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Recommendations when Purchasing Motorized Window Shades

The Use of the room. If there is a room bathed in light and utilized frequently, then the shades will have to be lowered and raised frequently that augurs for a handy alternative like motorization. Bedrooms and media rooms possess window shades and specific lighting and/or privacy demands are known for possessing motorized window shades.

Location of sunshine relative to the room. Depending upon their vulnerability, a few rooms have large windows that do not get much sunlight aren’t used for sleep, privacy isn’t a concern and shades may be rarely raised or lowered. Motorized window shades may not be needed in these places.

Child safety. Each year more injuries and Deaths are bring about by control cords for window shades that are manual. This can be a very strong rationale for motorized window shades in children’s rooms, since cords are obviated with automated control. Additionally, frequent use and naps throughout the day as well as timers for scheduled wake ups are factors.

Control. Given the advent of reliable Radio Frequency (RF) technologies, control for the shades is flexible. Remotes or Wall Switches can be utilized both of which possess the capacity of being wireless. Control in each room should be separate. Beyond this, controls could be programmed to allow for all shades within the house to be lower or to raise from 1 button press or any variation of rooms or floors or zones that you wish to command as a group. Control that is integrated with home automation or lighting control systems has increasingly become popular. What this implies is that the shades are controlled from the remote or touch panel of the total residence or lighting control system instead of (or in addition to) the stand alone color control.

Value and functionality. There are ways to lower prices of the motorized shades without compromising system performance. The key is configuration.

Shades driven by a motor. Shade motors are very powerful and multiple shades can be easily lifted. A wall of windows would be an ideal application for this particular configuration. Since the motor drives all shades up or down at the same time, human control of every shade is not feasible. However, in the majority of instances, it isn’t necessary or desirable to operate the shades together this line of shades.

It is crucial to try and avoid larger shades, even if the measurements are within tolerances. As shades get larger the price usually increases geometrically as opposed to arithmetically. Best idea would be to split shades in large openings on a mullion and utilize a 2-on-1 configuration.

Warranties. Motors come with a 5 year warranty and electronic components come from the manufacturer with a 1 year warranty.

Installation warranties of one year in the window should be offered. This means that in the first year of operation, if anything else goes wrong, then there shouldn’t be service charges or any trip fees. This is important as it is from the first year that any issues will occur.

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