Summer Vacation Home Safety and Sanity Checklist

A summer vacation to the beach, the mountains, or a faraway destination can be a welcome break from the stress and routine of daily life, but being away from home for a prolonged time can put your property at risk. Modern homes are highly complex structures with plenty of potential disasters lurking in plain sight. It’s bad enough when those disasters happen while you’re at home, but they can be catastrophic when you’re away for days or even weeks.

To keep your home safe, secure, and free from both minor and major headaches while you’re soaking up the sun with your family and friends, check out Blindster’s summer vacation home safety and sanity checklist:

 

  • Don’t let your home “go dark” while you’re away.

    Don’t let your home go dark while you’re away.

    A home that has been unoccupied for days is enticing to would-be thieves and burglars. In addition to a home security system, other ways you can protect your property and your belongings is by making it look like nothing is out of the ordinary in your family’s daily routine. That means taking steps like stopping the newspaper and mail, parking vehicles in the driveway or garage, putting lights on timers, and making sure your lawn gets mowed regularly.

  • Use the “coin in a cup” trick to check for food-spoiling power outages.

    Use the coin in a cup trick to check for food-spoiling power outages.

    Whether it’s due to lightning storms or power surges, losing electricity in the summer for minutes or hours can be common in some neighborhoods. Unfortunately, you won’t know exactly how long your power was out if you come home to clocks blinking 12:00. One easy trick to find out is to freeze a cup full of water and place a coin or other small object on top of the ice. If you return home and notice the power went out, check where the coin is located inside the cup. If it’s frozen towards the bottom of the cup, it means your power may have been out long enough for food inside your refrigerator to spoil.

  • Avoid water and central air disasters before you leave.

    Avoid water and central air disasters before you leave.

    Make sure your thermostat is set to a reasonable temperature before you leave. Obviously, there’s no benefit to making sure your furniture enjoys a cool 70-degree temperature, but you also shouldn’t turn your central air off or leave the temperature set too high. To avoid the risk of major leaks, turn off the water supply to your dishwasher, washing machines, and sinks—especially ones that are prone to leaks and drips. You can also set your water heater to vacation mode to save energy and reduce the risk of unit failure while you’re away.

  • Take out all trash and empty your refrigerator of perishable food.

    Take out all trash and empty your refrigerator of perishable food.

    There’s nothing worse than coming home from a relaxing vacation and being greeted with the smell of spoiled food as soon as you step foot inside your front door. Be sure to empty all trash cans and to throw away any perishable food from your cupboard, pantry, and refrigerator before you leave home. You should also clean pet water and food dishes, litter boxes, and other items they need.

  • Call your family, neighbors, and credit card company.

    Call your family neighbors and credit card company.

    Before you leave, make sure some of your family or friends know about your trip—especially if you need someone to stop by and feed your pets, water your plants, or just keep an eye on your home. You also may want to tell a trusted neighbor that you’ll be gone, as they’ll be in a great position to let you know if anything looks amiss at the homestead. Finally, make sure your credit and debit card companies know that you’ll be traveling. Many card companies have fraud protection that will lock access to cards and accounts when suspicious activity is detected—including usage in cities far from home.

 

Fall Lawn Care Tips

Football is back on TV, supermarkets are selling Halloween costumes and decorations, and coffee shops are touting the return of pumpkin spice. Yes, there’s no denying that summer is winding down and fall is nearly here. While the return of cooler weather can be a boon for outdoor activities and reducing your energy bills, it also gives you a chance to prepare your lawn for the spring.

If you were unsatisfied with the appearance of your lawn this summer, you can probably trace it back to the things you did (or didn’t do) last fall. Don’t make the same mistake twice. With a few weeks to go before fall officially arrives, you have plenty of time to take all the steps necessary to have a healthy lawn this fall, winter, and into next spring and summer.

To get your lawn as well prepared as possible for the next 9 months, check out Blindster’s tips below:

Aerate the soil

Aerate the soil

Most grasses are highly responsive to oxygen, water, and fertilizer during the fall, but it won’t do much good if those nutrients can’t reach the roots. A self-propelled aerator can be rented from many hardware stores and rental outlets, and it offers a quick way to aerate even the largest lawns. However, for huge jobs and lawns that are several acres in size, you may be better off hiring a landscaping service unless you want to dedicate several weekends to this project.

