December 31, 2023

Sleek and Smart: The Ultimate Guide to Motorized Shades in New York

With motorized window shades, you can achieve the perfect environment in any room, at any time of the day.

Take one look around your New York City home and think about all the different ways you use technology to enrich your lifestyle – and don’t just focus on smartphones, TVs, and computers. Think about the lights, doorbells, security cameras, thermostats, door locks, and even appliances – things we use every day. 

Where we used to have a light switch, we now have an app on our phone. Where we used to have to turn the thermostat manually, we can now do so anywhere – even if you’re not home. The same goes for everything else – a majority of our appliances and fixtures can be controlled from the palm of our hand. 

Here’s my question to you – why not do the same with your window treatments? It might not be the first thing you think of when someone says smart home, but motorized shades are all the rage today, and the reason is obvious – they’re convenient, efficient, protective, versatile, and now more accessible than ever.

Why Choose Motorized Shades Over Traditional Shades? 

Let’s be honest – traditional shades are so 2000-and-late. They had their time, and we got plenty of use out of them, but don’t you think we deserve something better – something a little more 2024? Yeah, we think so, too – that’s why we’re so excited to introduce you to the new-and-improved motorized shades

Let’s take a look at some of the major reasons homeowners and business owners are making the switch: 

  • Convenience – no more getting up and manually opening/closing shades!
  • Energy efficiency – maintain a regular temperature inside the home!
  • Design options – your shades will match the rest of the decor in the room!
  • Warranty – most motorized shades come with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty!
  • Safety – with no chords, your pets and children won’t be exposed to a choking hazard!
  • Protection – you can better protect your furniture from exposure to the sun, even if you’re not home!
  • Privacy – you can increase or decrease privacy without getting up. 
  • Automation – you can put your motorized shades on a timer or on a schedule. 

Motorized shades are the perfect blend of technology and design. With so many different styles, colors, materials, and power options, it’s true when we say there’s a motorized shade for any occasion. Better yet, our proven and experienced staff members at PSE are ready to help you narrow down your options.

Smart Home Integration: Getting the Most Out of Your Shades

We live in a day and age where smart home technology is being applied to virtually every aspect of living – I can’t tell if we’re living in the year 2024 or 2042. Almost anything in the home can be modernized, automated, or integrated with technology in one way or another – and window shades are no different. 

Gone are the days of having to get up and manually open or close your shades – a task some of us do multiple times per day. With motorized window shades, you can achieve the perfect environment in any room, at any time of the day. Trust us when we say your life just got a whole lot easier – and convenient.

To showcase this, let’s take a look at some of the many ways you can integrate your shades with other smart home technologies.

1. Remotes, Keypads, & Touchpanels

You might be asking yourself, “How do I open and close my motorized shades?” Believe it or not, you have options! Most people tend to go with a handheld remote, an on-wall touch panel, or a tablet-like display that you can take with you anywhere in the home. Don’t worry – they’re packed with features!

Not only can you open and close the shades, but you can set them on a timer or schedule to match your routine. They also have a blackout setting (‘goodnight’ setting) to prevent any light from coming through.

2. Smartphone App

The remotes, keypads, and touchpanels come in handy when you want to control the shades at home, but what about when you’re not home? This might not surprise a lot of people because there’s an app for anything these days, but there’s an app for that, too! Now you have control, even when you’re not home.

Let’s say you forget to close your blinds before heading out for work – problem solved. Or maybe the temperature suddenly drops while at the mall, and you want to keep your house warm – problem solved. 

3. Temperature Sensors

Speaking of temperature, did you know you can integrate your motorized shades with a temperature sensor? That’s right, you can even automate the opening/closing process based on what temperature you want the house to be. If the home gets too hot or cold, your shades will adjust and accommodate. 

This comes in handy if you’re on vacation or gone for long periods at a time. Instead of monitoring the temperature inside the home and adjusting accordingly, your shades will do all that hard work for you!

4. Lighting System

What if I told you there was a way to integrate your motorized shades with your lighting system – would you believe me? Well, believe it! With our Lutron shades and Lutron lights, you can have complete control over the natural and interior light inside any room of the house – all on the same remote, nonetheless!

You’ll love this feature if you find yourself watching TV with a glare often. There’s nothing worse than getting up off your comfy couch to close the shade, but that’s not the case with motorized shades!

5. Voice Control Devices

Touching buttons and opening apps is fun and all, but one of the hottest smart home trends of the past few years is voice-controlled devices – whether it be Amazon’s Alexa,, or any of the other devices on the market. And before you ask, yes – you can integrate these devices with your motorized shades. 

You can start practicing it now – “Hey, Alexa. Can you close the shades in the dining room?” That’s all it takes – you won’t even have to lift a finger! It’s like having a butler in the house – living in pure luxury!

How PSE Can Enhance Your NYC Home or Apartment

Are you looking to upgrade your smart home, but don’t know what’s next on your list? Do you want your shades to be just as smart as your lights, door locks, thermostats, and door locks? Are you interested in learning more about motorized shades? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, we want to help!

At PSE, we’re introducing the New York City community to the incredible world of motorized shades. Whether you’re interested in the gold standard of motorized blinds (Lutron) or another manufacturer, our talented team of experts will help you determine which type, style, and functions are best for each room!

Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation – we can’t wait to show you what you’re missing out on!

Thinking about integrating voice control in your home? PSE Audio Visual can help set up your devices with a seamless voice control system.
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