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Benefits of Motorized Shades and Blinds

22 May

Motorized window treatments may seem like something from the future, but they are available from Hunter Douglas now and offer a wide variety of benefits.

Motorized Blinds Are Safe and Easy to Operate

If you have children or pets you know how their curiosity can get the best of them sometimes. Unfortunately, this often leads to trouble. Figuring out how window treatments work can be fun, but if they have cords, it can also be dangerous. Motorized blinds and shades are cordless, making them safe for little ones and four-legged ones.

Having large windows offers a great view of the outdoors and lets in lots of natural light. But when you want shade or privacy, bigger windows require bigger window coverings, which become cumbersome to open and close. Motorization takes the hard work out of adjusting large window coverings. Simply push a button on a remote control or wall switch and the even the most unwieldy blinds move with ease.

Automated window treatments also make your home safer when you aren’t there. Whether you are at work for the day or on a week-long vacation, being able to move your horizontal blinds remotely makes it look like you’re home, discouraging would-be thieves from breaking into your home. Motorized shades can be scheduled to open and close during the day or they can be adjusted at any time using your mobile device anywhere there is wi-fi.

Motorized Blinds Are Safe and Easy to Operate

Many window treatments are out of reach, whether they are behind a piece of furniture or high up on a wall. This makes adjusting them inconvenient, and they are often left in one position instead of taking advantage of the energy efficiency they could provide. Opening shades during the day in the winter to let the sun in often eliminates the need for additional light and it helps to warm the inside of your home. Closing shades against the summer midday sun keeps the heat outside, reducing the energy needed to keep your home cool.

Making these adjustments are easy with motorized window treatments, regardless of where your windows are located, because they are operated by remote control, your smartphone, or whole-home automation system.

Do you want to take advantage of your honeycomb shades but get tired of opening and closing all of them every day? Or do you forget about blinds in rooms that you aren’t in frequently? Automation takes care of these issues too. Multiple window treatments can be adjusted at one time – even in different rooms – and you can schedule them to open and close at a certain time every day or according to your local sunrise and sunset.

At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., we offer the complete line of Hunter Douglas motorized blinds and motorized shades in addition to their traditional window treatments. Take advantage of our free design service and start creating the perfect automated window fashions for your home. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. Contact us here.

 

Operating Systems for Custom Hunter Douglas Blinds

16 Jan

Operating Systems for Custom Blinds

With the number of styles and materials available, you are sure to find blinds to fit every window or glass door in your home. To take advantage of the flexibility of light control and privacy that comes with custom horizontal or vertical blinds, select the operating system that is best for you.

Operating Systems for Vertical Blinds

Chain and cord – This is the standard operating system for custom vertical blinds from Hunter Douglas. The cord opens and closes the entire blind and the chain rotates the vanes up to 180 degrees.combination-wand-cord-video-thumb

Wands – There are two different systems that use wands to control vertical blinds. PermaTilt® has a cord within a wand, keeping the cord out of reach for small wand-control-video-thumbchildren. The cord is used to open and close the blind and the wand rotates the vanes. The PermAssure® wand both opens and closes and rotates the vanes, eliminating the need for cords or chains completely.

powerview-motorization-video-card-card_0Motorized – Motorized vertical blinds may seem like an unnecessary luxury or gimmick, but they are actually very practical. PowerView motorization allows you to program a remote, mobile device, or whole house automation system to adjust your blinds at the touch of a button, or even according to a set schedule. This can increase the energy-efficiency and safety of your home and make it possible to adjust window treatments that are otherwise out of reach.

Operating Systems for Custom Horizontal Blinds

Cords – As with vertical blinds, cords are the standard operating system for horizontal blinds as well. One set of cords is used to raise and lower the blinds and other is used to tilt the slats. If long cords are a concern, cord cleats can be installed to hold cords neatly and keep them out of reach.

UltraGlide® – This system eliminates extra-long cords that can become tangled with a retractable cord that stays the same length, regardless of how your custom blind is positioned.

literise-video-thumbCordless – If you prefer no cords at all, LiteRise® and SimpleLift® are completely cordless. The horizontal blind is raised and lowered by pulling or pushing on the bottom of the blind.

Motorized – There are a couple motorized operating systems that allow you to adjust your horizontal blinds without leaving your seat. Just as its name implies, PowerTilt® gives you the power to tilt the slats on your custom blinds with a remote control. If you want complete control at your fingertips, PowerView technology lets you set different window treatment settings throughout the day and adjust numerous blinds at the same time with a remote or mobile device.

For three generations, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. has been helping satisfied customers create custom window fashions for their homes with in-home consultations, precise window measuring, thousands of choices, and professional installation. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County, and all surrounding communities.

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