(Hunter Douglas Silhouette® Shades with Powerview™ operating system)

Smart homes are the new and upcoming trend in the interior design business. TV shows like Mr. Robot illustrates the rise of technology today. Products like: The Nest, Petzi Treat Cam, Projectors, using tv’s as a smart hubs, and Amazon’s Dash buttons are automating our home life as we know it. The window treatment business has also made advancements with the latest technology trends. Providing state of the art motorized products by manufacturers like Hunter Douglas, comfy and Luton allows your window treatments to run with a simple push of a button. Can’t Decide if you want to update your home to a “smart” home? Well, coming from a company that has over 20 years of experience, we will go over the pros and cons of purchasing motorized window treatments for your humble abode.

PROS:

1. Having motorized window treatments are safe.

Automated window treatments are controlled wireless, therefore there is no choking hazard contained on the window treatment. This is a great feature for families with small children. Having a cordless control on the window treatment is also safe for pets. Small animals enjoy playing with the hanging strings, as a result: causing breakage or even worse, harm to the pet.

2. Adding electric window coverings give the cleanest design.

Due to seamless control system, having motorized shades gives a sleeker look. Cord are controlled by a motor which is tucked away in the window treatment’s handrail.

3. Great window covering control option for hard to reach windows.

Powered shades are a great match for skylights, large windows and even windows that extend for multiple stories in a home and/or office. Electric treatments are also great for people who have disabilities and cannot run window treatment controls.

CONS:

1. Motorized window treatments are a new concept.

Since automated window coverings were first introduced only a few years ago, like apple products, there are many updates. This can be troublesome if your window treatment motor needs a repair (which is almost never the case).

2. Batteries have a short life span on battery operated motor window treatments.

After years of experience, battery operated window treatments do not work well with certain types of AA batteries. Royal Window Coverings Inc. recommends AA batteries that are manufactured by Duracell. Many of the other AA battery brands seem to drain quickly when applied to these window treatment motors (which is an easy fix).

3. Motorized Shades can be costly.

Purchasing motorized shades can be pricey. Adding motorization to a window treatment can raise each the price of the shade up to $250 or more. Because of the constant advancements to technology, Motorized window treatments are due to keep decreasing in price.

Credit: Zoe Vega