What you need to know about Motorized Shades vs. Manual Shades

Smart home technology is designed to simplify day-to-day tasks, reduce costs while increasing safety, allowing you to add convenience to your lifestyle. One of the most evident examples is through how you can manage your home’s window treatments. Sure, you can control your shades manually, but a better option exists: motorized shades.

Window shades are an essential part of your home’s functionality and design. It can help regulate temperatures that come with the Ozarks four seasons and its often unpredictable weather. They can also protect against UV rays, reduce glare on TVs, and prevent the outside world from looking into your house when you want private time.

Manual shades can be a hassle to operate, and if they’re not lowered at the right time, they don’t offer any protection. Those problems are eliminated with motorized shades, which operate automatically depending on the settings you program into your home control system.

Read on to discover how motorized and manual shades compare in three different areas: ease of use, customization, and convenience

Ease of Use = time and money

Motorized Shades: Control your motorized window treatments with your smartphone or tablet, so you never have to get up to adjust them. They’ll move to the exact position you choose in the control system, and you can even program your system to move to different settings automatically, depending on the temperature and time of day. SCS Home Entertainment is trained on how to install these. Contact us today to learn more.

Manual Shades: When was the last time you struggled with the string on a set of blinds that would not click into place? How about pulling down retractable shades that refuse to go back up again? Manual shades can be very frustrating fixtures that often refuse to operate the way they are intended. And often times, they break, causing added expense.

Customization Means it’s Just for You

Motorized Shades: As mentioned earlier, Lutron motorized window treatments can be fully customized with different settings to suit your specific needs. Want your shades to drop as you prepare to watch a movie? Program a home theater scene in your control system.

Save money: Automated settings are even more valuable, and you can customize your shades to automatically change with the movement of the sun. Temperature fluctuations can also activate the shades, and you set the thresholds for when that occurs. This can keep the temperature in your home ambient, lowing electric bills.

Not home but you want it to look like you are? You can program your shades to raise and lower during day and night hours, making it look like the home is occupied.

Manual Shades: If you want your manual shades to adjust to the position of the sun, you have to do that all yourself. Nobody wants to get up every hour to make sure that that the blinds are in the optimal location, and even then, it’s a pain to make all your blind levels line up evenly.

Convenience When and How You Need Them

Motorized Shades: Some people choose not to put shades on their highest windows because they won’t be able to adjust them easily, but all it takes is the tap of a button to lower the shades in those hard-to-reach places. Like the rest of the shades in your house, these can also be activated automatically.

Manual Shades: Have fun grabbing a ladder so you can reach those high-up windows that are letting sunlight in all day long. This can also be dangerous, causing physical harm to you and damage to your home.

To learn more about how motorized shades can enhance your home, call one of our many highly-trained specialists today.