Motorization Vs. Automation: What is the Difference?

We hear the terms motorized and automated, but do we fully understand what the terms mean when it comes to window treatments? Both words are often used interchangeably but have different meanings and apply to different options. You will want to understand the differences to ensure you are looking at the products and options that fit your needs and expectations.

Motorized, simply means that your window treatments operate using a motor. The motor can be battery-powered, rechargeable, or hardwired. The motorized window treatment is operated by using a remote, a wall switch, or a push-button wand. You must initiate the action. Automated on the other hand also has motors, but they are programmed to automatically function via set commands using a smart hub. The “hub” which is connected to your home's wi-fi, allows you to control your shades through an app on your smartphone, tablet, or voice assistants like Alexa or Google Home. They can be programmed to raise and lower at specific times, coordinating with the need for light and temperature control, as well as security and privacy needs.

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The choice is yours. If you simply want to be able to raise and lower that large window treatment behind your sofa or a very tall, hard-to-reach window with the touch of a button, choose to motorize it and use the remote or wall switch. On the other hand, if you like technology and already have other Smart Home features, then automated shades are right for you! The Smart Home Collection from Budget Blinds offers more options to integrate and control your window treatments throughout your home.

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The good news is you can start with one Smart Home shade and a remote or wall switch. If you decide to add more and want to automate them to function, whether you are home or not, we can add a Hub and program the shades throughout your home. Imagine your shades raising and lowering with the light of the day to help your home be energy-efficient or appear as if someone is home all the time. This also helps prevent fading of floors and furniture from daily sun exposure.

The hub also allows us to connect to voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, or a Sonos speaker with Alexa built right into it. Picture yourself saying, “Alexa turn on Movie-Night” and watching your shades lower and your lights dim. Isn’t that cool?!

No need to stress, automation is designed to make your life more convenient and enjoyable. Plus, your Budget Blinds local consultant has gone through motorization and smart home training from our vendors, and can guide you through the selection process, as well as, measure, install and program your window treatments for you! Whether you need one motorized shade or an entire connected smart home, we are here to help. Ready to see samples? Schedule your complimentary in-home consultation today.

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