Electrify the blinds: is it possible?
Electrificating a roller shutter is not only possible but technically very simple, because you need few tools, few materials and a minimum knowledge of the principles of electronics and electricity. All, sooner or later, we want to be able to simply control the shutter with a finger, instead of having to lift and descend the classic ribbon. Maybe we also dream of doing it remotely, without having to get up from the sofa, chair or bed. Going with order, they are all viable and feasible solutions with the inclusion of a small roller shutter motor, a mechanical power supply device capable of raising and lowering the shutter in a few seconds.
This operation undoubtedly gives further comfort and value to the home. The improvement can also be evaluated from the perspective of a renovation of the house or one apartment renovation, addressing companies that operate in the sector and requesting a online quote in a simple and fast way.
How to motorize a roller shutter and what are the costs of the systems
The roller shutter motor is the heart of the system, the mechanism around which the electrified system moves and acts. The motor is small, very compact and has the shape of a tube, a cylinder, with features similar to that of the roller around which the blind cover is wrapped in the traditional non-electrified version. To install the rolling shutter motor it is first necessary to untie the winding tape and then remove the roller with the original pulley, which will be replaced by the new roller.
The installation procedure inside the box is quite simple: the only thing you need to have to do everything to work properly is the power supply. The motor, in fact, is generally located on one side of the bar, more precisely on the end of the same, which must therefore be inserted from the part where the connections for the power supply are located. The utmost attention must also be paid to leveling the roller, which must be perfectly level so that the roller shutter rewinds correctly. Once all the elements have been properly fixed, the electric shutter is ready to be used.
Obviously it is necessary to carry out some tests before starting the mechanism at full capacity, but it takes just a few minutes to have an electrified shutter, which can be controlled simply with a phase inverter, which can be purchased for just a few euros at any DIY store and do it yourself. The most advanced models of motors for roller shutters are equipped with a smart electronic control unit equipped with radio control.
This device allows you to manage the shutter even remotely with a simple remote control: nothing simpler, therefore, like a normal home air conditioner, to give an example. Obviously, the phase switch and the radio control can easily coexist, indeed, for convenience and better functionality it would be desirable for both to be included in the installation phase if a motor with radio control unit was purchased.
In electrified shutters it is also possible to mount the end-of-stroke device, ie the system that allows the maximum height of the shutter to be adjusted automatically. The limit switch can be electronic or mechanical but the operation does not change, it is always the same.
How do electric shutters work?
We have seen how simple it is to install a roller shutter motor so as to electrify and automate the system, but how electric shutters work? Their operation is rather intuitive, both with the radio control and with the phase inverter. The two controls that govern the electric shutter are exclusively the "up" and the "down" to lower and raise the sheet. By operating the switch, this sends the electrical impulse corresponding to the motor that turns in the direction indicated, performing the desired action.
In the case of the radio remote control, the same occurs, with the difference that the command is not mechanical but occurs by sending radio waves, which usually have a range of a few meters. By operating the pulley, in its rotating action, the roller wraps the shutter or unwinds it. In the classic switches, it is possible to block the ascent of the sheet to the desired height, simply by returning to the starting point of the switch. In push-button models, since it is necessary to hold down to operate the system, when the desired height is reached, it is sufficient to lift the finger, as happens in the radio remote controls.
What are the advantages of rolling shutter motorization?
Starting from the assumption that the assembly of a roller shutter motor, besides being very simple, is also very economical, i advantages of electronics they are numerous and certainly appreciated. The first, the most obvious, is comfort: being able to raise and lower the shutter without physical effort, even if minimal, is undoubtedly priceless, but being able to do it even while sitting down, simply by pressing a button on the radio control, is even more .
The undeniable aesthetic advantage of the system is not to be underestimated either, because by eliminating the external mechanical webbing, the wall appears immediately cleaner and more orderly and a considerable space is also recovered, which previously could not be used. This system is perfect for the elderly in terms of practicality: at a certain age, even lifting a roller shutter can become a burden but in this way it helps to keep them a decent home autonomy even in small things, which on a psychological level is very important.
Furthermore, it is also possible to centralize the opening and closing of the shutters in a single electronic control unit, which allows to simultaneously operate all the sheets to considerably reduce the times when they must be opened or closed. The motorization of the shutters has a very low management cost, almost irrelevant in the domestic economy and the duration of the system, if properly used and maintained, is very high.
What are the costs for rolling shutter motorization?
After evaluating the feasibility and advantages, everyone asks how much does a rolling shutter motorization system cost? and the answer is very simple: very little. With an expense lower than 100 € it is possible to buy all the elements to install and use the motorized shutters. Moreover, between the electric models with electronic control unit and the traditional ones with wire there is a minimum difference, less than 20 €.
Relying on experts in the field, it is possible to carry out this operation also in the context of a complete renovation or partial. Obviously, it is necessary to assess which system is the most suitable for one's own home, but it is certainly not difficult to identify the one most suited to individual needs. The advantages are numerous: why deprive yourself of similar comfort?
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