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Why Install Motorized Window Shades?

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Motorized window treatments provide elegance and convenience to any space and today’s designs are as chic as they are functional, harvesting natural daylight with sleek, sophisticated styles.  Simply stated, motorized window coverings integrated into your home’s automated system make life easier, especially since many can now be controlled with your smartphone.  And, as they have become more and more popular in recent years, an added benefit is the increased value they bring to your home or office space.  But that’s just scratching the surface.

Design-centric

There are an array of styles and custom solutions available that will complement any setting.  Aside from the huge variety of colors, patterns and weaves, the types of coverings are also extensive, ranging from pleated and honeycomb shades to motorized drapery rods.  Motorized treatments are even available for skylights, vertical and bottom-up applications for a sleek, coordinated look.

What’s trending in 2017 is “clean”, multi-layered window treatments, paired with simple drapery panels or sheers with blinds or shades for the perfect combination of light and privacy.  As a CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) professional, we’ll partner with your Interior Designer to create an expert blend of technology and design, pairing the right combination of weave and color with exquisite patterns and textures.

Another design-friendly benefit is the prevention of fading of your fine furnishings through the shade’s UV protection properties. Aside from these practical aspects, the design applications are endless! Window treatments no longer rely on wired connectivity and power. Battery-operated units allow for use on doors and other applications where wiring is not possible.  This is excellent for floor-to-ceiling windows in lake houses where access through the beautiful hardwood floor or vaulted ceiling isn’t possible. Motorized shades and draperies are not confined to windows either. Imagine the drama of elegant draperies parting at the touch of a button to reveal your home theater screen! Or being able to install a hidden drop-down projection screen in front of a window, courtesy of installed black-out shades! Get more ideas by visiting the QMotion Gallery.

Eco-friendly 

Energy-saving is a prime function of shades. They are designed to both harvest daylight and block generated heat, offering substantial reduction in costs.

People-friendly

Window shades promote biophilic design, maximizing sunlight while reducing glare and its resulting  fatigue.  While natural light is often sought to fill space however, according to a recent blog in ASID’s icon, “…sometimes natural light is just too bright. Blocking it out can be as important as letting it in. New innovations and technologies in shading are making it easier for designers to obtain the optimal balance of highly sought natural light and much needed light control.”

Another people-friendly feature is serving as nature’s alarm clock.  Imagine the peaceful, subtle awakening to the natural glow of sunrise.  Shades can be set to open gradually in the morning and close again at sunset.

Safety & Security

A big advantage to motorization is the lack of chains or cord pulls that seem to entice children and pets, which pose a serious safety hazard.  And for your home’s security, just like programming lights to go on and off throughout the day while you’re away, shades opening and closing mimic a lived-in look, deterring break-ins.

Privacy

Shades are an elegant solution for privacy throughout your home.  They are perfect for hard-to-reach windows such as those surrounding your garden tub or in an elevated vaulted ceiling area.  In a space with multiple windows and French doors, this is a tremendous convenience and time-saver. And some fabrics even offer a one-way weave, blocking visibility into your home without interrupting your view of our beautiful Lake Norman area.

In an office environment, shades are a simple solution to transforming glass-enclosed conference rooms into private meeting spaces.  Coupled with their acoustic properties, they also contribute toward HIPPA compliance.

If you’re considering updating your window treatments, consider not only integrating them into your home’s design, but into your home. Give us a call. We’ll show you how to simplify life through technology.

Additional Resources:

Houzz: Small Luxuries: Motorized Window Coverings Offer Benefits to All

Electronics House: 10 Things to Know About Motorized Shades

https://www.qmotionshades.com/products/16-roller-shade-fabrics

Smart Home Basics: Locks 101

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The 21st century version of “lock it and throw away the key.”

 

You’re likely one of the 70 percent of Americans who use their garage as a primary entrance. If not, you’ve probably forgotten to lock the door behind you at least a dozen times. If this sounds familiar, a smart lock or smart garage might be a perfect place for you to start implementing smart home technology into your space.

Keyless entry, remote locking and alert options via handy smartphone apps allow you to change access to your home from wherever you may be. Smart locks also offer a safer alternative to leaving that spare key under the mat. We always suggest assigning different codes to each person you’ve allowed access. Whenever this code is used, you’ll get an alert sent straight to your phone. Even better, consider purchasing a smart lock with a built-in video doorbell, or a system that will record video each time your front door is open. Need more? Some smart locks even feature apps that will send you reminders to lock your door or close the garage – ensuring you have 24/7 access to your home.

Accompany this tech with a professionally-monitored security system, and you’ll have the ability to use your smartphone apps to lock up, trigger your security system on, and even turn on your home’s lights to ward off potential intruders. You can also install image sensors in your garage to detect movement and see what’s happening directly on your smartphone.

Smart locks and smart garages are a great place to start when integrating a new security system ensuring that your family and your belongings are safe.

Additional Resources: Control4 Home Security, HAI Leviton, SoundVision Security systems

First-time home buyers and smart home technology

New homeowners are prioritizing smart home technology – so what does that mean for new construction and renovations? 

As many as 33 percent of recent home buyers are investing in smart technology in their homes, according to Houzz. First-time buyers and millennials, specifically, are more likely than any other group to integrate this tech into their homes – whether new or renovating.

Regardless of whether their homes are new or old, the same survey found that 87 percent of these consumers are hiring pros to handle the remodeling and integration. First-time home buyers are willing to spend more on home renovations, and that’s probably because smart home technology has seen tremendous innovation with the uptick in demand recently. Creative home automation solutions now allow for the ultimate experience – providing convenience and comfort in style.

It’s not just individual home buyers, either. A new development in Fort Worth, Texas, is considering generations’ worth of technology and innovation into their design plans. The design that includes an ultra-fast fiber network, as well as interactive outdoor tech and more, leaves room for new technology and updated safety features in the future – and it seems to have people excited.

It’s no surprise, though, that security and protection are top concerns for homeowners with multiple connected-home devices. Customers who invest in this technology are consistently searching for security support services, according to Twice, in order to protect themselves from hackers specifically. These safety features are another reason to use a professional integrator whenever you’re investing in any smart technology to your home. A consultation from the pros can determine what technology and security will best suit your needs, without compromising safety for style.

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