If you are planning to remodel or refurbish your house to achieve better energy-efficiency, then thinking about motorized blinds would be a step in the right direction. Saving energy would not only save money. In the long term, every step we take towards a greener alternative would translate into a long stride in reducing global warming.
With motorized windows, you can seamlessly transition into a hands-free operation. The very fact that you don’t have to physically be present near the window to open or close it will save huge blocks of time. As a result, you will be able to open the blinds as soon as the sun comes out, to let your heater get some rest, while the sun heats your interiors. Similarly, as the chill sets in, close the blinds to get one extra layer of insulation of the windows and trap the hot air in. With such small savings happening every day, at the end of the month, your energy bills would make it clear how well your motorized blinds have helped you save energy.
If your blinds connect to the internet, it will be the icing on the cake. You will be able to program blinds to open and close at a pre-designated time, making sure that your house does not suffer from undue exposure to the sun. Some blinds also learn when to open and close, depending on the outside temperature, making it easier to maintain the temperature within the room and thereby save energy.
However, saving energy is not the only benefit of having smart blinds. The biggest benefit after energy-saving is convenience. You can let your phone or tablets take over the tedious task of opening and closing all the blinds in the house. Just a flick of a button can let you control a whole set of blinds. You can even have all the blinds of the house grouped under different categories, and set different schedules for them. Now your blinds would follow the schedule, leaving you to employ your time in other tasks that you will enjoy.
Integration with the internet and other gadgets is another aspect of Smart blinds that would make life so much more interesting. Smart blinds can be integrated with Smart thermostats, which have access to a large amount of data, like the time of the day, the weather outside and the temperature inside, and so on. Some blinds also learn to adapt to your preferences. This intelligence allows them to open and close the blinds, instead of turn on the heating or air-conditioner, which saves a lot of energy in the long run.
Pairing with other smart devices is the element that adds spice to the convenience factor. As your smart blinds pair with smart lights, thermostats, entertainment systems, and much more, you will be able to take your digital experiences to another level. For example, if you switch on the TV, the blinds would automatically come down, while the lights dim to set the mood. Similarly, your blinds could be programmed to come down automatically at sundown, while the interior light comes on as the room becomes dark.
Three Blinds that Connect to the Internet
Smart blinds follow a set of protocols to connect to the internet, through a smart home hub. Here we discuss three popular blinds that can connect to the internet for additional functionality.
Virtual Cord Z-Wave Graber Cellular Shades
Virtual Cord Smart by Graber shades can be connected to the internet through Amazon Alexa, Google Home Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, Vera, Wink, Nexia, Homeseer, and many more. They pair with Z-Wave smart hubs, that allow them to connect with the internet as well as other home automation devices. With voice control or remote controls, you will be able to control your blinds with your voice.
These blinds connect directly to the z-wave hubs, without any additional bridges or dongles. This feature makes it very easy to connect with the internet. Once connected, you can control your blinds remotely, even when you are miles away from your home, as long as you have a z-wave hub and a Smartphone app.
You can choose to have a battery power supply or plug-in supply and these options can be changed later on. The installation is easy and pairing with smart devices easier. When the blinds are ready to go, you can select the height, set schedules, and routines, among other things.
Virtual Cord Z-Wave Graber Roller Shades
Virtual cord z-wave Graber Roller shades come with amazing functionalities that would transform the whole concept of convenience. With these shades, you will be able to connect directly to your Z-wave hub. If you wish to connect to Google Home, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or Echo, you will need a Samsung SmartThings hub, a habitat hub, or the Graber Gateway (other hubs may also allow this functionality). These shades are also compatible with other Z-wave hubs like Hubitat Elevation, Vera, Wink, and so on. To make sure that the blinds are compatible with the hub you already have at home, read the product information document carefully before purchasing.
Now you can control your blinds from anywhere in the world through your Smartphone. You will also enjoy the total security of cordless operation. Last but not least you will get all the other benefits that come with roller shades; like privacy, light control, and a sleek modern appearance.
Fresco Virtual Cord Smart Blackout Roman Shades
Nothing works better than a combination of blackout roman shades and smart automation. With these blinds, you can control the height, set the opening and closing schedule or routine, or just open and close them through your z-wave hub and Smartphone apps. Enjoy the full benefit of hands-free operation for those hard-to-reach blinds. Now you can enjoy the full benefit of blackout shades without even having to leave your seat. Besides cutting off light, these blinds will also serve to insulate and regulate the temperature of your room.
Bring in the new era of home automation with these fantastic smart blinds and enjoy the best technology has to offer.