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Why 2024 Is The Year to Refresh Your Home with Motorized Shades

From Convenience to Customization, The Benefits are Undeniable

Why 2024 Is The Year to Refresh Your Home with Motorized Shades

Over the years, GHT Group has recommended and implemented countless motorized shade projects for clients. The response has always been overwhelmingly positive; it’s one of those things that once you have it, you never want to live without it. Of course, there is the undeniable luxury of managing your window treatments at the push of a button or on a schedule. But there is so much more that you get with motorized shading. As the end of the year approaches, many Birmingham homeowners start thinking of improvements they’d like in their homes, but they haven’t yet taken that next step. Stay with us below as we detail all the ways motorized window shades can enhance your home in 2024. 


All Season Comfort

Perhaps the best reason to get motorized shades is the ease they bring to regulating your house’s temperature and comfort. Alabama, like much of the South, has hot, humid summers. Controlling the amount of sun streaming in through windows greatly reduces air conditioning use and energy. Since you don't have to worry about going to every window manually, you can easily keep your home cooler, even on a schedule that tracks the sun's movement around your house. In the relatively short winter, window shades can trap warm air inside on overcast days or let the sun shine through to keep your home warm and comfortable. 

Protecting Your Interiors

You love the sun from a beautiful Alabama day, but too much of it can fade and damage furniture, flooring, walls, artwork, and more. Motorized shading makes it simple to rein in the sun’s effects, letting in the light when you want it and keeping it out when it’s too much. You can even have heat sensors to trigger the system to lower a shade or all of them on a particular exposed area in your house. 

Harnessing Natural Light

Natural light does wonders for mood and well-being. With motorized shades, you can easily bring natural light into any room and control how much comes in. Natural light is a great partner for your indoor lighting to create the right ambiance for any activity, whether working in your home office, exercising in the home gym, cooking, or relaxing to the amber hues of a setting sun.

Privacy and Security

When you leave home for an extended period, do you want to make it easy for would-be intruders to peer into your home? With motorized shades, your home is always covered. You can program your shades to lower in exposed rooms when you set the security alarm upon leaving. For regular privacy at home, you can schedule your shades to lower automatically in the bedrooms after dark. For the ultimate protection for extended times away, motorized shades can partner with a home automation system to lower and raise at typical times of the day, feigning your presence while you enjoy your well-deserved vacation with peace of mind. 

Adding Style

Motorized shades aren't just about functionality; they also add panache and style to your interiors. Lutron, our automated shade partner, makes no less than eight different styles of shades. Whether you love the look of wood blinds for the office, motorized drapes in the bedroom, or classic Romans for the living area, all of them can be motorized and automated. Speaking of style, window treatments that are raised or opened unevenly detract from the look of the room. Lutron’s unique alignment system ensures that all your windows look the same—that is, perfect. 

Accessibility and Safety

You already understand the convenience of controlling window treatments at the touch of a button. But there are other practical reasons for power and automation. If you have small children or grandchildren, long cords on manual shades can be a hazard. The Consumer Products Safety Commission has determined that, on average, about nine children under five years of age die every year from strangling in window blinds, shades, draperies, and other window coverings with cords. With no cords, motorized shades eliminate any chances of injury. Further, if someone in your family has an injury or handicap that makes operating cords difficult or painful, powered window treatments are the perfect solution. 

Smart Home Integration

Motorized shades and window treatments can certainly stand alone, providing all the benefits above with the use of wall controls, apps, and schedules. But they can be even more powerful when integrated into a full smart home control system. Imagine your shades coordinating with your ceiling fans, lighting, and HVAC for total comfort, night or day. You can even combine them with your entertainment. The ideal example is when you’re ready to wind down with a movie or the latest Netflix series. One touch can lower your shades (or draw the drapes), start the AV system, set the temperature, dim the lights, and set the security alarm for peace of mind. Isn’t that a more relaxed way of starting your entertainment with less fuss? 

GHT Group specializes in home technology solutions that improve and elevate your lifestyle. Smart home solutions like lighting control, motorized shading, whole-home entertainment, smart security, and more take care of the routine so you can focus on living and spending time on the things you most prize. Why not make 2024 the year that motorized shading puts some luxury into your life? Contact us here, or click the chat box below to connect with one of our expert staff quickly. We look forward to working with you!   

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