Motorized Window Shades & Home Security: What You Need to Know

A thief opens a door with a crowbar.

In Los Angeles, as of late 2023, violent crime is down. That’s the good news.

The bad news? Property crime is up — way up.

Stolen vehicles, burglaries, and thefts from autos top the [LAPD’s Rampart Division’s] weekly list of crimes, and solving them is made more difficult by staffing shortages.

Source: CalMatters

Burglars stake out the ripest targets, sometimes with small, almost undetectable electronic devices. The most common break-ins are between 10 am and 3 pm when the bad guys know you’re at work or running errands.

What’s a homeowner to do?

One of the best tactics is to make your home look occupied, even when you’re away. Smart home systems can help in this respect, turning the lights on or off automatically.

Even better, motorized window shades can serve as a surprisingly effective deterrent.

Elevating Security: How Motorized Window Shades Make a Difference

Securing your home isn’t solely about locks and alarms; it encompasses every aspect, including windows. They’re potential entry points for intruders. If left unprotected, they can compromise your safety.

Motorized window shades act as a proactive shield, offering a blend of functionality, style, and enhanced security that traditional shades can’t match. Let’s explore the ways they can fortify your home’s safety:

Automated Security: A Smart Shield

With motorized shades, you’re in control at all times. Integrate them with your smart home system and adjust them remotely or automatically, giving the illusion of occupancy even when you’re away. This simple trick deters potential intruders, making your home a less appealing target.

Enhanced Privacy without Sacrificing Natural Light

Motorized shades let you configure settings to your preference, blocking visibility from the outside while still welcoming sunlight inside. Enjoy your home’s ambiance without prying eyes.

Reinforced Durability: A Sturdy Defense

Some motorized shades come with durable, tamper-resistant materials that add a layer of defense, making it harder for intruders to gain access through windows.

Integration with Security Systems

Pair your motorized shades with alarms or motion sensors that trigger shade closure in case of suspicious activity.

Convenient Accessibility for All

Convenience remains the #1 reason for requests to install motorized shades. Control the shades with the touch of a button or through voice commands. Even family members with mobility challenges can operate motorized shades.

Installation Tips: Securing Your Home Hassle-Free

Installing motorized window shades might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some handy tips to ensure a smooth installation process:

  1. Professional Installation: While some might consider DIY installation, professional installation ensures proper fitting and integration with your home’s systems.
  2. Power Backup System: Motorized shades need power to function. Consider installing a backup system, such as battery-powered shades, or connecting them to an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in case of a power outage.
  3. Customizable Programming: Consider customizing shade settings for maximum security benefits. Set them to open and close at certain times, giving the impression of an occupied home.
  4. Incorporate Additional Security Features: Motorized shades can complement other security features in your home, such as cameras or smart locks.
  5. Test Run: After installation, thoroughly test the shades and their integration with your smart home system to guarantee seamless functionality.
  6. Maintenance Matters: Regular maintenance ensures longevity. Follow manufacturer guidelines for cleaning and upkeep to keep your shades in top condition.

Who Installs Motorized Shades?

We do!

We’re Aero Shade, LA’s premier window treatment company, and we’ve sold and installed motorized shades for almost as long as they’ve existed.

We work with prominent architects and designers to customize the perfect window coverings for Los Angeles-area homes, businesses, and schools.

Please visit our showroom to see and test working models of our motorized shades, or call us for a free consultation. 323-457-2835.

Enhancing your home’s security with motorized window shades isn’t just a trend; it’s a proactive measure to fortify your sanctuary. From automated security to seamless integration with smart systems, these shades offer a blend of security and convenience that traditional window coverings can’t match. So call us today!

FAQs: Answering Your Questions about Motorized Window Shades

Q: Can motorized window shades be customized to fit different window sizes?

Yes! They come in various sizes and can be customized to fit almost any window size or shape.

Q: Are motorized shades noisy when operating?

Not at all! Modern motorized shades are designed to operate quietly, ensuring minimal disturbance.

Q: Can I control motorized shades when I’m away from home?

Through smart home integration, you can control your shades remotely using your smartphone or other devices.

Q: Are motorized window shades energy-efficient?

Many motorized shades are designed to enhance energy efficiency by controlling heat gain or loss, thus reducing energy bills.

Q: Do motorized window shades require special maintenance?

They don’t require extensive maintenance, but regular cleaning will ensure their longevity.

Q: Are motorized shades more expensive than traditional shades?

While initial costs may be higher, the long-term benefits of motorized shades, such as energy efficiency and enhanced security, make them a valuable investment. Plus, with Aero Shade’s competitive pricing and quality installation services, you can find an option that fits your budget.###

Q: Can motorized window shades be programmed to open and close at specific times?

You can set them to open and close at specific times of the day, enhancing your home’s security.

Q: Do motorized window shades come with a warranty?

Typically, yes. Most manufacturers provide a warranty for their products. The warranty duration and terms vary, so please check this before purchasing.

Q: Can I install motorized window shades myself?

We recommend professional installation to ensure proper fitting and integration with your home’s systems.

Q: Can motorized window shades be operated manually in case of a power failure?

Some models do have manual or battery operation as a backup. However, it’s best to check with the retailer to be sure.

Q: Are motorized window shades safe for homes with children or pets?

Yes! Motorized shades eliminate the need for cords or chains, which can pose a safety risk to children or pets.

Q: Can motorized shades block UV rays to protect my furniture?

Yes, many motorized window shades are made with UV-protective materials to prevent sun damage to your furniture, flooring, and other interior surfaces.