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March 17

Why Retrofit Smart Home Products Will Become The New Normal

Completely replacing older parts in your home in favor of new and smart products can be expensive, complicated, and time-consuming. Here at RYSE, we believe the future of the smart home is retrofit.

For products that are supposed to make your life simpler, getting smart home products ready for your home can be anything but simple.

But, lucky you!

There are now retrofit smart home products, like RYSE SmartShade, that make your life a lot easier.

Retrofitting simply means adding new features to older products, appliances, and other devices without having to replace them.

Here are the top 6 reasons we believe retrofit smart home products will become the new normal:

#1 Replacing is Time-Consuming 

Some smart home products like thermostats may have more functionality when they are completely replaced (luckily, in the case of motorizing window shades, SmartShade actually has more functionality than the traditional, replacement options) but most of these products require a very time-consuming installation. 

Routing cables through walls, ceilings, and across the entire home takes a long time and there is a lot of room for error. There is always the risk of not getting the product to work in the end! 

#2 Replacing is Costly

If replacing your entire home with new technology is something you aren’t comfortable doing yourself, you can always hire installers.

However, professional installation is a very expensive undertaking. Installers need to cut holes in your wall to make room for cabling and it doesn’t happen quickly.

You often have to clear everything out of the room during the installation, and if you have concrete walls in your home, the mess and time is doubled (if it can even be done at all!).

#3 Replacing is Wasteful

A forklift upgrade is a complete overhaul of a system (in this case, your home) where large and outdated technology is ripped out and replaced.

By simply throwing out all that old stuff you’re contributing to growing landfills. Throwing out electronics is particularly harmful to the environment.

If every home were to toss out their thermostats or old window shades in favor of technologically advanced and connected ones, poor ol’ Mother Nature is going to have quite the tummy ache!

#4 Retrofit is Simple

You don’t need to rebuild your house from the ground up to be on par with newer modern residences. With a simple add-on or small replacement, you get to completely avoid swapping out your trusty old home products.

It’s always easier to put something on your wall rather than inside of them and it’s always simpler (and cheaper) to be able to do it yourself!

Motorized window shades in particular are notorious for complex installations from wiring to tubular motors that just look bizarre. With something like AXIS Gear or RYSE SmartShade, you can use the chain or cord already on your shade to make them motorized and connected.

#5 Retrofit is Stylish

How so?

With retrofit products, you actually get to keep your style.

Traditionally, if you like the functionality of Smart Home technologies but not the look, you were out of luck. Now you have the luxury of being able to buy the things you like and to make them smart later on, all by yourself.

You get to keep your individual style, and who wouldn’t when decorating your home is such a strong and personal statement of who you are. Retrofit allows you to harness the power of new technology without sacrificing the charm of your home.

#6 Retrofit is Environmentally Friendly

Instead of having to throw out your entire fridge or set of window shades, you can simply upgrade it with a retrofit device to make it connected and upgraded.

Your vanilla thermostat or shades have evolved into cutting-edge equipment.

Best of all?

No waste and no harmful tummy ache for our pal Mother Nature. 


About the author

Trung Pham is the CEO and founder of RYSE, the company behind the next generation retrofit motorization product, SmartShades. Trung is also the co-founder of a rapidly growing entertainment app in Toronto.


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