Smart Blinds: Answering Your Questions

Technological advancements have transformed our lives, including how we manage our homes on a daily basis. For those ready to embrace the latest innovations, smart blinds and automated window coverings offer an exciting starting point. At Bazaar Home Decorating, we’ve noticed a surge of interest in this topic, and our team is eager to answer the top questions our clients ask!

What Can Be Automated?

In short, any type of window covering can be automated. This includes blinds, shutters, shades, and drapery. Did you know that  smart shutters were a thing? You may encounter various names for these like motorized drapes and smart shades, but let’s explore what sets them apart.

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Palm Beach™ Motorized Shutters


What Makes Each One Unique?

One of our articles delves into the features of smart shades, automated shutters, drapes, and remote control blinds–and what makes them different from each other. Despite sharing common traits such as motorized adjustments and the absence of manual operation, they do not have the same capabilities and features. For instance, control options range from simple push-button adjustments to voice commands via smart home devices.

How Does the App Work?

Hunter Douglas PowerView Automated shades are highly rated. This is partly because of their user-friendly app. The app is regularly updated to ensure seamless access to your shades’ features. Check it out to see how easy it is to use:

Do They Plug In?

Automated window coverings can be powered in two ways: hardwiring or batteries. Hardwiring is convenient during home construction, allowing for the installation of low-voltage wiring. While hardwiring is efficient for those who wish to avoid batteries, it may not always be the most practical option.

What About Battery Powered Shades?

Battery-powered shades are super convenient, which is why many homeowners choose them. Remote control blinds use minimal power, with batteries needing replacement every year or two if adjusted daily. For a more sustainable option, consider Hunter Douglas’ rechargeable battery wand. It is designed to fit within the headrail of motorized shades, eliminating the need for disposable batteries!

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Battery Rechargeable Battery Wand for Hunter Douglas Shades


How Long Do Motorized Shades Last?

Motorized blinds and shades typically experience less wear and tear compared to manual ones, resulting in longer-lasting conditions.

Are Remote Control Blinds Loud?

The motors in smart shades are known for their “whisper quiet” operation. They emit a low hum as they adjust to your preferences. After being adjusted, you don’t hear a sound!

An ipad controlling automated shades.
EverWood® with PowerView® Automation


How Much Do Motorized Shades Cost?

Cost is a common question when it comes to smart blinds. While investing in home automation can be a bit pricey, it’s important to budget for each project. Hunter Douglas window treatments, known for their top quality, can increase your home’s value, especially when automation is involved. Factors affecting the cost include:

  • Number of window coverings needed
  • Type of window shades selected
  • Chosen automation method (individual window/wand, smart home integration, remote control)
  • Additional features like top-down or dual shades

Smart home integration may require additional components. However, this depends on the brand. Hunter Douglas shades are compatible with systems like Control4, Elan, and Logitech, and can be easily controlled via Alexa and Siri.

Don’t Miss “Hidden Savings” for Smart Blinds

When discussing motorized blinds, we highlight significant savings. This encompasses both time and money savings. Clients often find automated shades an essential piece to their home, noting benefits such as:

  • Effortless temperature control with scheduled or instant adjustments
  • Time savings from adjusting multiple windows
  • Easy adjustments for hard-to-reach shades
  • Enhanced security through automatic adjustments while away
  • Convenience of natural light instead of overhead lights
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

Moreover, we know that you can purchase remote control blinds from different brands. However, using a reputable brand and trusted company is crucial. Navigating new technology is a challenge, but our team at Bazaar Home Decorating is here to help. We provide comprehensive support, from installation day to long after. Contact us to schedule your FREE consultation and experience the future of home automation today!