How To Use Smart Blinds To Keep Your House Safe, Even When You're Not There

There are things we all do when we go away. Take out the garbage so the place won't smell on your return. And do whatever you can to make it seem like your house isn't actually empty — put lights on timers, ask friends or neighbours to collect the mail, water plants and put out the bins. But these are awfully 20th century methods of signalling that you're home. You need something smart. Your home needs protection whether you are at home or not.

The Home Alone baddies weren't fooled by automated lights, so its doubtful real criminals will be. And thanks to social media updates and geolocation, criminals are better equipped than ever to know where and when you are home.

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Automated blinds can give you privacy and security when you're at home — automatically shifting to suit the time of day, temperature and nosey neighbours. One minute your blinds can be down, the next it can be up, all pre-programmed or at the push of a button on your mobile or remote.

It's when you aren't at home that the smart blinds really come in to their own. Automatically shifting to give a tangible, physical sense of a home that is lived in. Using Luxaflex PowerView Motorisation, you can create "scenes" for your home — different combinations of window coverings and positions. Easily created and controlled through the PowerView app, you can have different scenes in various rooms, to meet different light and privacy needs throughout the day. You can even schedule it all to simplify your life.

In fact, through the app you can easily control your blinds from wherever you happen to be — on the couch, at work, or on a beach on the other side of the world. Your shades are never more than a few taps away. And by connecting your blinds to services like IFTTT (If This Then That), you can take this to the next level. You could connect your blinds to motion and location sensors, weather stations and much more. Have your shades automatically react when it's too cold or hot, when you're home or away.

Choosing the right system

Choosing the right automated system is important. Luxaflex PowerView Motorisation, for example, can be used with a wide range of blinds, shades and sheers, with numerous colour options. PowerView comes with a remote, or an intuitive app, allowing you to program your blinds or activate them nomatter where you are.

With the right automated blinds you can have peace of mind without bothering your neighbours and friends, or fiddling with outdated timers for your lights.

PowerView is available from Luxaflex Window Fashions dealers and David Jones stores across Australia.

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