BY ROSEMARY FETTER
Debbie Salazar is co-owner of Smart Life Audio Video
Although window treatments may not be the first thing you notice when you walk into a room, when properly designed and installed, they set the tone for a comfortable and inviting environment. Debbie Salazar, who is co-owner of Smart Life Audio Video, is an expert in the field, having been in the business for 18 years. She and her husband, Fernando, founded their own company in Castle Pines four years ago. Both are experts in home automation, and they can work together as a team or separately depending on the client’s needs. Fernando has a strong background in electronics and handles the audio video and lighting while Debbie’s forte is automated shades and customer service.
Home automation has come a long way in the past few years. Today’s automated designer shades are available in a myriad of designs that easily fit a home’s interior design. Quiet and smooth, they can regulate how much sun shines into a room at different times of day, protect furniture from UV rays, reduce heat buildup and lower utility costs, and even provide outdoor viewing without sacrificing privacy. According to recent studies, motorized shades and blinds are used up to seven times more often than traditional treatments.
‘People get confused about where to go for automated shades,” said Debbie. “We align ourselves with the best manufacturers, those who provide an excellent warranty. We use Lutron and Crestron, leaders in automated shades, wired or wireless. Shades from these two companies are only available to home automation specialists like us, not to interior designers or over the counter, because installation requires special training.
“These shades can work with other automation products such as lighting control and music. They can be operated by devices such as an iPhone, iPad or a hand-held switch. They can be preprogrammed to go up and down at a certain time of the day, which is a real deterrent to thieves when the owner is away on vacation or a business trip.
Co-owners, Fernando and Debbie Salazar relaxing with their sweet dog who accompanies them to work everyday.
“I recently had a customer who had a house with about 25 windows and it was her husband’s job to close the shades every night,” she added. “Imagine how much time that takes! After we installed the shades they both thanked me.”
“The real key to seeing what we have and what we can do for you is to come to our showroom for a demonstration,” she added. “We can evaluate your needs and discuss what you want to accomplish in a comfortable, casual setting. We look through our fabric books together to determine which would work for you or provide you with samples to decide on at home.
“Selecting the right shades can be challenging, but we put it all together to make it easy for our customers, and we won’t let you make a mistake,” she continued. “We select a fabric, measure your windows, order your shades (which takes about four weeks to deliver) and have our experienced technicians install them.
“We strongly value customer service,” she added. “Ours is a family business. We take our clients’ needs very seriously.”
To schedule an appointment with Debbie, call 303-544-2110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SmartLife is A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau Their store is located at 858 W. Happy Canyon Road #115, Castle Rock.
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