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Motorized Shades Offer Effortless Control of Your Window Coverings

A man sitting in a sunroom. Lutron’s motorized shades are partially drawn on all the windows.

Discover the Nearly Limitless Options in Styles and Fabrics

Natural sunlight brings beauty, warmth, reduced energy usage, and numerous health benefits. Unfortunately, it also delivers damaging UV rays, solar heat gain in the summer, and an annoying glare on TVs and computer screens. 

In response, we tend to lower our shades as the sun arcs across the sky and leave them in one position. After all, who has the time to manually raise and lower their window coverings throughout the day? A U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) study on residential window coverings found that 75% remain in the same position. 

Fortunately, there is a better way, and it’s called motorized shades. These window coverings retain the perfect level of light and privacy, all with one touch of a button or automated control. And, instead of distracting or damaging your home’s design, they add immense beauty. 

Let's explore the possibilities and how this easy-to-use technology transforms homes in Salt Lake City, UT.

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The Many Styles and Fabrics of Motorized Window Coverings

 At Ratio AV, we partner with Lutron, the global leader in motorized window coverings and smart lighting. Their products are found in some of the most distinguished buildings in the world, including the White House and the Guggenheim Museum. 

Part of the reason for their immense popularity is their whisper-quiet motor, ease of control, and style selections. You can also choose from over 1,500 fabrics curated by leading global manufacturers or even use your own for complete customization. The following are a few of the many options and the benefits they bring. 

  • Honeycomb Insulated Cellular Shades: These shades contain air pockets that act as insulators, reducing winter heat loss and unwanted summer solar heat. The DOE reports that cellular shades can reduce heat loss by 40% or more and decrease unwanted solar heat by up to 60%. 
  • Roller Shades: Roller shades come in sheer, dim-out, and blackout fabrics. Blackout fabrics eliminate all daylight, while sheer fabrics let you retain your view while diffusing harmful UV rays. 
  • Horizontal Sheer Blinds: These pair precise blind control with sheer fabric, bringing in the beauty of diffuse sunlight while allowing for complete privacy.
  • Draperies: Lutron’s elegant draperies are offered in ripplefold, pinch pleat, and vertical styles.
  • Tensioned Shades: These shades are the perfect solution for hard-to-reach windows, such as skylights and unique architectural windows.

In addition to wired solutions, ideal for new homes and major renovations, roller and honeycomb shades come in battery-powered options.

Controlling Your Motorized Window Shades

You can control your shading system with elegant keypads and handheld remotes. When integrated with a Control4 home automation system, you simultaneously manage your lighting, shades, climate, entertainment, and more with one touch. 

We can also set your shades to an astronomic time clock and sensors so that they automatically adjust at set times of the day or when the temperature rises. Stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer and enjoy the ultimate control of daylight and privacy.

Are you ready to explore the incredible world of motorized shades? To learn more about the many options or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Ratio AV today.  

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