Should I Motorize My Window Treatments?
Hunter Douglas PowerView® technology is a revolutionary system that automatically moves your window treatments throughout the day, so you don’t have to. Program your shades to create the perfect ambiance morning, noon, and night. Set them to open and rise to just the right height in the morning, block out afternoon sun, and close at sunset. Operate your window treatments with your smartphone, the Pebble® remote control, or voice command via your home automation system such as Alexa or Apple HomeKit.
When to Motorize
You can motorize every window treatment in your home or just certain ones. These are common situations where we often recommend motorizing:
Out of reach windows
You certainly don’t want to get out a step stool every time you need to raise, lower, or open the blinds on windows that are out of reach. For that reason, we recommend motorized window treatments on windows that cannot be easily reached. Windows in stairwells, behind the kitchen sink, behind the bathtub, and two-story windows can all benefit from a motorized operating system.
Homeowners who travel frequently
If you are a frequent traveler, consider motorized window treatments — at least on your street-facing windows. A home whose window treatments never move might as well be a written invitation to burglars. PowerView motorization can be set to automatically move your window coverings throughout the day, giving the illusion you are home. The Remote Connect™ feature allows you to operate your window treatments from anywhere in the world. If you are in London and you know it’s dark and gloomy back home in Indianapolis, you can close your shades using your mobile device.
Homes with cats
If you have a cat residing in your home, you inevitably know the terror they can unleash on window treatments. With PowerView motorization, there’s no need to go around the house before you leave pulling up the blinds and shades. PowerView allows you to set Scenes that can solve any number of issues, including a feisty cat!
For an energy efficient home
If energy efficiency is a top priority for you, motorization is a must. PowerView technology can be integrated with your Nest® Smart Thermostat to optimize energy savings. Create custom Scenes that activate your window treatments and adjust when your Nest Learning Thermostat senses you are away or when your local utility grid is nearing its maximum load. Pair PowerView with Hunter Douglas Architella® shades for maximum energy efficiency.
For sleep zealots
Window treatments can have a huge impact on sleep quality! Pair blackout window treatments with PowerView motorization and program them to close at a certain time each night. Use this as your cue to wind down for the evening. Set your window treatments to automatically open with the sunrise (PowerView will adjust daily based on local sunrise times) or at your specified wake time.
Motorized window treatments are about more than convenience. They solve a variety of issues and offer safety measures, energy benefits, and create beautiful ambiance in your home all day and evening.
Would you like to discuss motorization as an option for your home? Contact us for a no-pressure consultation with one of our window treatment experts. They will help you decide if motorized window treatments are a luxury worth investing in for your home.