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Learn the Answers to Your FAQs About Smart Blinds


Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering smart shades for your Edina home

Are you tired of wrestling with the manual shades and their myriad cords in your Edina, MN home? If so, you may be ready to make the upgrade to smart blinds that are easily controllable with preset schedules for raising and lowering or with the press of a button on your smartphone. 

We know that making the switch is a time-consuming (and costly) change upfront. But we think the long-term benefits of switching to motorized shades — like heating and cooling savings, better natural lighting control, and easier operation — are worth it. Keep reading to learn the answers to commonly asked questions about smart blinds to determine if they’re the right fit for your home’s windows. 

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What sets motorized shades above manual shades and blinds?

There are several reasons we recommend motorized shades to homeowners. First and foremost, they’re easier and more convenient to operate than manual shades. Gone are the days of maneuvering cords to open and close your blinds. Instead, adjust your shades to the precise levels you want using a button press on an app or remote. Additionally, motorized shades are a safer choice for families with young kids and pets because they’re cordless and do not pose a choking hazard.

Smart shades are a great energy management technology in your home. They help save money on electricity by reducing your reliance on artificial light, reducing solar heat gain indoors during summers, and insulating your home during winter. Additionally, they protect your furniture, artwork, and floors from the damaging effects of UV rays.

Are motorized window treatments loud?

Many people hear the word “motor” and assume motorized shades are loud, but that’s not true for shading solutions by Lutron and QMotion. Lutron has long offered some of the quietest motors on the market, and QMotion guarantees whisper-quiet shades that won’t disrupt your lifestyle. 

How do I control smart shades?

Smart shading systems offer several options to control your shades in the way most convenient to you. You can raise, lower or adjust single-room or whole-home shades wherever you are using a smartphone app or touchscreen app. Additionally, you can control shades and blinds using on-wall keypads, a wireless remote, or even your voice. 

Automation is a convenient and hands-free way to control smart shades. Schedule shades in a single room or throughout the whole house to raise or lower based on the day, time, or position of the sun.

How are motorized shades installed?

Today, several installation options are available for smart shades and blinds. If you’re installing shades in a new build, a hardwired solution like Lutron’s Sivoia QS is the most reliable choice for whole-home shading. Sivoia QS supports Lutron’s entire collection of window treatments, including roller shades, drapery, Roman shades, tensioned shades, honeycomb shades, sheer blinds, and wood blinds. Additionally, the Sivoia QS system can be easily integrated with Lutron lighting and climate during the new construction phase. 

If you’re interested in adding window treatments during a renovation or retrofit, consider a wireless solution to avoid ripping up the walls and ceiling for new wiring. For example, the Lutron Sivoia QS Wireless system is reliable, scalable, and supports Lutron’s entire collection of window treatments. Or consider QMotion’s battery-powered roller shades, which have one of the longest-lasting battery lifespans in the industry.

Are there smart shades that match my interior design?

Yes! Brands like Lutron and QMotion offer extensive arrays of shade styles, fabric materials, colors, patterns, and opacities to match your design preferences. If you’d like to see fabric options, call ResTech Systems today to request samples.

Where can I find out more information?

Call ResTech Systems to learn more! We are your shading expert and Lutron and QMotion dealer in Edina, MN. From design to installation to programming and automation, we’ll help you find the right whole-home shading solution for your house. 

And our service doesn’t end after installation — we offer several support and maintenance packages so that you can get the help you need if something goes wrong. Call us or fill out an online form to set up a consultation with our experts.

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