How smart/automated window blinds can help in setting up a multifunctional space
Homes are now multifunctional places that we make us of to make our lives a little easier. In modern times such as these, homes are not just structural erections of brick and mortar, but also a place that offers comfort and joy. With the ‘work from home’ phenomenon gaining a lot of traction, homes have a become a place where you not only eat, sleep, de-stress and spend time with your family, but also a place where you work. This also means that homes have becomes creative and productive spaces as well.
With all this multitasking going around within the corners of your home, you and everyone else will be looking to reduce the amount of time you spend on creating the optimum environment for your home. This includes opening the blinds every morning, closing them again in the afternoon if it gets to hot, and then opening them back up in the evening. These decisions also depend on factors like the need for privacy, what the weather is like, what time of the day it is, which will help determine the lighting situation in your home. It’s not so much as to the amount of time it takes out of your day, but more so about the constant disruptions that can affect the flow of work. No one likes these frequent distractions. Fortunately, smart blinds (also known as automated blinds) can perform these functions for you, allowing you to focus on your work or other errands.
What are smart/automated blinds?
Smart blinds are just like any other window covering, but with a major upgrade. They perform the usual functions that are expected out of a set of blinds. These include providing privacy, controlling light flow, and the ability to regulate the temperature as well.
But what sets these blinds apart are their motorised and smart features. They come with motors that can be remotely controlled through a remote control or a smartphone. The smart feature gets involved when these blinds are integrated with your automated smart home systems like Google Nest and Apple Home Kit. In this way, the blinds can open and close depending on the optimal situation, which can be gauged by temperature, lighting and surroundings. What’s even better is that you can equip your blinds with Google Home, Alexa and Siri and establish voice control.
Benefits of smart/automated blinds
Smart blinds can revolutionise the way you live. It streamlines your work and time in a very efficient manner. In order to paint a picture and contextualise how you may make use of smart blinds, a few of the benefits are listed below –
- Cordless control mechanism – Since your smart blinds are powered by motors, there is no need to have cords as a part of their control mechanism. Motorised blinds will not only be accessed through a remote, smartphones or voice command, but there is no longer the need to get up and physical reach for the windows. It is also appropriate to note that cords can be a choking hazard for pets and children. Toddlers are extremely curious by their nature and there is a possibility of them being choked by a cord. You can take steps to keep the cords out of the reach of the child, but cordless blinds altogether will make a safer option.
- Light sensors – Smart blinds come with light sensors that can detect the level of sunlight outside. Based on the information that it receives; it can open up or close depending on the time of the day. You can set it up in such a way that it will open up when the sunlight is not too harsh and close during the other times of the day. You can even make manual changes. For instance, you can create an automated feature for it to open up exactly at 7AM. The gradual build-up of the beautiful rays of the sun can be the perfect start to your day. When they open up again at about 6PM, it can be an indicator that working hours are now over.
- Integration with other smart home systems –This is where smart blinds truly hit their stride. If you integrate your smart blinds to your other smart home systems like your thermostat, smart lights, and security systems you can save a lot of time in operating them individually. For example, in the summers, when you set your air conditioning to a cooler temperature, the blinds can automatically close to preserve the cool air. The same works for winters as well. Smart lights can work in tandem with your blinds as well, opening up when the lights come on or vice versa. Upon integrating them with your security systems, you can check if they’re closed or not, even when you aren’t at home. In fact, you can remotely open and close them, giving off the illusion that you’re at home.
To sum up, there is no real downside to smart blinds. They are also energy efficient in the long run. They can be the key to helping your home become a multi-functional space for your work, relaxation, and recreational time. They help you save time and avoid distractions while also being safe and user-friendly. Some people even use them as natural alarm clocks so that they can wake up to the sunrise.
There are obviously a good number of options on what type of smart blinds you can get. It depends on your needs, budget, style and personal preference. In general, they are versatile window treatments that come in different material, fabric, sizes and colors. You can choose blackout blinds for completely darkening your bedrooms for better sleep. Cellular shades can help your room stay warmer or cooler depending on the situation. Wood blinds and faux wood blinds can give your room a lot of character too. Regardless of whichever type of blinds you get, the automated features of the blinds can change your lifestyle in such a way that you might wonder how you lived without it for so long.