How Can I Automate My Motorized Shades?

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Elevate Your Lifestyle With Motorized Blinds and ShadesThat Anticipate Your Needs 

Motorized shades are a perfect solution for luxury homes with dozens of windows. At that point, it’s not practical to go to each window to manually open and close your window treatments. Instead, opt for shades you manage through apps, Amazon or Google Home voice commands, remote controls, or touchpads. Control one at a time or all of them simultaneously.

The result is a more comfortable, eco-conscious home with the perfect amount of natural light at any given time. When working with a professional, you take the benefits a step further by adding automation so your shades anticipate your needs without you lifting a finger. 

Below are some ways to automate shades in your New Orleans, LA, home. 

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4 Ways Motorized Shades Improve Your Sleep and Health

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Enjoy More Restful Nights With This Smart Technology Upgrade 

Many studies have shown the link between sleep and overall health, with medical professionals recommending at least seven hours of sleep per night. Not only does a good night’s sleep lower your risk for serious health problems like heart disease, but it also reduces stress, improves your overall mood, and even helps you manage your weight! 

Despite our best intentions, sometimes getting that much-needed rest is challenging. But just a few upgrades can help you create a better environment for sleep. A commonly overlooked tool is motorized shades. Here we outline some ways they become the ultimate sleeping aids in your New Orleans, LA, home. 

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Did Someone Say Motorized Shades?

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Leverage the Power, Convenience and Style of Hunter Douglas Shades  

Motorized shades are a convenient solution for controlling the amount of light and privacy in your smart home. With their ultra-quiet motors and automation features, you will never hear anything after tapping on your smartphone, but that’s all it will take to change the lighting in any room. 

If you are in the market for motorized shades, chances are you have found at least a dozen brands all offering the same type of products. Is there one that we would recommend? At Acadian Home Theater & Automation, our team of certified installers chooses Hunter Douglars shades for most of our clients in New Orleans, LA. 

Here are the advantages of installing motorized shades at your smart home, and some of the options available from Hunter Douglas. 

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Embrace Your Favorite Fabrics With Hunter Douglas Shades

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Enjoy High-end Fabrics in Both Manual and Motorized Models

Shades, blinds and drapes serve various purposes, from protecting a family’s privacy to regulating indoor temperature. However, it’d be naive to claim they serve a solely utilitarian role. In most luxury homes, window coverings are first and foremost vital stylistic flourishes, with homeowners investing thousands of dollars on the fabrics and designs they love most.

Motorized shades are a great way to marry form and function by offering seamless control of beautiful window coverings. We partner with Hunter Douglas because they provide a wide range of high-end fabrics for both manual and motorized applications.

Below we outline some of their top design and control offerings to help you find the solution that would best fit your New Orleans, LA, home.

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Palladiom: The Go-To Motorized Shades for Luxury Homes


Deploy Shades That Simultaneously Boost Your Lifestyle and Décor

Motorized shades have been at the heart of Lutron’s lighting control solutions since 1993. Beyond their whisper-quiet operations, their shades have always stood out for their unique style and sophistication. Nowhere is this more apparent than in their flagship line designed as the ultimate meeting point between form and function.

The Palladiom shading system excels in design, engineering and control. Elegance is at the heart of Palladiom, with technology beautiful enough to be featured throughout the home. With both wireless and wired solutions, you can incorporate the shades in conjunction with sleek thermostats and keypads throughout your New Orleans, LA home.

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Which Fabric Should I Use for My Motorized Shades?

QMotion Fabric Selections for Your New Orleans Property

Often families become pre-occupied with the way their curtains look, including the pattern, color, and style. However, there are other aspects to consider, including the openness factor, UV-ray prevention, and material quality. These properties will help your family save energy and still allow you to enjoy the beauty of your shades. Read this fabric selection guide to get a better understanding of all the items to consider when you purchase motorized shades for your New Orleans, LA home.

SEE ALSO: 3 Reasons Motorized Shades are Worth Your Investment Fabric Types Solar shades are commonly used to block out the sun’s UV rays to protect furniture and keep the home cool. They can reduce your cooling costs during the year by keeping out the heat and also lessen your need for artificial lighting. QMotion has a new fabric type called KOOLBLACK, which is a dark fabric that reflects the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them. By reflecting the light, the KOOLBLACK shades reduce heat gain and save energy. They also give you more visibility so you can see outside. KOOLBLACK shades are ideal for work environments and for the home too.

Fabric Color Light fabrics are ideal for common areas, like living rooms and kitchens. They reflect a high percentage of light to keep out heat, while still preserving natural light to reduce the need for artificial light. Dark color fabrics don’t let as much light in through the window but increase the exterior visibility during daylight hours. So if you want to see outside, pick a darker color fabric. Dark fabric colors are ideal for media rooms or home theaters to reduce glare on the screen as well. They can also be used in bedrooms to ensure privacy.

Openness Factor The openness factor refers to the tightness of the weave of your shade fabric, which determines how much you can see through it. A blackout shade, for example, would have an openness factor of 0% because you can’t see anything through it. Sheer fabrics, on the other hand, let you see outside, but the tradeoff is that they let more light and heat inside your home. If you choose a shade with an openness factor of 1%, 99% of the UV light is blocked. Though it will be harder to see out of them you will conserve more energy. If you pick a sheer fabric, keep in mind that people may be able to see inside your home at night. So when you get started choosing your motorized shade fabric, make sure you take the openness factor into account.

Dual Shades Yes, there are many different types of shade fabrics, but you don’t necessarily have to choose just one for every room. Double roller applications let you have the benefits of both shade types – sheer and blackout. Hit your remote control or button on your mobile app and the blackout shade will drop down for a movie. Then, later on, change it and lower the sheer shade so you can read a book in a bright, sunlit room but still stay cool.

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A Hassle-Free Approach to Motorized Shades with Screen Innovations


Wireless Nano Box is the Perfect Solution for Retrofit Projects

Motorized shades will help make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy-efficient. But even though the benefits are crystal clear, we understand why there may be some trepidation. For a lot of homeowners, the wiring needs of motorized shades can be daunting. The idea of tearing down walls is enough to make new window treatments not seem worth it. How can you enjoy the perks of smart shading without the hassle? By incorporating Screen Innovations’ wireless Nano Box shades into your New Orleans, LA, home.

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Have you ever been frustrated at going to each of your shades, drapes, and blinds every time you need to adjust them? In a home with a lot of windows, it can be a time-consuming process. Now, it’s one that you no longer have to worry about — motorized shades are here to add ultimate ease to your life. They give people effortless control, privacy, better sleep, energy savings, and customization options.

Read on to experience a day in the life with motorized shades — and how they can enhance your New Orleans, LA, home.


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