Automated and motorized are buzzing words in the window treatment industry these days. Well, they are most of the time used interchangeably, but they have specific meanings and capabilities. If you are still considering them, this post will help you understand the difference between the two and make an informed buying decision.
What are motorized window treatments?
Motorized as the name suggests, the blinds and shades open and close using a motor. The motor can be battery-operated or hard-wired. In addition, there can be a remote control to operate or a button on the window covering for smooth operation.
What are automated window treatments?
Automated window treatments have motors, and they can be battery-operated or hard-wired. But they have an additional smart hub that is connected to your home Wi-Fi router. So you can operate your window treatment through your smartphone. You can even integrate your automated window treatments with your innovative home systems like Alexa, Nest, Homekit, Control 4, and others.
The major perk with automated window treatment is that you can program them to open and close at a specific time of the day. E.g., when you’re away in the office, you can automate your shades to close to avoid the harsh sun rays from damaging the floor and furnishing. This feature is also useful when you’re on vacation and you want to open and close the shades to indicate someone is therein. There are endless possibilities, and you can check them all with your window covering service provider.
What to choose – Automated or Motorized?
Now, when you know the difference between the two, it’s time to decide which you’re going to pick for your space. Here is a tip, if you have a small space and lesser windows, go for motorized solutions.
When you have your own space with more windows, opt for automated window treatment. They are considered safe when you have small kids and pets at home. Automated window treatments add an extra layer of safety and comfort to your home.
However, if you opt for automated window treatment, ensure that you have a good Wi-Fi signal to ensure smooth performance. If you still want to know more about the two systems, scheduling an expert home consultation is the best. The professionals come to your home with samples and give you a demo to get you comfortable with the operating system.