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Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

We’re answering some of our FAQ to acquaint you better with our products, services, and showroom. If we haven’t answered something you’ve been thinking about. We’d like to hear from you. Leave us a message on our blog or call us!

1.  Does Arjay’s Window Fashions service my area?  We serve Ventura, Santa Barbara, & Los Angeles Counties and all of the surrounding cities.

2.  Where is your showroom?  Our new & improved showroom is located at: 5917 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, CA  93003.

3.  Do you come to me or do I need to visit your showroom? You can visit our showroom or we will have a design consultant come to your home or office; our service includes  complementary design and a complete turn-key program where we manage every phase of your window covering project from design to the completed application.

4 What are your showroom hours?  We are open Monday through Friday – 9:00am to 5:30pm and Saturday by appointment.

5.  Does it cost to have an in-home consultation? Not at all! Our consultations are always complimentary. And, we are proud to say that we have the finest and most knowledgeable and experienced decorators in the business.

6.  How long has Arjay’s Window Fashions been in business? We’ve been in business since 1975 and our owners have over 40 years of window coverings experience!

7.  How do your products and services compare to other window covering dealers? We specialize in designing high quality treatments that bring beauty, privacy, improved comfort and energy efficiency to windows by installing shutters, blinds, shades, and award-winning draperies. In addition to offering all of the major name brands, we also carry interesting products from smaller boutique manufacturers, as well as sustainable green products that provide healthy window coverage for your family. Arjay’s has the capacity to motorize your window treatments and either remotely control those treatments with hand-held or wall mounted switches; or integrate the window treatments into a new or existing home automation system. We have factory trained Somfy & Lutron technicians on staff.

8.  Do you have financing available? Yes, we do! Our financing program allows for minimum monthly payments and no interest for a year.

9.  Is it true that window coverings can help lower my energy bills? Yes, it is. We have trained personnel who can offer professional advise to help you understand energy savings.

10. What makes Arjay’s Window Fashions a leader in the window treatment industry?  Arjay’s Window Fashions is committed to constant growth and improvement, committed to on-going product knowledge development, committed to employ the finest personnel, and committed to humanitarian efforts in our communities!

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Showroom: 5917 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, CA  93003 Voice: 805.642.2300 or 818.341.6330

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Window Treatments That Reduce Energy Consumption

 

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Installing the correct window treatments can reduce energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings, providing a remarkable opportunity to reduce both air conditioning and heating bills.  The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that consumers can reduce solar heat gain by over 70% in the summer and heat loss by up to 25% in the winter by installing the proper window treatments.  Although glass is a remarkable building material that allows us to borrow ambient sunlight to light our interiors while seeing the world around us from inside our homes & offices – it is a very poor insulator.  In fact, it is widely understood in the architectural and engineering community that glass is the weak link in the chain when considering heat loss and gain in a building. Building designers also know that the proper selection of window treatments will have a substantial impact on comfort and energy consumption in their designs. In addition to reducing energy consumption, selecting the proper window treatments can literally provide building occupants a better quality of life.  There have been a number of studies that confirm that natural daylight has long term and important positive health effects and that natural light can actually contribute to healing diseases. An important part of the design strategy in improving window performance, especially in our climate, is to reduce sunlight penetration while enhancing daylight.  Sunlight is what you see when you are facing the sun, daylight is what you see when the sun is at your back.

When considering heat gain through your windows there are two different sources of heat to consider and it is critical to ascertain which source is causing the problem [or it could be both sources], but one has nothing to do with the other.  We often see window treatment solutions employed that actually have aggravated a heat gain situation making it worse.  Direct sunlight that is striking glass is referred to as “Direct Solar Heat Gain” and temperature differential [the outside air temperature vs. the inside temperature] is called “Conducted Heat Gain”. When developing systems to reduce solar gain through windows and glass, products that are installed outside the glass should be absorbers and shade the glass.  However when installing products inside the glass they should be reflectors and reflect sunlight back out through the glass.  When the goal is to reduce conducted heat gain, it is important that products be installed with low U-factors or high R-values and that they be installed properly to reduce airflow around the product.  The reference to U-factors [the rate of heat flow] or R-values [the resistance to heat flow] simply means that the products provide better thermal resistance to heat passing through them.  For more detailed information about how light and heat move through glass go to the article Improving Fenestration Performance.
Arjay’s Window Fashions offers a number of different products and design strategies that can improve window and glass performance by rejecting solar heat gain in the summer, slowing heat loss in the winter and evening; and converting direct sunlight through sun-struck windows to diffused natural daylight.  The sun can be controlled by exterior shades, awnings; as well as by interior products that reflect solar heat back out through the glass.  Most all of these products are operable [both manually & by motorization] so that solar heat can be reduced when it is undesirable or allowed to penetrate the building when additional heat is welcome. Cold spots and heat-loss at windows can be controlled with products that provide thermal insulating properties like cellular shades and thermally lined draperies.  Even keeping standard shades and blinds closed in the evening can reduce heat loss and help in reducing utility bills.  Please see some of the product examples below and learn how they can be applied to improve the performance of your windows.

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Showroom: 5917 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, CA 93003

Voice: 805.642.2300 or 818.341.6330

Do you have a question about window treatments that reduce energy consumption that you’d like us to answer? If so, leave us a comment.

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