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Motorized shades protect beautiful Lake Michigan home

Motorized Shades installed by Bekins

Any home that looks out over the beautiful dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline will obviously use large windows to maximize the view. However, large amounts of sun can fade your carpet and furniture inside the home. Our Electronics Integration team recently completed a project that shows many of the ways we can improve your home. It especially displays the importance of motorized shades to protect your carpet and furniture from the sun.

This home features Lutron shades that can also be controlled by Crestron automation. The homeowners control their shades through a dedicated panel on the wall or a tablet, like an iPad.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE SUN DAMAGE

Our project managers say they have seen homes really affected by the sun. One project manager described a home that had a bleach-white rug. He thought that was the color they chose, until someone moved a table to reveal its original color.

Luckily this smart home along the shores of West Michigan has not suffered any ill effects from sun’s UV rays. With no trees, or really anything to protect it from the sun, our team immediately noticed the importance of motorized shades.

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DIFFERENT ROOMS – DIFFERENT MOTORIZED SHADES

With dunes between the home and Lake Michigan, this West Michigan smart home built its first three floors to support the top floor. The fourth floor houses the most square footage because it hosts the best view, looking out over the dunes and the lake.

Other spots in the home had shades mounted either above or inside the window. However, mounting inside the window blocks a small portion of the view.

The shades on the fourth floor were incorporated into the crown molding, so you can’t see them until they drop down. This option does not take away a single inch of the beautiful view.

We offer blackout shades that completely block out the sun. However, the top floor features sheer shades. This option allows you to still see the shoreline a little, but it still protects the furniture and carpet.

We also offer an option to have both sheer and blackout shades on the same window.

Motrized shades installed by Bekins along Lake Micihgan
Lakeview living room with motorized shades up.
Lakeview living room with motorized shades down

TEST LUTRON SHADES IN OUR SHOOWROOM

Do you know a great way to see sheer and blackout shades? Visit our showrooms. That is one of many motorized shades you can test. Talk to our experts about Lutron as well, they offer a variety of styles to fit almost every home and decor.

what can our internationally-acclaimed electronics team do for your home?

Colorful Ranges By KitchenAid

Colorful ranges by KitchenAid at Bekins

In a world dominated by black, white and stainless steel; KitchenAid offers a few more colorful ranges.

COLORFUL RANGE OPTIONS BY KITCHENAID

KitchenAid offers ranges with stainless steel, black stainless, imperial black and imperial white. They also give customers three more unique color options on select ranges:

COBALT BLUE

SIGNATURE RED

MISTY BLUE

Colorful Ranges by KitchenAid. Get Cobalt Blue at Bekins.
Colorful ranges by KitchenAid. Get Signature Red at Bekins.
Colorful ranges by KitchenAid. Get Misty Blue at Bekins.

** Want a very unique look? Bekins sells, installs and repairs appliances from Chateau, La Corneu, Aga and Heartland. **

TEST A VARIETY OF RANGES IN OUR SHOWROOM

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The Big Screen To Get For The Big Game

Are you Super Bowl ready? Big Screen TV

BIG SCREEN FOR THE BIG GAME

The biggest viewing event of the year is about two weeks away. Thinking about getting a new big screen to host a viewing party for the big game?

What should you look for?

  • PROCESSING SPEED: The picture looks more clear when the TV can process all of its information quicker.
  • CONTRAST: The world is filled with shades of colors. The darker and brighter the TV, the more shades you will see. That makes the picture look more realistic.
  • SIZE: The more your eyes have to move, the more immersed you become in the viewing experience.

try a SONY X900F TV

Digital Trends says “nobody beats Sony at the processing game.”  Their X-1 Ultimate Processor and their X-Motion clarity make every moment beautifully clear.

The X900F also reveals details with 4K HDR contrast, Dolby Vision and their X-tended Dynamic Range Pro.

Finally, you can get a Sony X900F as big as 85 inches. That is likely bigger than what most people currently have in their home.

SEE A VARIETY OF BIG SCREENS IN OUR SHOWROOM

Big Screen For The Big Game - Bekins Blog

Replacing Your Appliance Light Bulb

Replacing your appliance light bulbs - Bekins Repair Service

COMMON APPLIANCE LIGHT BULB MISTAKE

Our repair technicians see a variety of issues and we always want to help our customers avoid an easy mistake. Appliance light bulbs seem rather simple to change, but we have seen a small mistake result in a big repair bill.

What mistake do we see the most? Someone wants to change out a light bulb on their appliance, but they want a brighter bulb so they install one with a higher wattage.

The new bulb forces the control board or transformer on the appliance to fail and even burn out other components.

Consult your Use and Care Guide to install the manufacturer-recommended voltage and wattage.

Appliance Light Bulbs - Bekins Service Blog

HANDLING YOUR APPLIANCE LIGHT BULBs

We also see another common problem. People mishandle their appliance light bulbs when they install a new one.

Halogen bulbs must be handled carefully and kept clean. Even touching the glass with clean fingers can leave enough oil residue to create a problem. The residue creates a hot spot which shortens the life of the bulb.

Any bulb should be handled with a clean cloth, tissue or clean gloves.

NEED SOME CLARITY?

Again, we always recommend you consult the Use and Care Guide for your appliance. If you have further questions, feel free to call 616-288-1020 and ask for our Service Department. Click here if you want to schedule a repair service.

Bekins Appliance Repair - Energy Star

Visit Bekins At The Remodeling And New Homes Show In Grand Rapids

Bekins at the 2019 Remodeling and New Homes Show

Are you, or someone you know, visiting the Remodeling and New Homes Show this weekend? Say hello to the Bekins staff! We will have electronics along with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances on display at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

The show will feature more than 200 local companies and runs:

  • Friday January 11: Noon-9pm
  • Saturday January 12: 10am-9pm
  • Sunday January 13: 11am-5pm

Tickets for the show are $8 if you buy them online, $10 if you buy them at the door. Tickets for children ages 6-14 are only $4.

Ask our staff any questions about appliances or electronics as you plan to build or remodel your home.

Photos From THIS year’s remodeling and new homes show