Fertilize your lawn

Fertilize your lawn

Just as aerating should be done in the fall, so too should fertilizing. In fact, many lawn care experts say that once-a-year fertilizing done in the fall is sufficient for most lawns and will lead to optimal growth. But don’t be too eager to begin fertilizing as soon as the calendar hits late September. Wait until the season is in full swing and temperatures have started to drop before you break out the fertilizer. Using a walk-behind drop spreader, make sure you hit every inch of your lawn to avoid patchy growth or brown spots in the spring.

Address bare spots

Address bare spots

If the high temperatures and dry weather that’s common during summer did a number on your lawn, fall is the perfect time to repair the damage. Check your grass for any bare or brown spots and use a lawn repair mixture—which will contain grass seed, mulch, and fertilizer—and prepare the soil by loosening it with a rake or aerator. Then, spread the mixture over any areas of your lawn that need extra attention and water it right away. Continue to water those areas at least three to four times per week for the next month for the best results.

Start raking right away

Start raking right away

For optimal lawn growth and health, your grass and roots need constant exposure to oxygen and sunlight. Being buried under a big pile of leaves certainly isn’t conducive to a healthy lawn, so be sure to stay on top of raking once the leaves begin to fall. Waiting too long not only deprives your grass of the nutrients it needs, but it can also expose it to disease. Morning dew and rainfall can accumulate on dead leaves, causing an even heavier weight on your grass and increasing its risk of developing funguses that can harm its growth.

Get serious about weeds

Get serious about weeds

Weeds can be a year-long problem for homeowners, but they’re at their most vulnerable during the fall. Like all plants, weeds go into survival mode during the fall when temperatures drop and days become shorter. That means they can hog even more of the nutrients that your grass needs. Manually pull weeds or use a safe and environmentally friendly herbicide to get rid of them before spring and you’ll have less of a headache to deal with when your lawn is in full bloom.

Back-to-School Safety Tips

School is already back in session throughout many parts of the country, and classes will resume in other states over the next few weeks. As summer ends, it’s important to remember that changing schedules and daily routines can also lead to some safety concerns if you and your children aren’t prepared.

Staying safe involves every aspect of you and your children’s day. From the time you wake up and leave the house, to when your kids are at school, to the time you pick them up, following common sense safety guidelines will help every member of your family have a happy, healthy, and safe school year.

To help your family avoid serious accidents or injuries this year, do your best to follow these tips:

Refresh yourself and your children on bus safety

Refresh yourself and your children on bus safety.

School districts throughout the country are focusing heavily on bus safety in recent years. You can protect yourself and other children by making sure you always come to a complete stop near buses when they’re loading and unloading students. It’s also important to make sure your children know how to safely enter and exit their bus, including when it’s safe to cross the street. Finally, teach your children how to behave on a school bus, including being quiet, keeping aisles clear, and learning how to operate emergency exits.

Make sure your family avoids distractions

Make sure your family avoids distractions.

Distracted driving is an epidemic, but it’s becoming clear that distracted walking can also put people in significant danger. Set a good example for your children by never driving while texting. If you have children who are of driving age, be sure to emphasize how dangerous texting and driving can be. Finally, set limits on cell phone usage for your children when they’re walking to or from school, especially if they use headphones. Being distracted while walking near traffic can lead to serious accidents.

Be cautious when driving through school zones

Be cautious when driving through school zones.

School zones are designed to help children get to and from the classroom safely, and that’s why they have significantly reduced speed limits, crossing guards, and flashing lights. When you drive through a school zone, make sure you follow all traffic laws in that area. That includes obeying the speed limit and any commands the crossing guard on duty gives. Remember that the crossing guard decides who gets the right of way—not stop signs or traffic lights. You should also avoid passing other vehicles in school zones, as children may be walking in an area of the road that you can’t see.

