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Many homeowners upgrade their window fittings when they redecorate a room or renovate a property. However, the benefits of automated blinds mean increasing numbers of people are choosing to switch their existing curtains and blinds for motorised alternatives.
With so many advantages associated with smart home features, it’s easy to see why automated blinds are so popular. To find out why motorised window fittings are a must-have feature in any property, take a look at some of the benefits they offer…
1. Climate control
We rely on curtains, blinds and double-glazing to add extra insulation to our homes. With the right window fittings, you can reduce your fuel consumption and even lower your utility bills. In the UK, homeowners may spend most of the year trying to keep the heat in, but climate control becomes even more important during the few weeks of summer we have!
Few buildings in the UK are built to cope with high external temperatures. As we don’t have a particularly warm or humid climate, residential homes rarely have air conditioning installed and few homeowners opt for specialist glass that can reflect the sun’s rays.
Fortunately, you won’t have to resort to these expensive measures to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Automated blinds give you added control over the temperature inside your home. With thermal fabrics to enhance the impact, you can rely on motorised blinds to create a comfortable environment throughout your property.
2. Better Home Safety
You may not think of standard blinds and curtains as being dangerous, but they are responsible for a significant number of household accidents. Worse still – incidents involving window fixtures and fittings can be extremely serious. Young children and pets are most at risk of harm when it comes to curtains and blinds, so finding a safer alternative is essential for family homes.
An excess of curtain fabric makes it easy for anyone to slip, trip or fall, which can obviously result in an array of injuries. However, young children can also get themselves entangled in the fabric or caught up in tiebacks. Similarly, blind cords present the same danger and can easily restrict the airways if a child or pet is unable to extricate themselves.
As automated blinds don’t rely on cords or pulls to be manoeuvred, there are significantly safer than traditional alternatives.Seamless control ensures you can keep blinds safely closed when children are playing, while precision fitting will ensure there is no excess material to cause a safety hazard.
3. Enhance the Outdoors
If you’re thinking about installing motorised blinds, you’re probably imagining how they’ll look in your kitchen, living room, bedroom or bathroom. However, automated fixtures don’t just enhance the interior of your property; they improve gardens, patios and decking too.
Installing an automated awning increases the functionality of your outdoor space and ensures you can make the most of your garden, whatever the weather. While manually controlled awnings require a considerable amount of effort to open and close, automated options can be carefully controlled in seconds.
With speedy installs and minimal maintenance required, you can have automated awnings fitted in time to enjoy the summer sun (while it lasts!)
4. Increased Security
Windows allow natural light to brighten a room and are essential for adequate ventilation, but they do pose some security concerns.Anyone could gain access to your property if you accidentally leave a window open, while window locks can be a weak point when it comes to security at home.Furthermore, people can easily see into your home when curtains or blinds are left open. As well as reducing the amount of privacy you can enjoy in your own property, this allows would-be trespassers to see what items you own.
With automated blinds, you never need to worry about leaving your window fittings open again. The option to program your blinds to open and close at specific times ensures your privacy is well-maintained, without you needing to do anything at all. Alternatively, you may want to opt for automatic motorised blinds. These respond to exterior light and open and close accordingly. When daylight begins to turn to dusk, for example, your blinds will close and keep your home away from prying eyes.
5. Improved Sleep Quality
Sleep is essential to our physical and mental well-being but it’s rare that we get enough of it. As well as counting the number of hours of shut eye you get, it’s important to assess the quality of your sleep too. If you’re regularly awoken throughout the night, for example, this could be having a detrimental effect on your sleep quality.
To ensure you get enough sleep, it’s essential to create a calming, relaxed environment. In fact, many sleep experts recommend undertaking an audit to determine whether your bedroom promotes restful sleep or hinders it.
Unsurprisingly, the window dressings you choose play a major role in creating a calming bedroom. If curtains and blinds don’t fit well, for example, light will filter through and potentially disrupt your sleep.Similarly, poor quality or thin fabric will be unable to block the light out effectively, which means your sleep will be affected by sunrise and sunset, as well as by the copious amount of artificial light that is present.
Choosing motorised blinds is an excellent way of improving your sleep quality and quantity. Being able to adjust your blinds at the touch of a button means you can prevent too much light from filtering through the window and disturbing you, while blackout blinds will ensure complete darkness throughout the night.
Installing Automated Blinds at Home
Motorised blinds can be installed easily but it’s best to access professional assistance. Exceptional functionality and seamless integration with existing automated systems can be achieved when experienced technicians install automated blinds in your home.
At Smart Blinds, we work with a range of automated systems to ensure every requirement can be catered for. To learn more, contact us today on 0118 950 9449 or 01635 866 600.
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