What are the benefits of smart blinds?

Why use smart blinds and how to incorporate them into any home

Words like “smart blinds”, “smart home” and “home automation” are cropping up everywhere in TV renovation shows and design magazines but

What is a smart home and what can it do for you?

In the next few months our blogs will take you through the technology that makes your home easy to manage, even when you’re away. If you have any questions you can always get in touch with one of our designers to talk about what you need your curtains or blinds to do for you, just click the button to the right.

Cascading roman blinds with borders in a cosy bedroom bay window

This cosy bedroom is perfect for winding down in the evening with dim bedside table lamps and blackout roman blinds on the bay window. These blinds can be motorised and programmed to open when you need to wake up, stirring gently from deep sleep to start the day refreshed.

Smart blinds are an easy introduction into the benefit of smart home technology as well as being a good entry point for any home as they don’t need to be installed during a build but can be fit anywhere using the latest battery-operated motors.

What are smart blinds?

Smart blinds are roller or roman blinds which are motorised and can be controlled remotely. The “smart” comes from being able to control the blinds using an app on a smartphone.

Image of Somfy TaHoma app on laptop tablet and smartphone

The Somfy TaHoma app can be used on a laptop, tablet or smartphone to control your blinds while you’re at home or away.

 

How do smart blinds work?

Firstly the blinds need to be motorised which means they need to have:

Image showing Sonesse 30 WF RTS motor

 

 

  • A power source: this can be batteries, a plug in a socket or have them hard wired in if there are building works involved
  • A motor: this is neatly stored out of sight in the component that makes the blind raise/lower  – in the roll of roller blinds or in the headrail of roman blinds

Then you need to control the blind. This can be done at the press of a button with a remote control, a wireless wall switch or via an app on your smartphone. The ultimate control is automatically done using a sensor which controls your blinds for optimal room temperature or sunlight. Too complicated? Just ask Alexa to adjust your blinds.

Are smart blinds worth it?

Opening or closing a blind doesn’t seem like such a hard job that it should be automated but there are advantages that come with motorising and programming your blinds.

Control several blinds at once

Consider when you’re waking up and want some sunshine to start the day off right, how nice would it be to have the blinds naturally rise when your alarm goes off? Or simply pressing a button and having all the blinds in your bay window close at the end of the day so you can just sit and relax in front of the telly.

Image showing Roman and roller blinds in a five panel bay window

Motorisation would make an easy job of opening and closing all the roller and roman blinds on this five panel bay window.

 

Set the blinds for the perfect balance between daylight and privacy

In bay windows and large glazed areas there can be a number of blinds, giving you versatility to choose which to keep open and which to close so you can keep some light while avoiding glare. Motorisation and programming in this Fulham riverside flat gives the owners complete control and sets the mood at the touch of a button.

Image showing roller blinds in a glazed area

Control roller blinds separately or program as a group for any given scenario.

 

Automate blinds for better energy efficiency

Using a sensor to continually track the amount of sun coming into a room and the room’s temperature can prompt your smart blinds to raise or lower as needed. Somfy’s Thermosunis sensor can automate the blinds to help control room temperature and in turn save on energy costs.

Picture of a playroom with large roller blinds on glazed panels

Motorised blinds can lower to avoid this playroom overheating while controls are child safe with a simple wirefree wall switch applied to the wall.

 

The best in child safety with no chains, cords or wires

The simple wall switch in the image above shows a great chain-free option for these large roller blinds in the kid’s playroom. Motorisation is a great option for any room where kids will be.

 

Programming blinds to look like you’re home even when you’re away

Using a timer to turn lights on and off while away on holiday can be a great way to make a house look lived in, consider extending this to programming your blinds to raise and lower as they normally would while you’re home. Staying away over the weekend? Set a program to mimic your life including changes over holidays and weekends, all 365 days a year.

Image showing Tailored look with dark grey side and bottom border cascading roman blinds by Pret a Vivre in smart London home

Program blinds to move making it look like someone is home for peace of mind while you are away.

 

If you’re still not sure whether or not smart blinds are for you, have a chat with one of our designers. They can talk you through all the technical aspects and options to find the best fit for you. Our automation experts can speak directly with your architects or home automation specialist to integrate your blinds seamlessly into your new home.

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