We hear the terms motorized and automated, but do we fully understand what the terms mean when it comes to window treatments? Both words are often used interchangeably but have different meanings and apply to different options. Understanding the differences ensures that you will choose the products and options that fit your needs and expectations.

Motorization simply means that your window treatments operate using a motor. The motor can be battery-powered, rechargeable, or hardwired. A motorized window treatment is operated by using a remote, a wall switch, or a push-button wand. You must initiate the action.

Automation, on the other hand, also has motors, but they are programmed to automatically function via set commands using a smart hub, which is connected to your home’s wi-fi. The hub allows you to control your shades through an app on your phone, Alexa, or Google Home. They can be programmed to raise and lower according to your security and privacy needs, as well as for light and temperature control.

The choice is yours. If you simply want to be able to raise and lower that large window treatment behind your sofa or a hard-to-reach window with the touch of a button, motorize it, and use the remote or wall switch. On the other hand, if you like technology and already have other Smart Home features, then automated shades are right for you! The Smart Home Collection from Budget Blinds offers many options to integrate and control your window treatments throughout your home.

No need to stress automation is designed to make your life more convenient and enjoyable!

Budget Blinds has been covering windows in Northern Utah since 1994. Our local, family-owned business is part of the nation’s number one window coverings franchise system. Our design consultants and installers are well-trained in motorization and smart home automated operating systems, and can guide you through the selection process. Whether you need one motorized shade or an entire connected smart home, we are here to help.

Budget Blinds has been featured on HGTV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Military Makeovers, and Undercover Boss.

Ready to see samples? We’ll bring samples and swatches of all types of blinds, shades, shutters, and custom draperies, so you can see how they look in your windows before you buy.

Call or text Mindy at Budget Blinds of Northern Utah at 801-732-6846 to schedule your free consultation today!

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