Create a safe environment at home for your children

Create a safe environment at home for your children.

If your children are older, you may feel comfortable allowing them to stay by themselves for a few hours before you or your spouse get off work. Make sure they’re well-protected and that they have everything they need in an emergency, including emergency phone numbers, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and knowledge of your home’s security system or garage entry codes. To further protect your children’s privacy when they’re at home, make sure your windows are covered with thick shades or blinds.

Establish schedules for after school events, such as sports and extracurriculars.

School years can get hectic for families. Between parents having to work long hours and kids having to balance the demands of school, sports, and extracurricular activities, the days, weeks, and months of a given year can seem like a blur. But when kids must stay late for sporting activities, clubs, and other events, they can’t always rely on a bus to get home. That’s why it’s vital to make sure everyone in your family is on the same page when it comes to each child’s schedule and how they’re supposed to get home.

Protect your children with the right clothing

Protect your children with the right clothing.

Giving your kids proper clothing is important, especially as seasons and weather change. If your children walk to school, make sure they have brightly colored clothing and jackets that make them stand out to drivers. They also should have rain boots if they need to walk when it’s raining. Give them flashlights to place in their backpacks in case they need to walk home when the sun begins to set, especially during the winter. In addition to lighting their path, the flashlights will also make it easier for drivers to see them.

6 Tips for Better Home Security and Peace of Mind

As a homeowner, your top priority is making sure your family and your belongings are safe from harm or theft. And while many homeowners simply install automated home security systems and count on these advanced monitoring alarms to keep them and their loved ones safe, it’s important to take extra precautions to get true peace of mind.

To reduce your risk of being a victim, check out Blindster’s top home security tips:

 

Hide, bury, or protect exterior wiring and power lines

1. Hide, bury, or protect exterior wiring and power lines.

Would-be burglars can be savvy, and if they know a home is equipped with a security system, their first order of business may be cutting the power lines to the home or to the alarms. Whether you’re planning on installing a security system or you already have one, make sure the power supply and wiring are either out of sight, buried, or encased in a protective barrier.

Change your locks when you purchase a new home

2. Change your locks when you purchase a new home.

Your first order of business when buying a new home should be changing the locks and getting new keys made for every member of your family. Make sure that all exterior entrances are equipped with new locks. In addition, you also may want to change the locks every few years, especially if you’ve ever needed to give spare keys to housekeepers, handymen, painters, and contractors.

3. Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places.

Almost everyone has been in a situation where they need to drop off a key for a family member or friend, and almost everyone goes to the tried and true “hiding spot” of under the mat, inside the mailbox, or in a planter next to the front door. Unfortunately, burglars are equally familiar with those hiding spots, and many homes have been stripped of their valuables by people who simply helped themselves to a spare key and walked right in. Get more creative if you need to leave a spare key, and never leave it out for more than one day if possible.

4. Use a random garage door entry code.

Many garage doors can be opened with just a four-digit passcode. While that’s enough digits to make it difficult for someone to guess the code, it’s short enough to make entry a breeze if the code uses obvious numbers, including a significant birth year, your home’s street address, or part of your phone number. You also shouldn’t use weak passwords like 0000, 1111, or 1234.

5. Keep family trips quiet on social media until you get back.

It can be hard to resist sharing your family’s travels while you’re on a grand adventure, but live streaming your kids jumping into a pool in Mexico is like putting a big spotlight on your empty home for would-be burglars and thieves. Sharing every detail of your trip on Facebook and Instagram is okay after the trip is over, that is.

Equip your windows with blinds and shades

6. Equip your windows with blinds and shades.

Burglars are much less likely to break into homes if they don’t know what (or who) is inside. Installing blinds and shades on your windows doesn’t just keep the sunlight out of your eyes and protect your family’s privacy—it also helps you avoid becoming a victim of a burglary. For the ultimate home protection and privacy, consider installing routeless blinds or blackout shades.

Tips for Keeping Your AC Running in Top Condition This Summer

It’s been a brutal summer throughout many parts of the country, with temperatures soaring and humidity rising. Thankfully, central air units and air conditioners help keep the worst of the summer climate at bay, but these modern marvels tend to break down when we need them the most—i.e., on the hottest days of summer. Central air/AC repairs and replacements can be expensive, but you can avoid them by taking a few preventative measures.

