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Motorized Shades vs. Manual Shades—What’s the Difference?


Uncover the Pros and Cons of Each Window Treatment and Which Option is Right for Your Home 

If you’re currently in the process of deciding whether your Nashville, TN home needs motorized shades or manual shades, we’re here to help you distinguish the main differences between these two options.  

It’s important that you understand the pros and cons of each window treatment before you decide. In this blog post, we dive into the benefits each window shade brings to your home, but also why they might not work for your family and your unique needs. Keep reading to find out which window treatment is right for you.  

SEE ALSO: Are You Worried Motorized Shades Aren’t the Right Fit? 

Manual Shades 

One of the first differences you’ll notice between manual and motorized window shades is the price. Investing in manual shades is typically less expensive and a good choice for homeowners working on a strict budget. However, they’re only more affordable because they have fewer features and capabilities than motorized shades.  

Yes, they do their job of filtering light in the room and protecting your privacy, but if you want to lower or raise your blinds, you must physically get up and do it yourself. Lowering the shades by hand and raising them back up throughout your day isn’t convenient and can take away from your important tasks. Plus, manual shades make things complicated for hard-to-reach windows like skylights or bay windows. 

Motorized Shades 

Installing motorized window treatments from Lutron brings a world of benefits to your home, including the luxury of ultimate convenience. Instead of having to get up and manually raise or lower your shades, you can operate your window treatments with just the press of a button on your smartphone, wall keypad, remote, touchpad, or tablet. You don’t even need to be in your home to lower or raise your shades! 

While installing motorized window shades does cost more money upfront than installing manual shades, you end up saving money in the long run. Lutron’s motorized shades can help you reduce your carbon footprint and save on your monthly energy bill by acting as an insulation for your home. You can pair your shades with a smart thermostat, and any time there is a temperature change, your window treatments will know to lower or raise and balance out the internal temperature of your home. This keeps your HVAC system from working double time.  

Now that you know the big differences between motorized shades and manual shades, are you ready to bring the power of Lutron’s window treatments into your home? If so, Prodigy AV is prepared to help. Contact us by giving us a call or filling out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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