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4 Home Spaces That Benefit Most from Motorized Window Treatments

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Installing Smart Shades in These Rooms First Gives You More Bang for Your Buck

Motorized window treatments are a multitalented smart home solution: They offer convenient control of the light and climate inside your home, increase privacy and security, beautify your interiors with a wide array of styles and fabrics, and come in both wired and wireless options for optimal installation.

If you’re just getting started with motorized shades, you might wonder where they’ll benefit you and your Greenwich, CT home the most. After all, not everyone interested in smart shades wants to upgrade every window treatment in their home. Some homeowners want to start small!

Below, learn where to begin with motorized shades first if you want to get the most bang for your buck.

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4 Ways Motorized Blinds Go Beyond Added Convenience

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Use Our Tips Below to Make the Most of Your Motorized Window Treatments

Upgrading to motorized blinds has many benefits to offer you, but convenience certainly takes the cake. Automating a repetitive task, such as lifting and lowering your shades and drapes at the touch of a button, saves you time and eliminates the frustration of cords and strings.

But convenience is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of switching from manual to motorized window treatments in your Darien, CT home. Read on to learn four more ways this smart solution can elevate your lifestyle.

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How Are You Controlling the Sunlight in Your Home?

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Automated Shades Help You Harvest Natural Light

While your shades, blinds, and drapes have a wide range of purposes, there are two that stand out above the rest: protecting your privacy and managing natural light. Though daylight can improve your day by basking your space in a warm glow, it can also make your television unwatchable in the afternoon. So, you how do you get it only when you want it?

While you can turn fixtures on and off on command, managing when and where you get sunlight is a little trickier. Although shades are a great start, when controlled manually it’s difficult and tedious to stay ahead of the shifting sunlight. Smart shading solutions that let you manage them through apps, sensors, and schedules make it easier for you to take control.

You can use automated shades in a variety of ways to harvest natural light and improve your day-to-day lifestyle. Each family will find their unique approaches, but below we outline some of the most common ones you can implement in your Stamford, CT home.

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How Can Your Children Benefit from Automated Shading?

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Create a Safer, More Comfortable Environment for Your Kids

Over the years, parents have come up with hundreds of unique ways to child-proof their homes. Vowing to create the safest and most comfortable environment for their kids, they add parental controls to their TVs, secure cabinets and toilets, and even add humidifiers in their bedrooms. Even the most discerning parents, however, may be missing out on one crucial tool: automated shading.

Rarely more than a stylistic consideration, the right kind of shades can have a significant impact on your kids. As you read this blog, you’ll find out how automated shades make your Greenwich, CT home safer. Lots of other benefits come along with smarter control of your window treatments, including better sleep habits and added independence for your kids.

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4 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Media Room Installation

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Create the Ultimate Multi-Purpose Space With these Tips

Designing a media room can be one of the most challenging tasks in your new home. For one, it's one of the most versatile spaces. It's used for watching movies, reading, hosting friends, and more. It's also one of the first things people notice when they enter your house. So, style is just as important as practicality. When it comes to media room installations, there are a few problems in particular that we often notice. We outline some of them below, including some quick tips on how to stay ahead of any potential issues in your Darien, CT home.

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Is There a Better Way to Manage Your Home's Shades?

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Get Rid of Those Inconvenient Cords and Wands

There are a lot of ways you can incorporate smart technology. Sometimes it doesn’t have to mean bringing in brand new devices, but rather upgrading the ones you already have. The one upgrade we see most often is people going from manual shades and blinds to motorized window treatments.

Everyone's looking for a little relief from those cords and wands that are not only an eyesore but are hard to use and can even be potential health risks to vulnerable family members. Enhancing your everyday lifestyle is as easy as embracing new ways to manage the shades in your Darien, CT home.

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Why Motorized Window Treatments are the Perfect Addition for the Summer

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Keep Your Home Cool With a Motorized Shading Solution

With summer approaching here in Connecticut, you might be facing a familiar issue this time of year.

Your trees are beginning to bloom, and you want to showcase views of your property’s outdoor areas during their most aesthetically pleasing time of the year. But summer also comes with warmer temperatures – and an increased need to keep your home cool amid rising energy costs.

This presents a dilemma: How you can you preserve your home’s outdoor views while preventing solar heat gain through your windows and keeping your home cool during the summer?

The answer is by adding motorized shades.

In this post, we’ll share why motorized window treatments are the perfect addition to your home for the summer – whether you live in Greenwich or beyond.