Check out Blindster’s tips below to stay cool all summer long without feeling the heat on your wallet or bank account:

Clean or replace the filter frequently.

Experts say that cleaning or replacing a dirty AC filter can improve the unit’s performance and efficiency by anywhere from five percent to 10 percent. Check your air conditioner’s manual to find out how often you should replace or clean its filter for optimum performance and unit lifespan. Dirty filters cause units to work harder to cool buildings and homes, prematurely aging them and causing components to break down faster.

Move objects that interfere with air flow.

Move objects that interfere with air flow.

A new or clean filter won’t improve your unit’s efficiency if its airflow is blocked or obstructed. Make sure your unit has plenty of space on all sides. Never store anything on or next to your unit, and be sure to trim trees, bushes, and hedges if they begin to encroach on the air near the unit.

Clean the inside of the unit and remove debris.

Clean the inside of the unit and remove debris.

The inside of central air units is protected by grates, mesh, and vent covers, but debris and foreign objects can still end up inside. Keep an eye out for things like sticks, leaves, branches, dirt, and other items that can end up in or around the interior fins. For even greater performance, wipe down the fan blades with a damp cloth and vacuum the fins using a soft-bristle brush attachment.

Replace fuses at the beginning of each season.

Replace fuses at the beginning of each season.

Fuses are in the disconnect boxes of most central air units. They are one of the key components that are prone to failure, especially when units are forced to run constantly during hot weather. However, they are prone to stress during cooler months as well, making them more likely to break down in the late spring or early summer. To avoid the risk of injury or malfunctions, consult a professional when it’s time to replace your unit’s fuses.

Lighten your central air unit’s load by protecting your windows.

Lighten your central air unit’s load by protecting your windows.

Windows are one of the biggest sources of heat entering homes, especially in the summer. Sunlight passes through the glass and instantly warms the surrounding area. The warm air then circulates throughout the home, causing the AC to work harder to keep the home cool. Protecting your windows and the interior of your home outdoor awnings, trees, thick blinds and shades, and blackout curtains can reduce your monthly electric bill and prolong the lifespan of your air conditioner.

What Makes Modern Window Treatments Better?

There’s no stopping the march of progress. Whether it’s medicine, technology, fashion, or home design, people are always innovating, improving, and refining the things we use in our everyday lives. That statement holds true even for things like blinds and shades. Although the changes in window treatments isn’t as obvious as the transition from old tube-style televisions to flat-screen high-definition panels, the industry has seen some improvement improvements and advancements in recent years.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer some of the highest-quality blinds and shades all of which are the newest models. It’s our goal to provide our customers with the latest and greatest, so that they can enjoy all the benefits of modern window treatments.

If you’re on the fence about upgrading or replacing your aging window coverings—or you’re just curious about what’s changed in the world of blinds and shades recently—check out the following reasons why modern window treatments are better than ones from previous eras:

Higher-quality materials

The materials used in many window treatments manufactured today are lighter, stronger, more durable, and easier to clean than ever before. Consider the beauty and UV-ray blocking capabilities of the Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics used in our line of Premium Solar Shades, the natural and man-made fibers used in our Bamboo shades, and the durable and lightweight composite materials used in our faux wood blinds and plantation shutters.

More options for customization

It’s 2017, and consumers demand greater customization and the ability to tailor products to their preferences and lifestyles. Window treatments are no exception to this demand, and all our blinds and shades have a multitude of options to help you get exactly what you want. Choose from features like top down bottom up operation, continuous loop and cordless lift options, privacy and blackout liners, edge binding, and cassette valances. In addition, our custom ordering process means that you can get the perfect fit for your doors and windows—no more one size fits all guessing games.

Greater variety of colors, textures, and patterns

Color schemes, textures, and patterns quickly fall in and out of fashion. The blinds or shades you purchased 20 years ago may look hopelessly outdated in 2017. In addition, they also may have faded or simply no longer match your home’s current décor and style. Thankfully, there are more options than ever for personalizing the appearance of your window treatments. Many of our blinds and shades have a dozen or more colors, with some having 30+ options to choose from.

