With today's technology, you can automate many aspects of your home, including your window coverings. Motorized blinds can increase the comfort of your home, but you might wonder if they are worth the investment. While these products can come with a hefty price tag, they also offer several benefits for your home and family. Here is a rundown of these benefits and why they can make your home much smarter:

Convenience is one of the biggest advantages motorized blinds offer. By simply pushing a button on a wall or even using a remote, you can open or close all of the blinds in a room. Additionally, for many coverings, you can install a sensor that automatically opens or closes your blinds depending on how much sunlight it senses in the room.

However, if any issues arise with your motor, you may be without window coverings until repairs can be made. Unfortunately, these repairs can take a while and put a dent in your bank account.

More Placement Options
Motorized window coverings also provide convenience for those hard-to-reach windows. If you have windows that are too high to open and close, motorized window coverings allow you to restrict sunlight and increase your privacy by pushing a button or installing a sensor. You can still reap the benefits of sunlight while closing blinds when needed.

Besides cost, keep installation in mind. You may need to have additional electrical work done to install them correctly, which could be an added cost. Furthermore, the installation process will be more time-consuming and complex than installing manual blinds.

Create Restful Mornings
Exposure to sunlight is known to release serotonin, which puts you in a better mood. When you install motorized blinds in your bedroom, you can automate the blinds to open at a certain time in the morning, letting in sunshine. This allows you to wake up naturally and enjoy a better mood throughout your day.

Energy Efficient
You can maintain a more favorable temperature in your home easily with motorized window treatments. With many smartblinds, you can install a sensor so the blinds open and close automatically. So, for example, if you wish to keep you home cool during the summer, the blinds can automatically close when the sun is at its peak. With motorized window treatments, the choice is yours on how much sunlight you want coming through your windows. Additionally, because motorized blinds are energy efficient, they can increase your home's value as well.

Protect Your Home
If you are going away for several days or weeks, motorized window treatments can give others the impression someone is still at home, making your property less of a target for burglars. You can automate coverings to open and close as you like or program it to open certain blinds on one day and other blinds the next, giving neighbors and passersby the impression you're home even when you are miles away.

Protect Your Furniture from the Sun
Direct sunlight damages your furniture and other upholstery inside your home as it shines day after day on the same items. Motorized blinds allow you to close blinds during certain times of the day to prevent sun damage. This can lengthen the life of many items in your home and is particularly useful if you are gone during the day but want the blinds opened when you return.

Child Safety
Window cords pose one of the greatest threats to children under the age of three. Motorized window coverings can eliminate that threat. Many are free from cords, so you don't have to worry about any potential risk of strangulation with children. (However, safety should always be an issue with young children in the house, no matter what the item may be.)

Attractive Design
Not only are the cords on window coverings a safety issue, they can be unsightly, particularly if you desire a certain classic and polished look. With these coverings, you don't have cords or rods to deal with. You can open window coverings to the exact same position, creating a unified look. There are many possibilities with these products.

Despite the extra cost and more complex installation that comes with motorized window coverings, you can make your life a little easier and your home a little smarter.

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