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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.”

 

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.”

 

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Advantages of motorised blinds - in- and outside of the home!

“Once upon a time, motorised blinds were out of reach for most people. Now, however, more and more people are using the tech and the price of motors has become much more cost effective. What was once a pretty costly solution is now rather achievable and doesn’t add a massive amount more to putting the blind system together,” explains Clayton.

So why invest? Motorised blinds from Lahood won’t just impress your dinner party guests - they’ll also enhance the long-term enjoyment of your home and can even lead to savings.

  • Convenience - The most obvious benefit of motorised blinds is the convenience factor. With motorised blinds, you won’t need to adjust your blinds manually or deal with tangled cords, orienting the blinds or ensuring they’re even. While these tasks may not seem particularly onerous, they are time-consuming and frustrating - particularly when you can never get your blinds ‘just right’.

Newer motorised solutions are also quieter, which was a pain point in the past. “Lately, really powerful, silent, battery powered motors have entered the market, which makes for even more convenience. The lithium-powered batteries available today eliminate cords and noise entirely.”

Advantages of motorised blinds - in- and outside of the home!

“Once upon a time, motorised blinds were out of reach for most people. Now, however, more and more people are using the tech and the price of motors has become much more cost effective. What was once a pretty costly solution is now rather achievable and doesn’t add a massive amount more to putting the blind system together,” explains Clayton.

So why invest? Motorised blinds from Lahood won’t just impress your dinner party guests - they’ll also enhance the long-term enjoyment of your home and can even lead to savings.

  • Convenience - The most obvious benefit of motorised blinds is the convenience factor. With motorised blinds, you won’t need to adjust your blinds manually or deal with tangled cords, orienting the blinds or ensuring they’re even. While these tasks may not seem particularly onerous, they are time-consuming and frustrating - particularly when you can never get your blinds ‘just right’.

Newer motorised solutions are also quieter, which was a pain point in the past. “Lately, really powerful, silent, battery powered motors have entered the market, which makes for even more convenience. The lithium-powered batteries available today eliminate cords and noise entirely.”

  • Reduced energy costs - Motorised blinds can help homeowners manage energy costs in a couple of key ways. For one, they can be used to control natural light, reducing electricity use throughout the day.  This - coupled with blinds’ thermal properties - can also help limit heating and cooling costs.

“Consumers can even set blinds to timers, automatically opening and closing them at certain times of the day. This is great for letting sun in during the winter and keeping indoor temperatures down in summer.”

  • Aesthetics - Motorised blinds can be customised to better suit your interior or landscape design if you install an automated system outdoors. Because Lahood Window Furnishings can automate many of their blinds systems, it’s easy to ensure your new motorised blinds match your interior design.

For many homeowners, the lack of a cord or chain is a big advantage looks-wise. Not only that, but no chain means less wear and tear from tugging on the blinds over time. Because blinds are controlled by a motor - and not your physical force - the fabric is subject to less damage.

  • Privacy - If you live close to neighbours or the street, motorised blinds can be a privacy-lifesaver, eliminating the risk of accidentally letting an unwanted view into your home.

 

  • Avoid sun-bleaching - Indoors, blinds can protect furniture and other products and materials from unwanted UV rays. Similarly, motorised window furnishings and awnings can extend the lifetime of deck furniture outside.

  • Reduced energy costs - Motorised blinds can help homeowners manage energy costs in a couple of key ways. For one, they can be used to control natural light, reducing electricity use throughout the day.  This - coupled with blinds’ thermal properties - can also help limit heating and cooling costs.

“Consumers can even set blinds to timers, automatically opening and closing them at certain times of the day. This is great for letting sun in during the winter and keeping indoor temperatures down in summer.”

  • Aesthetics - Motorised blinds can be customised to better suit your interior or landscape design if you install an automated system outdoors. Because Lahood Window Furnishings can automate many of their blinds systems, it’s easy to ensure your new motorised blinds match your interior design.

For many homeowners, the lack of a cord or chain is a big advantage looks-wise. Not only that, but no chain means less wear and tear from tugging on the blinds over time. Because blinds are controlled by a motor - and not your physical force - the fabric is subject to less damage.

  • Privacy - If you live close to neighbours or the street, motorised blinds can be a privacy-lifesaver, eliminating the risk of accidentally letting an unwanted view into your home.

 

  • Avoid sun-bleaching - Indoors, blinds can protect furniture and other products and materials from unwanted UV rays. Similarly, motorised window furnishings and awnings can extend the lifetime of deck furniture outside.

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What to look for when buying motorised blinds

Sold on the idea of motorised blinds? We don’t blame you. But what should you look for when shopping around?

“The main thing is the quality and durability of the motor,” explains Clayton. “At Lahood, we only use high-quality, French-made motors from Somfy. They’re the world’s largest producer of motors for blinds and they offer an they offer a pretty amazing, no-questions-asked replacement policy. That said, the failure rate on a Somfy motor would be less than one-quarter of a per cent so it's really not an issue.”

Not all motors are this reliable. “In the past, there have been a lot of inferior motors on the market and products that just don’t perform to the standard we want, which is why we’ve put in a mandate that we will not consider Chinese motors and only stick with the Somfy brand.”

Beyond that, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong. “We find that once a customer has put motorised blinds in, they never go back. This is a solution that really changes the way people enjoy their homes.”

Keen to find out more? Check out Lahood Window Furnishings on ArchiPro today and see how motorised blinds are adding a modern - yet practical - flair to many of their projects.

What to look for when buying motorised blinds

Sold on the idea of motorised blinds? We don’t blame you. But what should you look for when shopping around?

“The main thing is the quality and durability of the motor,” explains Clayton. “At Lahood, we only use high-quality, French-made motors from Somfy. They’re the world’s largest producer of motors for blinds and they offer an they offer a pretty amazing, no-questions-asked replacement policy. That said, the failure rate on a Somfy motor would be less than one-quarter of a per cent so it's really not an issue.”

Not all motors are this reliable. “In the past, there have been a lot of inferior motors on the market and products that just don’t perform to the standard we want, which is why we’ve put in a mandate that we will not consider Chinese motors and only stick with the Somfy brand.”

Beyond that, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong. “We find that once a customer has put motorised blinds in, they never go back. This is a solution that really changes the way people enjoy their homes.”

Keen to find out more? Check out Lahood Window Furnishings on ArchiPro today and see how motorised blinds are adding a modern - yet practical - flair to many of their projects.

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