Automate your blind control: Via app, voice and fingertip
Manually raising and lowering a shutter or a blind isn’t a great deal of work in itself – but imagine doing it over and over again in a large house with lots of windows and doors. And for older people, or those with limited physical mobility, manually raising and lowering blinds can become quite tricky even if you only have a few windows to take care of. So why not leave the task to intelligent technology? In this article, we explain your options and all the benefits of smart blind control.
A triple win: Enhanced comfort, better security and lower energy consumption
Automated blind control is much more than just another technological gimmick:
It not only enhances your comfort and simplifies the operation of your home technology, but also boosts your security too.
When you go away on holiday, your smart technology can automatically raise and lower your blinds or shutters for you – creating the impression that your house is occupied and minimising the risk of break-ins. An automated blind system also helps to maintain a pleasant temperature in your home, which will have a positive impact on your energy footprint. At night, the closed blinds will help to insulate your home, keeping heat in and reducing your heating costs.
Your Smart Home thinks for you: Automate your blind control
So, we know that electronic blind systems have a lot of benefits – but there are also a lot of options for you to choose from. With some automated solutions, the blind system is connected to and co-ordinated with other technical components. You can install sensors to measure sunlight and set awnings, shutters or blinds to automatically create shade on sunny days. With the Gira System 3000, you can link your system to a weather station. Alongside rainfall, outdoor temperature and wind speed, the station measures countless other parameters to determine the optimum position of your blinds.
Depending on the position of the sun, the system lowers the shade and precisely adjusts the slat height and direction accordingly. If there’s a sudden bout of rain, hail or stormy weather, the blinds are automatically retracted to a safe position.
Timers are also a practical addition if you want to set specific days and times for your blinds to be raised or lowered. The latest solutions, like the Gira System 3000, come with an integrated memory and astro function, which enables your blind system to automatically switch between summer and winter time.
Wireless blind control: The simplest retrofit solution
Even if you live in an older home or a rented property, you don’t have to miss out on smart technology. Wireless systems can be fitted at any time without rerouting any cables. The Gira System 3000 comes with integrated Bluetooth, making it perfect for retrofit solutions.
The wireless Gira eNet SMART HOME system also offers a wide range of intelligent blind control functions. With this system, you can create automatic programs for your privacy and sun protection systems and activate presence simulation scenarios. The easy and flexible system is operated via an app on your smartphone or tablet.
Everything you need, at your fingertips: App-based blind control
Regardless of whether you opt for a wireless or wired solution for your electronic blinds, shutters and awnings, you can also control and manage your system remotely via an app.
At home or on the road, the Gira Smart Home apps – in conjunction with the compact Gira X1 mini server or the Gira HomeServer – allow you to control your blinds conveniently from your smartphone. For wireless operation, use the Gira eNet Smart Home app to access all of your Smart Home technology securely, wherever you are.
A practical solution: Voice command blind control
If your smartphone or tablet is just out of reach, you can also lower your blinds to the required position using voice commands via the Gira KNX System.
Installed with the Gira HomeServer or Gira X1 mini server, the system is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. The wireless Gira eNet SMART HOME system can also communicate with both voice assistants to make voice-command blind control simple.
Whether you use your blinds to create shade or to protect your home against prying eyes or intruders:
With Smart Home technology controlling your systems, you can stay flexible and ensure your home is prepared for any situation.
If you’ve already fitted electronic blind controls in your home, share your experiences in the comments!