Automated window blinds and shades sound like a worthwhile convenience to some, and a needless extravagance to others. There’s more to these systems than many people realize, including details that make them easier to use and better for long-term expenses when compared to the cord-drawn options. It all comes down to your preferred lifestyle.
The Cost of Human Error
Windows are where a building loses or gains some of the most heat due to the weather. The larger your building is and the more windows it has, the more likely it is that you’ll forget to adjust the drapes at the appropriate times of day, especially if you have a less-than-predictable work schedule. Window coverings that automatically open and close at the right times can outweigh their installation costs in electricity bill savings.
Furniture Saving Features
In addition to the electricity concerns, furniture and wallpaper can be ruined by the sun’s UV radiation with surprisingly little exposure. All it takes is one or two incidents of forgetting or not being there to adjust the blinds, and you might end up paying for something much more expensive than the motor that could have prevented this!
Child Safety Issues
The drawcords for window coverings have been a concern for parents for at least a couple hundred years, as it’s all too easy for a small child to get choked or be strangled by them. Hanging or taping them up out of reach is essential, and forgetting to do it even once could have tragic repercussions. If you have very young children, or plan to have them, cordless motorized shades are advisable.
Convenience Is Still A Factor
Aside from everything else, there’s the question of how much the convenience of not having to adjust your blinds yourself means to you. How likely are you to forget? How many windows do you have? How important is it to not be distracted throughout the day? Only you can answer these questions for yourself.
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