Wondering about motorization? Here are some frequent questions that clients ask us.

1. I have heard both ‘motorized’ and ‘automated’ terms used when talking about window coverings. What is the difference between these two terms?

Motorized refers to adding a motor to a window covering so it does not need to be manually raised, lowered, tilted or drawn. The motor is operated by a person pushing a switch or a button on a remote control – it requires human interaction to operate. A motorized window covering can be automated which means that it is connected to a computer interface that does not require human interaction to operate. For instance, an automated blind can be set to lower when the sun’s angle changes or at a certain time of day even if no one is home.

2. How much does it cost to have motorized window coverings?

It varies depending on the complexity of your motorization needs. It can be as simple as adding battery-operated motorization to the cost of a new blind or shade for about $300. Or you can integrate all your window coverings into a whole home automation system.

3. What is the difference between battery-operated and hardwired systems?

Typically, battery-operated systems can only operate smaller blinds and the blind headrail must be accessible in order to change the batteries. Hardwired systems can accommodate many larger blinds and the motors are quieter.

4. How do you control the motors?

There are two types of control – stand alone and integrated. Stand alone systems are controlled by a wall switch and/or remote control. Integrated control is more sophisticated and flexible. These smart home systems can also include lighting, heating, security and audio/visual functions to create a total home control system.

5. I have an existing window covering, can I motorize it?

Yes, but the type of control system depends on what kind of window covering you have. Our experts can find a solution that will work for you.

6. What types of window coverings can be motorized?

Almost any type including fabric draperies, wood blinds, cellular shades, roller shades, roman shades, Silhouettes, Luminettes, room darkening shades, top-down shades, and skylight shades. Depending on the type of window covering and the motorization system used, the motor can be used to raise, lower, tilt, or draw the window covering.

7. I have an existing home automation system, can I add motorized blinds?

Yes, when we install the blinds, we use an interface that communicates with any home automation system.

8. I am building a new home, when do I need to consider motorized window coverings?

The earlier in the project the better; we need to talk with you and your electrical contractor to determine the correct type of wiring required.

9. Which motorization and automation products do you deal with?

We are authorized dealers for the industry leaders in automated window coverings solutions. These companies continually invest in research and development to create innovative products and solutions that allow us to meet our customers’ varied needs.

10. Why choose Ruffell & Brown Interiors for motorized window coverings?

Our experts are factory-trained by our suppliers and regularly attend training sessions so that they are up-to-date with the latest product developments and applications.

Free in-home consultations to help you navigate the options and determine which type of automation system will meet your needs. When necessary, we work in conjunction with electrical and home automation contractors to ensure that the project runs smoothly.

We’re serious about window coverings! Our success since we began in 1987 has been a direct result of our passion for window coverings. We are excited to offer you our services as automation experts – a feature that addresses the environmental and convenience concerns of homeowners.

11. How do I get started?

Contact us and set up a free consultation with one of our motorization experts, they will help you navigate through all the options.

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