Answering Your Smart Blinds Questions

We can’t deny that we have witnessed incredible leaps in technology over the last few decades. We have certainly seen this within our homes. If you’re keen on embracing the latest innovations or just curious to learn more, the world of smart blinds and automated window coverings might be your perfect starting point! It’s one of the most frequently discussed topics among our clients. Therefore, the Aero Drapery & Blind team is eager to share the top questions and answers with you!

What Can Be Automated? 

In essence, all window-covering categories can be designed with automation in mind: Blinds, shutters, shades, and drapery. Yes, this even includes smart shutters. There are different names for these automated window coverings that you might hear. Specifically, it ranges from motorized drapes to smart shades. Let’s dive into how each one stands out.  

automated shades in bathroom in St. Paul, MN
Palm Beach™ Motorized Shutters


What Makes Each One Different? 

Our recent article explores the unique aspects of smart shades, automated shutters, drapes, and remote-control blinds, providing a better understanding of how they differ from each other. While they share common features—they can’t be adjusted manually and rely on motors for adjustments—their capabilities and features vary. For instance, control options range from simple push-button adjustments to voice commands via your smart home device. How cool is that?

How Does the App Work? 

One of the best things about Hunter Douglas PowerView Automated shades is that they are highly rated for their user-friendly setup. The app is continuously updated to ensure easy and effective access to your shades’ features. Check it out to see how simple it is!

Do They Plug In? 

Powering automated window coverings is available with one of two options: hardwiring or batteries. Hardwiring motorized blinds is convenient during home construction. It allows for low-voltage wiring to be installed. While hardwiring is efficient and avoids the need for batteries, it’s not always the most practical choice. 

What About Battery-Powered Shades? 

Battery-powered shades are very convenient, which is why many homeowners prefer them. Remote-control blinds use minimal power, and you can expect to change the batteries every year or two if adjusted daily. For a more environmentally friendly choice, the Hunter Douglas rechargeable battery wand might be perfect for you. It fits within the headrail of motorized shades, staying out of sight and eliminating the need for disposable batteries.

How Long Do Motorized Shades Last? 

Motorized blinds and shades last longer than manually operated ones. This is because they’re handled less frequently.

Are Remote Control Blinds Loud? 

The motor’s sound is often described as a low humming noise. It only produces this sound as you adjust your smart blinds throughout the day. 

automated shades integration
EverWood® with PowerView® Automation


How Much Do Motorized Shades Cost? 

This is a common question that we are happy to discuss. At Aero Drapery & Blind, we know that cost is a big factor when deciding which features suit you and your home best. Home investments can be expensive, so it’s wise to budget for each project. Hunter Douglas window treatments are top quality and effortlessly increase your home’s value, especially when automated. However, there are some factors that affect the cost: 

  • The number of window coverings needed
  • The type of window shades selected
  • The chosen automation (individual window/wand, smart home integration, remote control)
  • Additional features (top-down or dual shades)

Smart home integration may require additional components depending on the brand. Furthermore, Hunter Douglas ensures that their smart blinds are compatible with most home systems, such as Control4, Elan, and Logitech. They are easily controlled using Alexa and Siri.

Don’t Miss “Hidden Savings” for Smart Blinds 

When discussing the cost of motorized blinds, we highlight significant savings, whether you save time or money. Past clients often find automated shades essential, citing many benefits such as:

  • Effortless temperature maintenance with scheduled or instant adjustments
  • Time saved from adjusting multiple windows
  • Easy adjustments for those hard-to-reach shades
  • Enhanced security through automatic adjustments while away on vacation or at work
  • The convenience of natural light over overhead lights

These advantages make motorized blinds a valuable investment for any homeowner.

Large black trim windows covered partially by duette shades in a light taupe color that overlook a backyard pool in the summer.
Duette® Honeycomb Shades with PowerView® Automation


Final Considerations 

You can easily purchase remote control blinds from different places and different brands. However, we advise investing in a brand that you know–with a company that you trust. We have been in this business for a long time, and we know that navigating new technology can be challenging. The good news is that we are always here to help. Whether you have questions, need more information, or come across issues, you can rely on the support of our team. Aero Drapery & Blind experts set up all features on installation day and guide you through the entire process. Plus, our support continues long after installation. Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation.