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5 Energy Efficient Home Improvements To Consider

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These days, it seems like everyone in Los Angeles is looking for ways to make their home more energy efficient. Whether you want to improve the insulation around your house or you’d like to install energy efficient shades and blinds in each room of your home, there are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. The truth is, many people want to do everything they can to conserve energy because it is better for the environment, and it can help save them money in the long run. In this blog, we’ll look at five energy-efficient home improvements to consider for your home.

At Arjay’s Window Fashions, we’re proud to be a leading provider of window treatments throughout Los Angeles county. Whether you’re looking for shutters, blinds, or shades, our window treatment specialists can help you find the perfect options for your needs and budget. Check out our testimonials online or contact us today to schedule your complimentary appointment!
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Improve The Insulation In Your Home

One of the best ways to ensure your structure is energy efficient is to check your buildings insulation. During the cold winter months, your home may be letting out heat if you don’t have the proper insulation. If your home wasn’t constructed with the proper insulation techniques in mind, there’s a good chance you’re wasting an exorbitant amount of energy on your heating and cooling bills without even knowing it!

Replace Old Windows

If you live in an old home or you’ve started to notice that the windows in your home don’t insulate as well as they used to, it may be time to replace your windows. Most older window frames are not as energy efficient as the new ones, and there are a variety of models and styles to choose from. Double-pane windows and other vinyl frames are normally a much better option than just a single-pane window or aluminum frame. If replacing your windows is out of the question, you may want to consider adding window treatments to help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

If you live in Calabasas or Malibu and you’re looking for window treatments including shades, shutters, and blinds, be sure to contact the professionals at Arjay’s Window Fashions today. We offer a variety of services including energy-efficient treatments and motorization, and we would love to help you find the best window treatment for your home.

Switch To Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

With the recent advances in modern technology, thousands of homeowners across California are actively looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. If you’re home is filled with incandescent light bulbs, switching over to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) or LED light bulbs can make a world of a difference. Let’s take a look at the differences between these two light sources below:

  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs – These light bulbs typically use 25-35 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. These light bulbs can fit into a standard light socket without an adaptor, and some models are even available with dimmable options. With an average lifespan of 10,000 to 15,000 hours, a CFL bulb is four times more energy efficient than a regular, incandescent bulb.
  • LED Light Bulbs – Also known as a light-emitting diode, LED lights are among the best lighting option for homes and businesses. The normal lifespan of these bulbs is approximately 25,000 to 35,000 hours, which means it can last two to four times longer than a CFL bulb. LEDs also have other advantages over CFLs, like the fact that they can withstand extreme temperatures,and they do not contain the toxic ingredient known as mercury.

Unplug Electronics That Are Not In Use

If you’re like most Los Angeles homeowners, you tend to leave your home electronics plugged in all day. From your iPad to your desktop computer, you probably never think about the cost of keeping these items plugged in as you go to work, run errands, and catch a workout class at the gym. As additional technologies continue to invade the American household, they are seldom unplugged or powered down, which can lead to a rise in your energy bills.

Install A Tankless Water Heater

If your home’s water heater has a 12-year warranty and it’s been in service for 15, it may be time to invest in a more energy efficient model. Depending on how much how water you use on a daily basis and how you’re heating your water (gas, oil, or electricity), there are many types of water heaters to choose from. Among the most common type of water heater is the storage tank version, which consists of an insulated tank in which water is heated and stored until needed. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, use coils to heat the water as you need it, so there’s no need to waste energy heating and storing warm water. These are a great option for people looking to save money on their energy bills, as they can heat water directly without the use of a storage tank.

You can cut your electricity bills in half by setting the temperature of your water heater to warm settings (which can be anywhere between 120°F – 130°F). When it comes to washing your clothes and dishes, you won’t need water that is warmer than that. Another tip is to invest in low-flow fixtures for your showers and baths.

As you can see, there are many energy-efficient home improvements you can make on your home. Whether you decide to switch out all of your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, or you install a tankless water heater in your laundry room, there are a variety of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

At Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura, we’re proud to offer energy-efficient window treatments to residents and business owners throughout California. We offer a number of different products and design strategies that can improve your home’s window performance including outdoor blinds, awnings, honeycomb blinds, and roller shades.

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Choosing the Perfect Curtain Rod

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One of the most aesthetically pleasing options that you have when it comes to window treatments are curtains. We’ve covered them plenty in our blog, and that’s because they’re easily one of the best choices that someone can make when they’re looking to add some flair to a room.

Aside from the fun texture and color that you can incorporate with curtains, the hardware that is used to keep them up and hanging is another fantastic area that you’re able to get some style points in.

Color

Color is one of the many positive attributes that this window treatment has, and it doesn’t stop at the fabric choices that you’re able to select from. One of the smaller color details that you’ll be able to choose from will be the hardware that you’re going to use to hang them.

When you’re shopping around to find the curtain rod that will best suit your home, you’ll see that there are so many different types to choose from, the color really is just one more element that you’ll have the freedom of selecting. From standard colors like a silver and gold to unique colors like copper and off-white, you can find a curtain rod that will fit into the aesthetic of your home and will complement the look that you’re going for.

Shape

Most rods will come in the standard style of a rod, so it’ll go straight across. However, there are some rods that will add some fun curves or zig-zags in the rod in order to make it a unique rod. One of the things that you will be able to choose from will be the little detailing at the end of the rod. They have a variety of finials that you can choose from.

The most common shape that we see on curtain rods are balls, but there are different ones that you can choose from to make the look of your room come full circle. Whether you’re looking for a rustic touch, or something a little more modern, we can guarantee that you’ll find something that spikes an interest and fits into your design.

Length

Depending on the window that you have, and the look that you are hoping to achieve, you will be able to choose from a variety of curtain rods, all of the various lengths. A number of curtains that you want to add to your window may play a part in the length of the rod that you’d like to use.

If you’re not sure what type of look you want to go for, you will still have the ability to switch them out as desired, so it isn’t something that needs to be finalized. All of the finials that are available should fit the standard rod.

If you’re looking for high-quality drapes to add into your home, Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura are the people to turn to. Call us today and we’ll help you schedule an appointment to get a full consultation on your custom window treatments.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing Treatments for a Bedroom

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Your bedroom is your sanctuary after a long day at work. When you’re able to sleep in on Saturday mornings, this is the place that you’ll do it. It’s one of the most intimate rooms of a house and it is the one space that you can let develop into anything that you’d like it to be.

Given that all of these things are true, something that you’ll want to make sure you do is invest time into finding the best window treatment for your room. While you may know what type of styling you like and what types of colors you would ideally have, they may not be the best option for your bedroom.

At Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura, there are a variety of materials, styles, and colors that we offer, which makes it easy to find the right fit for each individual room in your home. One of the mistakes that people make all too often is choosing the same window treatment for every room in the home. Here are some things that you’ll want to specifically consider when looking for a treatment, for your bedroom. Unless of course, you still don’t want even the slightest bit of light entering your room, in which case you can stick with those thicker materials.

How You Sleep

Having control of natural lighting is a goal that all window treatments aim to help achieve, but the amount of lighting in your room is much different than the amount of lighting in your kitchen. The main reason behind this is pretty obvious: you sleep in your bedroom. Depending on if you’re an early riser, or if you like to take advantage of the opportunity to sleep in, you’ll be looking for different thickness levels with your window treatments.

If you’re a light sleeper, and you enjoy having a dark space to sleep in, then the last thing that you’re going to want are thin window treatments that can’t keep the sun out. That means that those thinner treatments, like roman shades, won’t be the best fit. They can certainly be the perfect style for rooms like your kitchen or your living room, but if dark is what you want, then you should definitely go with something thicker.

With that being said, take note as to which direction your bedroom window is facing. There’s a chance it might be on a side of the house facing away from the sun in the morning, in which case you can still enjoy thinner window treatments because the sun will never be creeping into your windows given the direction it faces.

Material

We’ve touched on how the material that you choose for your window treatments can make a difference to the overall feel of the room that you’re adding them to. For example, our recent post dove into the ways that you can add drapes to a room when you’re looking to create a soft and gentle feeling in a room. This is definitely something that you’re going to want to consider in your bedroom since it should be a place where you can feel relaxed and calm.

This is one of the scenarios where doubling up on window treatments is a fantastic option! By pairing durable and thick window treatments like wooden blinds, with softer fashions like blinds, can provide you with the best of both worlds.

Maintenance

Again, your bedroom is a place that you want to feel at home and comfortable in, so the last thing that you really want is to walk into a room and immediately notice that the window treatments are dirty or look bad. Consider the amount of work that you’re going to have to do in a space that you will be spending every day in.

Blinds are one of the more common options for bedrooms, but honestly, shutters or drapes make for a fantastic pairing in a bedroom and are some that offer quite a bit of a control and very little maintenance.

The choices that you make with your window treatments are ultimately going to come down to what makes sense to you and your home. Where we can help is working with you to figure out which priorities you have that need to be met, and then giving you the options that will best suit them.

One of the things that you can always count on from Arjay’s is for us to come through with custom blinds or high-quality window treatments that will ensure your home looks great. If you’re interested in learning more about the window treatments that we offer or you’d like to schedule a consultation with a member of our team. We love being able to add some of those finishing touches to the interior of your home, call us today and we’ll get started.

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Windows That Might Require Custom Blinds

There are so many homes now that have windows in places that add a unique touch to a home. These windows can come in different shapes, sizes, and be installed in some unusual places, and while they definitely do add a unique touch to a home, they can make it so incredibly difficult to find window coverings that work. Arjay’s Window Fashions know that while you may have found a home you love, and these windows are definitely a part of it, you still want to have some control over the sunlight that comes in and the privacy that window coverings can provide, and that’s why we offer custom blinds.

Our blog post today is going to go over some of the places that we have installed custom blinds. For some people, they may know exactly which window in their home is going to need custom blinds, but for others, the spaces that you might feel need blinds the most might feel like impossible options.

Large Windows

Most homes now have windows that are up higher. One of the first windows that come to mind are those that are placed often in living room spaces, such as living rooms, often above the fireplace. These windows are strategically placed to give off the feeling that the ceilings are higher and the room is larger than it actually is. Both of these are tremendous benefits, but they can also cause some frustration with unwanted sunlight. While these windows may be large and so high that you can’t even begin to imagine what the pull string would look like, they are in fact things you can do in regards to window coverings.

Custom blinds to fit the window are an option, and we can take care of them. We’ll work out the size of the window that you have and determine what type of material is going to be the best option for the size and height of the window, for ultimate functionality. After that, we will talk about options in regards to mechanical windows. This is a great option when windows are pretty high, and a draw string might be a little unrealistic. As a team, we will work with you to determine which of these options will be the best for you and the window in your home.

Narrow Windows

Another example of windows that might need custom blinds are the narrow windows throughout your home. These are the windows that can add height to a room as well, but they’re usually smaller than the average size that mini blinds are made in, but too small for narrow window fashions like plantation shutters. If you are not interested in having drapes as the only option for these types of windows, then you can rest easy knowing that we also make custom blinds for windows of this size.

With these windows, there’s usually not much else to consider other than the width and height that might be slightly different than your standard window. We can always visit the other options in regards of materials, colors and mechanical functionality, if that is something that you would like to have in your home.

Kitchen Windows

Whether it’s a window over the sink or a few different windows that you have behind the eating area, the last thing that you want is to worry about drapes dragging on the floor or any water clinging to them if they’re over the sink. One of the best options that you can have are custom blinds. These windows are usually wider than others so they can be a little difficult to fit, unless you have a reliable team that is knowledgeable with creating custom blinds that fit your windows perfectly.

