Shades with PowerView® Automation


The Most Important Considerations?

We understand, due to the nature of a consumer market, there are a lot of places to buy smart blinds. But, we know the products, the process, and what can be done after the install. We have been in the business for a long time, and we can help you with every step, question, or issue. With any type of technology, the chances of needing assistance increases, and we want to be that helping hand. If you would like more information on how we can assist from vision to long after the install, contact us today for your free in-home consultation. It’s a smart move.