Online ordering makes it easy to narrow your search

Before the rise of online shopping, getting new window treatments was a hassle. You had to flip through potentially outdated catalogs or drive to a store or warehouse and look at a small selection of blinds and shades under than less-than-ideal lighting conditions and with a high-pressure salesman guiding you along the way. With online ordering, you can take your time and easily sort through dozens of window treatments, including various options and colors. And once you find a few that you like, you can order samples to help you further refine your search.

Motorized shades are now affordable for all

Battery and remote-powered shades have been around for a while, but they were previously niche products that simply weren’t practical for most homeowners. But advances in technology and materials have made these shades more affordable for homeowners, and now they’re at a price point that’s comparable to standard shades. Motorized shades are the ultimate in convenience and ease of operation, and a single remote can control up to 15 shades, making it simple to control all the shades in a large room or even throughout your entire home.

Online reviews and product descriptions give you more information

Part of being an informed and savvy consumer is doing your research before you make a purchase. That includes things like checking out the reviews of the products you’re thinking about purchasing and carefully reviewing product information and technical specifications. In the past, buying window treatments was a like taking a shot in the dark, as you had no way of knowing about peculiarities specific to a model or whether it had a major flaw that wasn’t immediately noticeable. But buying blinds and shades in 2017 means you have quick and easy access to a wealth of information before you put up your hard-earned money.

How Can New Window Treatments Improve Your Sleep?

To perform and function at our best, most of us need seven to eight hours of quality sleep. And while many of us think we’re getting a full night’s rest, the actual quality of sleep may be poor. That can result in fatigue, grogginess, and lack of energy throughout the day. Over time, sleep debt can even result in serious health problems.

Sleep hygiene is a term used to describe good practices that will help you sleep better throughout the night. It includes tips like limiting the frequency and length of daytime naps, reducing caffeine intake, exercising, and avoiding certain foods before bedtime. But it can also include things like your bedding, room temperature, sound levels, and light exposure.

And while new window treatments won’t make your bed more comfortable, they can make your room more comfortable—and that can result in better sleep. Here’s how it works:

Window treatments protect your privacy

Window treatments protect your privacy

To fall asleep and stay asleep, you need to feel safe and secure in your home. It can be difficult to achieve that state if you’re sleeping in a room with exposed windows or flimsy window treatments that your neighbors or people on the street can easily see through. Installing thick and non-transparent window treatments in your bedroom gives you the peace of mind you need to sleep soundly night after night.

Window treatments block light

Window treatments block light

While some people are more sensitive to light than others, almost any amount of light can disrupt sleep. Without proper window treatments, you may be awakened several times at night by passing vehicles and their headlights, or by things like automatic street lights, emergency vehicle lights, flood lights, and security lights. In addition, you may be awakened by the morning sun, which is great if you’re a natural early riser, but it can set you up for a day of drowsiness and fatigue if you need to sleep in. Blinds and shades that block the sun’s rays help you stay asleep longer and wake up feeling alert and refreshed.

Window treatments block sound

Window treatments block sound

Light isn’t the only outside annoyance that can keep you up at night or wake you up too early in the morning. Cars driving by, trains passing in the distance, and neighbors mowing their lawns are all common sounds for homeowners at night and early in the morning. Having well-insulated windows helps reduce outside noises, but adding thick and heavy window treatments, such as Roman shades and wood shades, helps further muffle annoying sounds that can disrupt your sleep.

Window treatments keep your bedroom a more comfortable temperature

It’s important to keep your bedroom at a steady and cool temperature at night. However, drafts from windows can make it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature from the time you go to sleep until you need to wake up. Getting the right window treatments adds an extra layer of insulation in your bedroom, making it easier to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

 

5 Facts about Bamboo Shades

Bamboo shades are among the most unique and visually stunning window treatments that we sell. They’re a great balance between the natural wood look that many people love in classic blinds and the matte appearance of shades. Their popularity is also due to their versatility, as these shades fit perfectly in a huge variety of rooms, whether it’s a sunroom with a nature motif, a classy study or home office, or even a neutrally decorated and designed guest bedroom.

