Smart Blinds are rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after window treatments and has especially seen quite the rise in demand in 2021. They are seen as the next big thing in the window treatment market because of the implications it can have over the rest of your home. Smart blinds make their own decisions based on the lighting, temperature and the time of the day. Now, you don’t have to spend time in adjusting your blinds, and even when you have to, you can use a remote, smartphone, or your voice to control them, making things much easier for you.
Smart blinds arrive at these decisions in two primary ways. Firstly, they have sensors installed within their structure that detect the level of light and temperature. The other way is the extraction of information from other smart appliances. If your blinds are connected with your other smart devices, they gain additional data from each other which they factor into their decisions. There are different ways in which you can integrate your devices together. That being said, Z-wave technology has turned out to be one of the most efficient methods of smart home integration. This blogpost will address Z-wave technology and will list out some Z-wave window blinds that have positive reviews in order to get you started on your journey of finding a smart window blind.
What is Z-wave technology and what are its implications?
Z-wave technology is one of the most innovate forms of wireless technology to surface in recent times. Z-waves are used to help devices connect with each other without having to be physical wired up together. Visualise Z-waves as something similar to the concept of Bluetooth or WiFi. However, Z-wave have some unique qualities which is what warrants their usage for integration of smart home systems. Z-wave devices are ‘meshed’ together and communicate with each other by emitting low-energy radio waves over a constant frequency.
There are some things to remember when dealing with Z-wave devices. Firstly, compatibility is not much of an issue. As long as devices can be connected through Z-waves, the fact that they might be from varying manufacturer doesn’t matter. Secondly, you don’t have to worry about connecting too many devices through z-waves. In fact, the z-wave signals get stronger as more devices are connected to it. This is what sets Z-waves apart from Bluetooth and WiFi. Lastly, z-waves have ample amount of security to maintain your privacy.
Best Z-wave blinds in 2021
- Graber Virtual Cord Graber Solar Shades – Graber is one of the most reputed brands that have specialised in conventional window treatments with their unique style and the ability to understand the needs of their consumers. The same level of work has transcended into their smart window treatments as well. The virtual cord solar shades are adept at connection to smart z-wave hubs, which include Samsung Smart Things, Vera Plus, and Wink. They have a timer feature that you manually set to open and lower themselves at different times of the day. You can also automate the timer feature to leave it up to the shades to decide when its appropriate to lower or raise by themselves. The fact that they are also solar shades also means they can not only protect you from harmful UV rays, but they can also protect your furniture from rotting due to overexposure. If you’re don’t need solar shades, Graber also offers a Virtue Cord Z-wave system model for cellular window shades which are well-known for their insulation capabilities.
- Graywind Blackout Motorised Shades – These blackout shades are compatible with virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant amongst others. Their built-in motor is known to be of commendable quality which is powered by a plug-in power supply. You can customise these shades to fit the dimensions of your window before you order them. They have a cordless design, which means they are perfect options for homes with kids and pets.
Blackout shades are window treatments that have fabric that is capable of completely blocking and absorbing the sunlight in order to darken your rooms to a large extent. These shades are perfect for your bedrooms, nurseries, dens, and gaming/entertainment rooms. Sunlight that seeps through can disturb your sleep. It is normal to take an afternoon siesta if you had a long night or if you’re a shift worker. Moreover, excess sunlight can cause glare on your screens and ruin your movie or gaming experience. Blackout shades can solve all these problems, especially a quality set of shades like the Graywind Blackout Motorised shades.
- Yoolax Motorised Smart Blinds – Yoolax smart blinds are usually adorned with roller shade fabric (which can be blackout fabric as well). The remote that comes with the shades is pre-programmed to basic settings which you can change depending on your needs. The built-in P412 motor is battery powered, and with the help of a smart bridge you connect the blinds to Alexa and Google Home as well.
Roller blinds are simple and elegant window treatments that will not go out of fashion despite of their lengthy stay in the window treatment market. This is because they bring a touch of sophistication to a room without being too overbearing. Have you ever wanted a window treatment that is stylish and beautiful without ever making people think you’re trying too hard? If the answer to that question is yes, then roller blinds might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Most z-wave blinds that you might end up purchasing will have a detailed, but simple installation guide that will not only go through the steps of mounting the blinds but on how to integrate them with your smart hub. Moreover, if you do face some difficulties, contact information for technical support is usually furnished in those guides. This means that you don’t have to be apprehensive of moving and thinking outside the box with respect to window treatments. You will have the advantage of not only being one step closer to home automation, but you also will not lose out on light control, privacy, functionality and aesthetic value of your window treatments.