Motorized Windows: So What?
So what if your window coverings are motorized, what good does it do?
We have heard that question before, just not phrased quite as harshly. During our E-Wand beta testing process, people who would never have considered purchasing motorized window coverings are finding them more useful than they originally imagined. There are three main areas where motorized window coverings excel, none of which were initially considered by our beta testers.
Simultaneous Control over all Windows
Energy Conservation. We have written a lot about energy conservation by utilizing window coverings. Homeowners can save between 10-15% of their annual energy consumption by closing their blinds on hot days and opening them on cold days. Window Covering Automation devices control the opening and closing of blinds or draperies, so users don’t have to pay close attention to the outside temperature. Many users are not home during the day because they are working or running errands, so devices like the E-Wand and our upcoming drapery products controlling the window coverings automatically allows for maximum energy efficiency.
Privacy Control. One of the most important features of motorizing window coverings is to maximize privacy at night. If a blind is open, at night the interior of the home can be easily seen from the street. Some motorized window coverings connect to Wi-Fi and, based on the configured settings, close whatever time sunset is supposed to occur. Our upcoming drapery products can be controlled through Wi-Fi and a bridge, as well as through our other standard means of control. The E-Wand's automated movements at sunrise and sunset are controlled through a sensor that detects changes in light. For either method, being sure your blinds are all closed at night is the goal. With all your blinds motorized, there is no risk that one lone blind will be left open and expose the inside of your home to the world.
Simultaneous Control over all Windows. We don’t illuminate our space by walking to every light bulb in a room and flipping individual switches. We flip one switch as we walk into a room and all lighting fixtures connected to that one control hub turn on. With new Wi-Fi light bulbs, we no longer even have to have the switch connected directly to the electrical system, as they can be customized to control specific lights around the house. Because we no longer control each bulb individually, why is it acceptable for us to walk to every blind or drapery in a space and manually open or close them? Motorization allows for lighting-fixture-like control over the window coverings in a space. Our products, like the E-Wand, have a remote available with 5 individual channels and an all-channel. Channels on our remote can hold individual blinds or whole rooms of blinds, allowing consumers to fully customize their window covering experience.
Imagine, for a moment, coming home from work and being able to push a single button to open all the blinds in your living room, allowing the orange glow of a soon to set sun into the space. Or perhaps the blinds are open during the day and you decide to watch a movie. All it takes is a single push of a button to close all the blinds and plunge the space into cinematic darkness.
For these three reasons, and many others, motorizing window coverings should be in the forefront of people’s minds when considering home automation products or new window coverings. It is important for consumers to be aware of the available options for the products they purchase, and know they are making the right decision for them and for their space. With the steady increase in technology and automation, very few consumers would not benefit and enjoy window and blind motorization.