At Blindster, we know that many homeowners and people in the market for new window treatments have questions about bamboo shades—especially if they’ve never seen them in person. Their low price and high quality makes them an intriguing product for many of our customers, and they can liven up rooms and dramatically change their look, feel, and overall vibe without breaking the bank.

Whether you’re thinking about ordering some for your home, or you just want to know more about these unique window treatments, here are five facts to know about bamboo shades:

Bamboo shades are versatile

Bamboo shades are versatile

Some window treatment shoppers may have the wrong impression of bamboo shades, as they may mistakenly believe that they are all blackout-style shades. While it’s true that we offer thick bamboo shades with available privacy and blackout liners to further reduce visibility and glare, we also offer bamboo shades that are light filtering. That means you can find bamboo shades for every room in your home, whether you’re looking for ultimate light control or beautiful soft and diffused natural light.

Bamboo shades are made using natural materials

Bamboo shades are made using natural materials

The “bamboo” in bamboo shades isn’t just a marketing term—it’s the real deal. Our bamboo shades are manufactured using a mixture of real bamboo slats, grasses, and reeds. The natural materials are one of the first things that homeowners and first-time bamboo shade buyers notice when they get these window treatments, and it’s also one of the things they love about their new shades the most. The natural manufacturing materials makes bamboo shades a must-have for eco-friendly and environmentally conscious homeowners.

Bamboo shades are affordable for all budgets

Want a luxurious and natural look without breaking the bank? Look no further than our Closeout Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades or our Super Value Bamboo Woven Wood Shades—our top-selling bamboo shade. Want a premium window treatment with all the options to match? Check out our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades or our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group C. The large price range means that our selection of bamboo shades is accessible on almost any budget and project size, whether you’re looking to outfit a single room or your entire home.

Bamboo shades are available with different lift options

Bamboo shades are available with different lift options

With bamboo shades, you don’t have to sacrifice customization and versatility. Our selection of bamboo shades ships with standard lift cords that are color coordinated, crash proof, and C.P.S.C. child safety guidelines-compliant. However, you can change to a continuous loop lift cord—a recommended change for any shades that are over 72” wide. We also offer top down bottom up operation for homeowners who want the ultimate in versatility and light control. Finally, we offer a cordless variety of bamboo shades for homeowners with kids and pets who want peace of mind and safety throughout their homes.

Bamboo shades have fast production times

Need to get your new shades right away? You’ll love the fast production and turnaround times of our bamboo shades. Our Super Value Bamboo Woven Wood Shades and our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades have a production time of three to five days, while our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group A and Group D have a five to seven-day turnaround time. Our remaining shades can be completed and ready to ship to you within eight to 10 days.

What Are the Benefits of Motorized Shades?

At Blindster, we strive to stay on the cutting edge of window treatments by constantly refreshing our selections and offering our customers with the latest and greatest. Our newest product line is a series of five unique motorized shades. In addition to being extremely versatile and easy to operate, these shades also feature a beautiful and traditional design, making them ideal for just about any room in your home.

Want to learn more about our new motorized shades? Check out some of the top benefits of these automated and convenient window treatments:

 

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Easy operation

Although we test the control options for all our shades, including standard nylon cords, chains, continuous cord loops, and cordless options, to be as easy and intuitive as possible, we know that some homeowners prefer an even simpler method of raising and lowering their window treatments. Motorized shades are the easiest to control of all, as the simple touch of a button on their remote raises or lowers them effortlessly to the desired height.

 

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Perfect for hard to reach windows

Got windows that are hard to reach, but still want to cover them with shades? If so, motorized shades are the ideal solution. No more stretching or even climbing on furniture or ladders to adjust your window treatments. With motorized shades, you can set them to the perfect length without putting your furniture or yourself at risk by climbing to reach cords, chains, or bottom rails.

