The world has become fast-paced. People love immediate gratification. Whether we are on our way to work or constantly on the move through the day, we are always on the world wide web. The way we decorate, set up and our house has to be multifunctional. We are surrounded by automation and technologies that have never been possible before. Take yourself back to 10 years ago and just imagine if it was possible to do all your chores like laundry, adjusting the curtains, etc. as easy as it is now. With the rapid development of IoT and smart technology, having a fully functional home means having a wireless ecosystem of home appliances. The last few years have opened up a plethora of options for us. We all had a narrow belief of how we interact with our homes and that the only way things would be done at home is if we do it ourselves. While that does hold to a certain extent, smart technology can ease the pain by eliminating unnecessary steps of movement while doing chores! The same can be applied to using your windows and window accents!
What are Somfy Shades?
Let’s imagine a scenario where you plan on calling over a few folks to host a movie night. You’ve got your snacks, beverages and everything else need set in place. Once everybody is settled and ready, you realize that you want to create the right mood for the movie, so you go over to adjust your drapes or blinds and come back to your spot. Once again you settle yourself when one of your guests complains of the glare that’s falling on the television, so you need to get up again to go adjust. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easier and quicker way of doing this?
That’s where motorized window shades or Somfy comes into the picture. With just a press of a button, you can lower your shades or pull it up without physically being near the shades. These are Smart shades that can easily be synced to any of your AI devices like Google Home or Alexa. They work on Z-waves making them even easier to sync to the internet and schedule when you want them to open and when you went them to lower down. Somfy shades come with motors that can be powered via battery or solar energy, making them an energy-efficient option as well!
Benefits of Motorized Shades
Everything comes with its boon and bane. While making decisions about home decor and home accents, it is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages to make an easier and informed decision. The same goes for motorized shades. Here are some benefits:
- It’s an extremely convenient option. If you have a house with many windows or you need to constantly adjust the windows, then having motorized window accents become a convenient choice. With a click of a button or through the WiFi, you can adjust the amount of light or even schedule when the blinds are let down or kept up.
- These shades add to security. Through smart window shades, you can schedule when you can let them down and or leave them up. You can even let them down without any planning as they can be operated using WiFi from almost any place. These blinds can make it seem like there is someone indoors, adding on extra security to your home.
- Beyond maintaining the window, motorized blinds will also help in maintaining other furniture in your space. Bright and sharp sun rays can fade the color of your furniture or damage your AC over some time. You can close them as when you require without running up and down and preserve the beauty of your furniture.
- Motorized shades are easier to maintain. With regular shades, while pulling them down or ensure they stay up, we tend to tug on the cord too hard or in uneven motions, this can create wear and tear on the cord and the blinds. With motorized blinds, all you need to do is press a button to operate it thereby ensuring that unnecessary force will not affect the blinds.
Can we Link Blinds to the WiFi for Operation?
When it comes to synching the blinds, there are two ways of doing so operating Somfy Shades. They can function through Z-waves and RTS Interface. To access your shades through WiFi from literally anywhere, you would need to opt for Somfy MyLink RTS to Interface. These are interfaces that allow you to connect you to the motor of your shades so that you can operate it wirelessly. These interfaces can be connected to your smartphone and Tablet via MyLink.
First, you’ll have to download the MyLink app on your iOS and Android devices. Through the app, you can give commands to your shades and operate them wirelessly. You can access and handle the app from almost anywhere (provided there is WiFi) with its unique remote access feature. The thing with MyLink is that it can only control one zone at a time meaning only one shade or group at a time. You can also have multiple MyLinks within a system for controlling more shades. If you’re overwhelmed just sync it with Google Home or Alexa and operate it via your voice.