Another benefit to automated window coverings is the clean and uncluttered look they provide at the window. There is no need for the lift cords, chains, or tilt wands, which makes them aesthetically pleasing. Eliminating the cords makes automated shades an ideal choice for homes with children and pets as there are no cords for them to get tangled in.
To protect your furnishings from the sun’s damaging UV rays, automated window coverings can be programmed, or sun sensors added, so they close automatically before the sun’s rays enter your home or business.
There are a variety of ways to power automated shades. If you’re looking for a wire-free option, there are battery-powered motors that use radio frequency to communicate. There are also rechargeable motors which eliminate the need for batteries. Some of the rechargeable motors offer a solar panel option to recharge the battery which is ideal for windows that get direct sun. There is also the option of plugging an automated shade into an electrical outlet. The outlet can be concealed under a built-in valance or behind a drapery panel so you don’t see the exposed cord. If that is not possible, there are wire management products available to conceal the cord such as wiremold.
If you are looking to hardwire your window coverings, there are both low voltage and line voltage motors available. The motor type is dependent on the product choice as well as the size and weight of the window covering.
Whether you’re looking for one motorized shade or a whole-home integrated solution, Ruffell & Brown can help you make the right choices. We carry several manufacturers to ensure every option is available to you.