Hunter Douglas is THE name in window treatments. They are of the best quality and come in numerous different products, styles and colors. At Florida Living Quarters, we are one of the only priority dealers in the Orlando area and we sell quite a lot of Hunter Douglas. We have been selling them for years now and have watched their technology become more and more advanced. A few years ago when they introduced PowerRise, we were so excited to be able to operate the shades with remotes. Now Hunter Douglas has come out with a technology even more fantastic than that! It is their all new operating system called PowerView. It is when you can operate your shades from your smart device of any kind. We were lucky enough to attend a training for the new PowerView in Orlando this week and I want to share some of what we learned with you.
As technology throughout the home becomes increasingly smarter, Hunter Douglas knew that they had to keep up with the trends. Companies are introducing programmable thermostats and other decor-friendly gadgets. PowerView is different than any other shade operating system than before because you can not only operate it with an aesthetically pleasing remote, but you can operate your shades from your app and from anywhere in the world! This is handy when you are on vacation and you want others to think you are home. Hunter Douglas is using a new technology called “the Hub” to make that possible. Along with PowerView comes the all-new concept of a scene controller. Using your app to create “scenes” you can program all of your bedroom shades to open at sunrise and for them to shut at sunset without ever having to press a button. Scenes are like linking a certain few shades in your home together so that they operate at the same time. It allows you to set your shades to any position based on privacy needs, light and overall ambiance. Maybe you want your shades to open in the kitchen when you are making your coffee before work, and then close right after you leave for the day, and then open again when you get home. Using the app and the scene controller you can set your shades to do whatever you want, whenever you want, without picking up your remote. You can have your entire house of shades programmed to open and close as you please.
This operating system is the safest yet. There are no cords dangling down, nothing for anyone to get caught on. PowerView is perfect for younger couples or new families who have young children. Even people with pets can appreciate the string-free shades. PowerView combines the safety factor with a streamlined look and easy operation for the ultimate window coverings. If you are not a “techy” person, no need to worry. The licensed installer does all the programming for you. All you have to do is tell him how and when you want your shades to move. Then you can start living with your perfectly programmed shades.
If PowerView offers anything, it is options. Almost all of the Hunter Douglas products can be made with PowerView. That allows you to get exactly what you want, in the color you want, and all motorized. The “pebble” is what the new remotes are called. They come in seven different colors to make sure that you are able to coordinate the remote with your color scheme. They are ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your hand, and also to blend in with your decor. If you don’t want a remote lying around, they make them in surface mounts as well. The remotes have more buttons than before, but don’t worry, they are still simple to operate. The remotes can control different groups of shades throughout the house, so you will probably only need one remote for the whole house. These remotes can reach through the whole house as well. The remote is also able to stop a shade mid-command if you decide you want them to stop where they’re at. This is new to Hunter Douglas technology. It can make the vanes of the shades open or close one way or the other. Another fun new feature is the favorite button. It allows the shades to be programmed to a certain position, so when the favorite button is pressed, the shades automatically go to this position. Basically there isn’t a thing that shades on this operating system can’t do!
Using the app, you can do several different things. You can operate your shades from anywhere in the world. You can operate your shades at home without the use of a remote. You can create scenes of shades so that your shades operate on your schedule. There is a two-way communication between the shades and the app. The app will talk to the shades and tell it what to do, but the shades also tell the app important things. The shades will actually send a message to the app saying “help! my battery is low!”. Then you will know to change the batteries before they completely run out, which is very helpful. Using the app, the scenes can be personalized with different icons and colors. That makes operating them very simple. You can even set up the app so that your guests can activate their shades, but not all of the shades in the house. It also has a feature for kids that allows them to operate their shades much in the same way a guest would.
PowerView is the best operating system for window treatments yet. There are so many options and different products that it would practically be impossible to figure it all out without the help of a professional. At Florida Living Quarters, we enjoy going over all of your design options, especially window treatments. We work with licensed installers who can create a worry and hassle-free installation. We are very excited to be able to offer this fantastic new product to our clients. If this sounds like what you need in your home, please contact us today about scheduling a free in-showroom consultation. We will help you discover all of the amazing options that can make your day-to-day life easier.