Read This Before You Buy Remote Control Roller Blinds
Smart technology is becoming increasingly popular in the UK: according to a recent study, a whopping 56% of British homes now have at least one smart device. One popular form of smart technology is blind automation, which allows you to control your window blinds via a wireless mobile device, remote control, or app. Known as smart blinds, motorised blinds are eco-friendly, highly convenient, and can even increase the overall value of your home.
If you’re thinking about installing motorised blinds in your property, there are a number of factors to take into account before upgrading your home with smart technology. In this guide, we’re going to go over some key considerations to think about, from what you can expect to pay to how long you can expect your blinds to last. Let’s take a look!
How do smart blinds work?
Smart blinds work via a tubular motor within the blind roller; this is either powered via a rechargeable battery or replaceable batteries (typically AA) which are linked up to a remote control device. You can control your motorised blinds using the following remote options:
An on/off wall switch. Just like a light switch, a switch can be installed that can adjust, open, and close your blinds with ease. If you’re prone to misplacing remote controls, this might be the most convenient option.
A remote control. This is ideal if you want roller blinds that offer the ultimate convenience; you don’t need to get up from the sofa if you’re watching a film and need to close your blinds, just use your handy remote control to adjust them to suit your needs. Remote control roller blinds are also great for those with physical disabilities, and the elderly.
A mobile app. This can be an incredibly handy way to power your smart blinds, as you’ll be able to open and close them from wherever you are in the world. This can be highly beneficial when it comes to your home security, as your home won’t appear empty when you’re abroad or spending time elsewhere.
Voice control. Some new technologies even allow you to use voice control to control your roller blinds; this is ideal if you frequently lose remote controls and don’t want to download a mobile phone app.
How much are remote control blinds?
As smart technology increases in popularity, you can find affordably priced motorised blinds from anywhere between £800 and £500 per window. The cost of your blinds will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your windows, the type of blinds installed, and the type of remote control device you opt for.
Having your blinds professionally installed will also incur extra costs, although some companies will include free installation for orders that exceed a certain cost.
Do smart blinds make noise?
Noise can be a key concern when purchasing smart blinds, especially if you have young children or animals in the house. Typically, smart blinds will usually only omit a slight whirring noise when in use (aka when opening or closing the blinds.) Aside from this, you won’t hear them.
How long do smart blinds last?
With correct maintenance and use, remote control roller blinds can last for years on end, and can even end up adding market value to your property. In order to keep your blinds in good condition, clean them regularly. You’ll also want to dust them every week or so to prevent any accumulation of debris that could impact their functionality.
Smart blands are also incredibly energy efficient; with the possibility of increased sunlight in your property, you’ll end up using fewer lamps during the day or early evening.
Can I install my own smart blinds?
If you’re handy with DIY and have already installed blinds before, there’s nothing stopping you from installing your own smart blinds.
That being said, it can be beneficial to make use of an installation service if you’re installing more than just a few blinds; a DIY job will take longer, and fixing any errors made during the process might end up costing more than an installation service would have cost.
Remote control blinds are perfect for families
If you’ve got young children, curious toddlers, or even pets running around the house, blind cords can pose a serious choking risk. When you install remote control blinds, the blinds will be installed in a compact, ergonomic fashion around the window, leaving no cords, wires, or material trailing on the floor.
Remote controlled blinds Oxford
If you’re looking for remote controlled blinds in Oxford, Smart Blinds offers a wide range of electric and motorised blinds in unlimited styles, from roman blinds to shutter blinds. For a consultation, or to speak to one of our advisors, contact us today on 01635 866600.
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