In the home, automation solutions exist to make our lives simpler and more secure. The Internet of Things has enabled us to turn up the heat or change the radio using our smart speaker or phone, and self-cleaning toilets and automatic vacuums are no longer the stuff of the Jetsons.
But not all at-home automation solutions hinge on advanced technology. Some features are simple and straightforward, as easy-to-use as a garage door opener or television remote control.
Motorised blinds are one such example. Once an expensive, luxury product, motorised blinds are now within the average homeowner’s budget. Could this simple-but-amazing technology be right for your home? We spoke to Clayton Sceats of Lahood Window Furnishings to find out more.
What are motorised blinds and how do they work?
“The most common style of motorised blind we use at Lahood is a roller blind, which is available in block out fabrics as well as light filtering or sunscreening options.
In most situations, people have their blinds set to a remote control, which has the capability to control the blinds independently. We can also set it up so you push one button you and all blinds move up and down together. New technology also allows us to interface this with a smartphone, tablet or automated speaker in the house, which is an extra unit we put in to allow devices to communicate directly with the blinds.”
While Lahood roller blinds are often installed together with the motor, Clayton explains that retrofitting blinds is also common. “Lately, we’ve been called in to retrofit blinds with a motor, especially as homeowners become increasingly aware of the option.”