 

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65-foot operation distance

In addition to being able to easily control shades that are otherwise hard to reach, motorized shades can also be controlled across large rooms or even your entire home. The shades are equipped with a powerful receiver and are paired with an equally powerful remote. That means you can expect flawless performance at up to 65-feet away from your shades.

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Control up to 15 shades with a single remote

With our motorized shades, you won’t have to worry about jugging multiple remotes and forgetting which one controls certain shades in your home. All our motorized shades ship with a remote that can be configured to control up to 15 shades. That means you can quickly and easily control the shades in a large room or throughout your entire home with a single remote control.

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No need for electrical outlets

We know that many homeowners are concerned about the appearance of unsightly cords and cables snaking along their walls to power their motorized shades. However, our window treatments are operated with a lithium battery power pack, eliminating the need for messy cables, extension cords, or outlets directly underneath your windows. The included batteries are designed to be long-lasting, which means you won’t have to worry about replacing them until after many hours of usage.

 

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Available in a wide variety of styles

At Blindster, we know that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to window treatments—including specialty items like our motorized shades. That’s why we offer five distinct and unique options. Choose deluxe or premium light filtering double cellular shades, exotic solar shades, shades with five percent openness, and shades that block 99 percent of the sun’s light and harmful UV rays.

 

 

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Huge variety of colors

Getting the right color for your window treatments is an important part of the decorating process. You need a color, texture, or pattern that complements your home’s style. And with our line of motorized shades, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect look to match your furniture, wall colors, and décor. Our Premium Motorized Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades are available in more than 40 colors, while the other four motorized shades have at least 15 colors to choose from.

 

What Can New Window Treatments Do for Your Home?

If you’re looking to upgrade or refresh your home’s appearance, there are no shortage of options available. From kitchen remodels and freshly painted walls, to new furniture and replacing carpet with hardwood, there’s always a major upgrade right around the corner that can breathe new life into your home.

But if you’re looking for a dramatic change that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg AND won’t take up your weekends for the next few months, buying window treatments may be the perfect option for you and your family. Blinds and shades are something that many homeowners take for granted, and it’s not until they’re either ineffective or need to be replaced that they realize how much of an impact they have on their homes’ appearance and comfort.

If you’re on the fence about ordering new window coverings, or you’re just wondering what will change if you upgrade your existing/outdated blinds and shades, check out Blindster’s list of all the ways new window treatments can liven up your home:

New lighting=new mood

New lighting=new mood

The lighting in your home plays a huge role in its ambience and its appearance. Colors that appear drab and muted can look lively and energized with the right lighting—especially natural lighting, while rooms that feel washed out or that get harsh glare during sunrise or sunset can become more comfortable if the sun’s rays are reduced or blocked completely. Many of our window treatments are between the two extremes of open and blackout, and varying degrees of light-filtering shades can transform rooms, particularly during the times of day when they get the most sunlight.

 

 

Colors, textures, and patterns can complement your furniture and décor

Have you recently redecorated or refurnished a room and feel like something is still missing or just isn’t quite right about the way everything looks? If so, it may be due to your window treatments. Blinds and shades that complement the color scheme, furniture, and decorative pieces in a room are an often-overlooked finishing touch for decorating jobs, and window treatments that clash with a room’s overall aesthetic can ruin even the most meticulous décor.

 

Reduce or block UV rays, protecting your furniture, your home, and your family

Reduce or block UV rays, protecting your furniture, your home, and your family

The sun’s rays can be intense, especially in rooms that get prolonged exposure during certain times of day. If you have exposed windows or windows that are only partially covered with drapes or curtains, you have no way of reducing or blocking the UV rays that enter your windows. Over time, that can cause fabric and other materials to fade, wood to dry out, and even your skin to become damaged.

 

Extra layer of insulation against weather and sound

Even some of the most advanced weather-sealed windows can still become drafty or cause heated/cooled air to leak out of your home and outside air to get indoors. The right window treatments will help keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round, reducing your energy bill and your home’s impact on the environment. In addition, thick window coverings can also serve as insulation against outside noises, making them ideal for homes in busy neighborhoods or near heavily trafficked streets.