How much do electric blinds cost? Considerations before you invest

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Electric blinds come in many different colours, shapes, designs, and styles to fit individual needs. This means that you’ll not just be able control the light that gets into your home and increase your privacy, but you’ll also add to the cosmetics of your home. They also are a safe choice, as they do not require any cords or wiring. And being electric, you get to enjoy maximum convenience! All these advantages explain why electric blinds are an increasingly popular choice when it comes to window coverings. But there’s one important question you’ll no doubt want to ask: just how much do electric blinds cost?

Given the advantages they offer and the technology involved, electric blinds do tend to be slightly more expensive than manual blinds. If you’re considering investing in electric blinds but you’re worried about the cost, we’re here to help. First, let’s look a bit more closely at how electric blinds work.

What are electric blinds?

Before we consider the cost, let’s cover the basics. Electric blinds are window coverings that use a motor to open or close them at the touch of a button. They can be powered by your household’s mains supply or a battery. Those using a battery are entirely cordless.

There are multiple ways to control electric blinds. The first way is by using a remote control handset. With this, you close and open your blinds just the way you do with your television. The second way is using a wall switch. Here, you open and close your electric blinds just as you would turn your lights on and off. A third way to open or close electric blinds is by using an app on your phone, tablet, or laptop. This is the most convenient control method for electric blinds. It works even when you’re away from home.

You can even automate your electric blinds, which makes for incredible control and convenience. When integrated with your smart home system, the blinds close and open at specific times of the day, every day.

When shopping for electric blinds, you need to consider multiple factors. One of the factors that bar many from buying and installing electric blinds is the cost. Since electric blinds are made with the latest technology and come with multiple control options, you’ll need to pay more to acquire them. But how much more? Let’s look at what can affect the cost of electric blinds.

How much do electric blinds cost?

Generally, the cost of buying and installing electric blinds is higher than that of standard blinds. The exact cost will vary depending on multiple factors, including:

Type of electric blinds

Electric blinds come in different designs and styles, each priced differently. These include Roman blinds, vertical blinds, wooden Venetian blinds, roller blinds, pleated blinds, and many others. These blinds are made of different materials that determine the cost of the motorised blind you choose. Some are also more durable than others. Wooden Venetian blinds, for instance, can be a great choice for electric blinds, as they are hard-wearing and attractive. However, there will be an associated cost.

Size of the project

The more windows you have in your home, the more you will pay to get them dressed with electric blinds. The size of the windows also adds to the cost of buying and installing electric blinds. As you may expect, if your windows are large, you’ll need more material to cover them, which means paying more. If you have small windows, on the other hand, your blinds will cost less.

Power options and installation

The cost of electric blinds will also vary depending on the technology used to make them. Most of the latest versions employ cutting-edge technology, which makes them more convenient. Wireless electric blinds can be more expensive than wired ones. They are battery-powered and easier to install compared to the wired ones.

Wired electric blinds use power from your household’s mains supply. The cost of installing wired electric blinds is high. It requires professional installation and extra resources, which might be costly.

Things to consider before investing in electric blinds

When thinking about investing in electric blinds, don’t just dwell on the cost alone. There are multiple factors to consider before you make a decision. Below are some of the essential factors.

Control options

How do you want to control your blinds? Most electric blinds have convenient control mechanisms. Those controlled with a remote control device are particularly handy. You can open and close them when seated on your couch.

If you’re away from home most of the time but want to keep your blinds functional, go for app-controlled electric blinds.

The motor will connect to your phone, tablet, or laptop via a wireless network. Whether you’re at work or in traffic, you can easily open or close your electric blinds on your mobile devices. People with mobility issues will also benefit from motorised blinds with smart control options.

Durability

Certainly, electric blinds are usually more expensive than the equivalent manual ones. If you have large windows, or wish to go for a more expensive option, the cost can be considerable. However, electric blinds are an investment that can pay enormous dividends. They are extremely convenient and can add wonderfully to the aesthetics of your home. For this reason, don’t be tempted to try to cut costs by buying cheaper, less durable blinds. Paying more upfront can mean you enjoy your electric blinds for the long term, which is far better than saving now and having to replace them. So pay attention to the quality of the blinds you’re purchasing, and consider choosing more durable materials.

Functionality

Before you decide to buy electric blinds, consider the room you want them installed in. Electric blinds can be installed in almost every room in your house, including the bedroom and kitchen but you must be clear about why you want them there. Take some time to think about the purposes you want your electric blinds to serve.

For instance, bedrooms require blinds with special features – you may well want them to have extremely strong light reduction as well as being private and helping to eliminate noise from outside. Having electric blinds tailored to perform these specific functions will be ideal for your bedroom.

For this reason, blackout roller blinds are great for bedrooms. They block out virtually all sunlight, leaving your room in total darkness to give you peaceful sleep.

On the other hand, Venetian blinds work best in living rooms. Wooden blinds, meanwhile, don’t do well in moist areas like the kitchen.

Your windows

Windows come in various types, styles, sizes, and designs. When shopping for electric blinds, don’t just think about the cost of the blinds. You might also want to consider:

  • How do your windows open and close?
  • Do they open from the inside or outside?
  • Are they large or small?
  • Do you require more or less privacy in this area of the house?

Motorised blinds can be installed on the inside or outside of the window. The good news is that electric blinds come in various sizes, styles, and designs to fit any window.

The size of your windows matters a lot in the choice of the best electric blinds. Make sure you have accurate measurements. If you don’t have the equipment to measure the size of your windows, or if you don’t know how to do it accurately, get a professional to do it for you. If you give inaccurate measurements, the blinds won’t fit well on your windows.

Style 

The style of your electric blinds should complement your home décor. So you’ll have to consider the type, colour, and design of the motorised blinds. The right blinds will also add value to your home, so if you’re thinking about selling they can be a great investment.

Who knows, you might attract potential buyers just because of your lovely new blinds! 

How to take care of your electric blinds

Just like any other product, the longevity and functionality of electric blinds depend on how well you care for them. Over time, dust and dirt might accumulate on your electric blinds, making them hard to open and close. This might also affect their appearance and the general aesthetics of your home. There are various ways you can clean and maintain motorised blinds.

Vacuum your electric blinds regularly to remove dust and dirt. This cleaning method is efficient, especially if your blinds are covered in or made from fabric. To achieve a cleaner surface, use a duster. Clean from top to bottom so that all the dirt and dust falls on the floor. Just don’t forget to sweep up afterwards!

A dry sponge can be an effective cleaning tool for certain kinds of motorised blinds. It removes dust and grime on your motorised window treatments without damaging its parts. However, you should never soak or spray your motorised blind in the name of cleaning, especially those made from wood. Water or any other cleaning solution will damage your electric blinds. If in doubt, consult the manufacturer, who can give you detailed advice on how best to clean your blinds.

Final thoughts on the cost of electric blinds

Electric blinds, also known as motorised blinds, are operated by a motor. This motor can be powered by a battery or your household’s mains supply. The cost of buying and installing electric blinds varies depending on a number of factors. For instance, the type of electric blinds you want, the size of the project, and power and installation are some of the things that can affect the cost.

Generally, motorised blinds come at a higher cost but nevertheless they offer value for money. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t a luxury reserved for people with big budgets. They can make such a substantial improvement to your home when it comes to both comfort and design. When shopping for blinds, consider things like functionality, your home décor, the type of windows you have, and the control option you prefer.

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