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Home Theater Window Problems Solved with Motorized Shades

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How to Navigate the Challenges of Installing Shades in Your Greenwich Home Theater

One current design trend that is in many homes today is floor to ceiling windows, and installing many of them. Open concept designs that include lots of windows make the home feel light and airy, which in turn elevates the homeowners’ mood. Typically, no one wants to live in a dark, dungeon-like house. However, this type of design isn’t exactly home theater friendly. While windows add architectural interest and beauty to your spaces, they can be a pain when you want to watch a movie. Glare from the sun is just one of multiple problems that windows can cause. Fortunately, Rich AV Design has a lot of solutions that can resolve this issue. Continue reading this blog to learn how motorized shades can enhance your home theater in Greenwich, Connecticut. 

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4 Things You May Not Know About Lutron Motorized Shades

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Discover The Top Features of These Award-winning Shades

Installing motorized shades in your New Canaan, CT home has many benefits, like saving energy, adding beauty and convenience. However, there are some other great features you may not know about Lutron shading. Their award-winning line of smart shades have incredible technologies that can be used and enjoyed by everyone in the family. Keep reading to discover these top four features we love most. 

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How to Pick the Right Window Treatment

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The Best Motorized Shades for the Connecticut Homeowner

Have you ever walked into a showroom or gone to Macy’s and been stumped as to which curtains you should choose to match your home décor? It can be difficult picking out the right furnishings to make your home look and feel comfortable and beautiful. Add smart home technology to the mix and it can be even more challenging making a decision as to which type of window treatment you should purchase. The good news is that your local home technology expert Rich AV Design is here to help you decide by informing you on the options. Read on to learn which Lutron motorized shading system is best for your Stamford, Connecticut home.

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3 Ways Motorized Shades Can Enhance Your Business

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Rich AV has Shading Solutions for Commercial Spaces in Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut

As summer approaches, the days get longer, the weather gets hotter and your energy costs start to rise. With smart automation in your Stamford or Greenwich business, you can beat the heat. Motorized shades are among the most efficient, effective, and often-times beautiful ways of keeping your spaces cool and comfortable any time of the year. Read on to find out how motorized shades can improve your working environment, whether your work in an office, a restaurant, or in the hospitality industry.

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Can Lighting Control & Motorized Shading Truly Complement Your Interior Design?

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How managed light sources can enhance your space

Rich AV Design knows that automated lighting can be used to enhance the natural beauty of your home rather than detract from it. Great lighting is the icing on the cake of a well-designed interior, and can be created for any and every room, not just one location.  Want to know how automated lighting can reduce energy costs and spotlight your interior design skills? You’re in the right place.

Detailed attention is given to every aspect of your décor- so why not the lighting? Customized lighting is important for overall design, showcasing collectibles and flattering other furniture. With the variety of customized lighting and motorized window treatment options available today, light that complements your décor is easier than ever.

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How Do You Define “Home Automation?”

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Your favorite CT-area Custom Audio/Video Integrator puts it all together 

What IS home automation? When customers call Rich AV Design for advice on how to automate their homes (or make the homes “smart”), they’re often unsure exactly what automation is, let alone know the level of “intelligence” they want. Drawing from years of experience providing integration services throughout Connecticut and New York, we assembled this brief guide to help you decide exactly how “automated” you want your home to be.

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Rich AV Design Wins 2018 Home of the Year Award

Electronic House, the leading information site for smart  home consumers, announces the winners of 2018 Home of the Year Awards recognizing the best technologies, products, and services for the smart home. 

"Our annual Home of the Year contest winners re present the finest implementations of smart  home technology," says Electronic House editor Lisa Montgomery. "From creative integration of  systems to innovative design and installation techniques, the winning home systems integration  companies and projects serve as inspiration to any homeowner interested in incorporating smart  elements into their own residences."


All entries will be posted to ElectronicHouse.com, receive a free listing in the Electronic House Installer Directory, be included in audience newsletters, be eligible for selection as an Electronic  House “Home of the Week” feature story, and receive social media coverage.
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All entries were  udged on level of integration and engineering, and specific ways in which the  technology has enhanced the lives of the people who are using it.. 

Below is some information on our winning entry, which won in the  Best Smart Home of the Year > $150,000+ category. Further down you can see the other categories and winners. 

For this project, we worked on a luxury space in New York City’s Upper West Side. The client wanted a Savant System solution similar to the one in family’s existing home – this time, with state-of-the-art technology.

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