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We Answer the Two Most Common Questions about Motorized Shades

Choose the Right Motorized Window Treatments and Control Method for Your Home

Smart homes are on the rise across Ogden, UT and beyond largely in part to the unparalleled convenience they bring to homeowners’ everyday lives, and motorized shades play a significant role. Manually adjusting the window treatments throughout your home takes a lot of time away from your day, so why not automate your blinds and shades to save a few extra minutes for yourself?

To help you get started on selecting the right motorized shades for your home as well as the best method of control, we’re addressing two of the most common questions we get regarding motorized shades below. Read on to learn more!

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#1. Should I Use Battery-Powered or Low-Voltage Shades?

Before deciding between battery-powered and low-voltage shades, you should first consider the type of project for which you are installing your motorized shades. Are you upgrading the window treatments in your existing property, or are you in the process of building a new home? Depending on the answer, one solution may better suit you over the other.

If you’re looking to upgrade a few select shades in your existing home, then battery-powered may be the best option. Battery-powered motorized shades are less expensive than the alternative, are easily adaptable, and require zero wiring. In short, battery-powered shades are the least disruptive solution for retrofit applications and can run for up to several years without requiring a battery replacement.

If you’re building a new home and want motorized shades in every room of your property, then we recommend selecting low-voltage shades in this case. Low-voltage motorized shades require much less maintenance—especially when it comes to powering dozens of automated window treatments throughout your property. Unlike battery-powered shades, low-voltage shades require no recharging and work reliably, so long as your electricity is running. However, it’s helpful to note that most low-voltage solutions include a battery backup so that they continue operating in the event of a power failure.

#2. What’s the Best Way to Control My Motorized Shades?

Again, let’s consider the type of project for which you are installing your motorized shades. Are you simply upgrading the existing manual shades in your kitchen with a motorized solution? Then an in-wall keypad or handheld remote may be the best solution for you. However, if you’re installing motorized shades throughout your entire home as part of a comprehensive smart home upgrade, we recommend controlling your shades with a home automation system.

Our team at AVWORX works with leading motorized shade providers like QMotion and Draper, which both offer sleek, user-friendly battery-powered remotes to easily lift, lower, and set your shades to a programmed position at any given time. Just press the corresponding button on your remote and control an unlimited number of shades in a group.

For more personalized and convenient control of your motorized shades, we recommend a Control4 home automation system to integrate your disparate technologies together into one intuitive interface that you can use from anywhere in your home—or around the world. Control4 connects with all of your motorized window treatments and enables you to adjust shades in a specific room or throughout your entire property from the convenience of your mobile phone.

What’s more, Control4 lets you create and activate scenes for your motorized shades, program them to run on an astronomical timeclock, and integrate them with your smart lighting, thermostats, security system, and more.

Get started with motorized shades today by connecting with our team of smart home experts here or sending us a live chat below. Want to see smart shades in action first? Visit our local showroom today! We look forward to assisting you.