This is another area where we’ll be able to provide you with plenty of options so that you feel comfortable and happy with the way your windows look in the end.

If you are ready to have windows that you fall in love with and leave your home looking incredible, you can count on Arjay’s Window Fashions to have them. Custom blinds are one of our specialties and we promise to work diligently with you so that you are fully aware of all your options and end up with window fashions that you perfectly fit into the aesthetics and design of your home.

Make sure to keep up with our blog space so that you can learn about different opportunities that you have for custom window fashions and details that you might need to consider while choosing the blinds for your home. We promise to provide you with all of the things that you need to consider so that there aren’t any surprises and so that you feel taken care of throughout the process. Call to schedule a consultation with a member of our team today.

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Types of Damage Window Treatments Can Get

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Through the rough patches of natural weather, to the different accidents that can happen just by a chance of bad luck, it’s not uncommon that we have to think about replacing the exterior parts of our house. For instance, the fast hit of a golf ball can easily lead to some window replacements, the same way that a huge hail storm can require repairs for your roof and deck. While these are the more commonly required repairs, there is a chance that your window treatments could require full replacements as well. Here are a few of the signs of damage that you may notice and how they happen.

Warping

This particular type of damage happens most commonly to vinyl mini blinds. It’s not because the treatment itself is weak or flimsy, but the material itself can be effected by the sun if they go beyond the standard time for replacing. When the sun hits mini blinds day after day, especially on the days where temperatures get extremely high, the blinds react by having their molecules spread out, which leaves them warped. This isn’t a huge issue when it first starts happening, but over time you’ll see that there the slats slowly become more and more warped. Eventually, they don’t leave you with any control over the amount of light that comes into your house but they also lose all of the efficiency that they provide to your home.

There isn’t much that you can do to improve this situation, simply because the slats themselves cannot be replaced unless they are entirely restrung and restructured, which would take quite a bit of time and the understanding of the construction of your blinds. If your blinds are warped, then it’s time to replace them with new ones entirely.

Discoloration

Unfortunately, discoloration can happen to just about every type of window treatment. This is nearly impossible to avoid because it happens when the sun comes through the window. The only real way to avoid this is through window treatments that minimize the rays of the sun coming through, or by having some form of coverage from the sun, outside of the window. When the sun hits the window treatments, it fades the color and can quickly age the material that the treatment is made out of.

This is another tough one to fix. Depending on the material, it can be impossible. In regards to drapes or mini blinds, there’s no real way to fix them from discoloration or fading, and it’s better to invest in a replacement. If you have plantation shutters, whether they be wood or painted, you can improve the look with a good staining or painting job, though, depending on how faded they are, you might want to look into other window treatments to see what they offer.

Cracks

There is one specific type of window treatment that we’re talking about with cracks, and it’s film. There is no doubt that film is a fantastic option when you want to enjoy the view from your window without putting too much of a treatment up. When installed correctly, you shouldn’t have to worry about bubbles forming or any cracks just from the installation, however, as the film passes on through years there is a chance of it bubbling from the heat or cracking. This shouldn’t happen unless the film has been on for a while, or if there has been a purposeful action done to scratch the film.

This isn’t something that will create a huge issue, considering the film is used to block the rays of the sun from coming in, and not as much related to insulation. However, this is an issue that is going to need to full replacement if you’re going to eliminate it. Because the film is so tightly secured to your window, there’s no real way to patch it otherwise that isn’t going to be more noticeable than the crack itself.

If you need to replace the damaged window treatments in your home, you can count on Arjay’s Window Fashions to have the perfect fit. Call our office today and let us help you with scheduling an appointment so that we can sit down with you and go over a few of your options and any new window treatments that might also be a good fit. We serve the surrounding Ventura area with these high-quality window treatments, so make sure to call today and get your appointment secured.

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