Smart window shades are becoming progressively more popular as they offer a variety of benefits.  Having smart window shades allows you to control your shades with a remote control or smartphone.  Many people appreciate this convenience.

You can use your smartphone to open or close your shades when you are out, even away on vacation.  This can be useful if you’re trying to avoid break-ins by giving the impression that you are at home.  It also gives you the ability to help control the temperature in your house by preventing too much sunlight from coming in.  This can help you cut down on your energy consumption and electricity bill.  Smart blinds often have a timer, as well. 

Another advantage of smart blinds is related to better safety.  If you have kids or pets and are worried about the hazard that can be presented by shade cords, you will be pleased to learn that smart shades don’t have them. 

Choosing Smart Window Shades

When selecting your smart window shades, you’ll need to get a model that will pair with your existing smart-home system (if you have one).  If you don’t, you will need to buy a smart-home wireless hub.  This will have to be compatible with the shades you choose.

While you will be able to find some smart window shades that are DIY, many need custom installation.  If you choose a DIY model and decide to it yourself, you should be aware that the process of connecting them to Wi-Fi can be challenging for many. 

The exact cost of window shades depends on the material, style, and the size of window that needs to be covered.  It might cost a minimum of between around $350 and 500 per window.  This can get expensive if you have numerous windows in your home.  The costs can go up significantly if professional installation is required (which it is often is).

If you want to save money, you could look into foregoing getting new shades and try to find a relatively inexpensive motorized add-on to add to your existing shades.  Keep in mind that smart shades can take several hours to install.  You’ll also need to make sure that you have all the necessary tools handy and that you give yourself lots of space.  Before choosing your smart shades, check to ensure that you’ll be able to screw into the moulding around your window to do the installation. 

Smart shades can be especially useful for very large windows, as well as windows in areas that are entirely out of reach.  For areas that are out of reach, they can be the only practical way to regularly adjust the blinds. 

Enjoying your Smart Window Shades

If you’re going to go to the expense of getting smart shades, you will want to get the fullest possible use out of them.  Ensure that you understand all the features that the shades offer and enjoy all their benefits.  Depending on the model you choose, they might have very useful features such as timing and other ones we have described.  Ensure that you gather all the product information needed to properly use the shades to your best advantage. 

Why Shades are a Better Choice than Curtains

If you don’t even have window shades at the moment but rather curtains, you have two steps to make before making the decision that smart shades are a good choice for you.  There are several reasons why shades generally are a better choice than curtains for the windows in your home. 

While it is true that some people find curtains a bit more aesthetically pleasing because of the cozy look that they can provide, window shades (and especially smart shades) are much more effective with regard to light control and are easier to clean in several ways.  Window shades also tend to provide a much more modern and up-do-date look than curtains to any room.

Smart window shades are also a real and permanent investment in your home.  While it’s true that they require a much larger initial investment than regular shades or curtains, many people find it to be worth the cost.  This is especially true for individuals who have large windows, windows placed in out-of-reach locations, and those who are eager to help control their electricity costs for temperature control by better limiting sunlight. 

Smart Shades and Security

As we briefly touched on earlier, having smart shades can give you an advantage in making your home less likely to be broken into, especially when you’re on vacation.  As you can control your smart shades with your cell phone, you will have the invaluable ability to adjust your shades, making it seem to people outside that there is someone at home.   

Smart shades are very effective window coverings that will give you and your family a high degree of privacy in your home. 

Smart Shades and Style

Smart shades come in a variety of styles and colors.  You just need to do your research and find out which companies offer the types of smart shades that would best go with your décor and suit your other preferences (with regard to technology and features). 

One thing to consider is that since smart shades can be a significant financial investment, it is advisable to make sure you have made some permanent style choices for your home and you won’t want to change everything in a few months.  Take the time necessary to think everything out thoroughly to avoid frustration and wasted money. 

Smart Shades: An Investment Worth Considering

Overall, smart shades a great investment worth considering for many homeowners.  If you’ve ever considered getting this type of window dressing, you now have the information needed to make an informed decision. 

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