A Buyer’s Guide to Power Options for Automated Window Shades

Motorized Window Shades

Automated window shades offer consumers an affordable way to improve any home’s energy efficiency, privacy and security.

With motorized shades from Polar Shades homeowners have the ability to control position on demand with the push of a button. Sophisticated timer and sensor systems make it possible to program the shades to open or close at specific times of the day or in response to wind speed, temperature or light level.

Three Power Choices for Automated Window Shades

When purchasing automated interior shades, consumers can choose from three power options:

  • WireFree Power – With this type of system, lithium batteries or Solar Pack power the motor eliminating the need to hardwire. WireFree shades are suitable for French doors skylights and other applications where location prohibits electrical wiring. The optional Solar Pack features a solar panel mounted to the inside surface of the window to charge the batteries.
  • Plug-In Power – Plug-in motors connect to any standard wall electrical outlet and are available in high voltage (AC) or low voltage (DC) versions. No electrician is needed if the unit is within reach of an existing outlet.
  • In-Wall Wired Power – An in-wall system has no visible wires to interfere with the room’s décor. Shades with AC motors can be wired directly to a junction box. However, there’s no need to hire another company to do this as Polar Shades has licensed electricians that do this. DC motors are wired to a transformer
  • Personal preference plays a major role in selecting the power option for automated window coverings. In some cases, the type of motor may dictate which option is best. The friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives at Polar Shades can help you choose the automated window shade system that best suits your needs and budget.

If you are in the market for automated windows shades, call Polar Shades today at 702-260-6110 or 1-877-260-6110 and find a dealer near you.