Many folks are unaware of how vulnerable they are to UV solar radiation while indoors at home and at the office. Click here to learn more about how to increase your family’s health and safety.
When enjoying the outdoors, most of us take proper precautions to protect ourselves from the sun’s rays. We know to protect ourselves from the sun’s ultraviolet rays by:
- Using sunscreen to prevent sun burns and reduce the cancer-causing effects of UV rays
- Drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated
- Finding shade often enough to avoid sunstroke
- Using sunglasses that are UV blocking or polarized to keep our eyes safe
However, most people are under the incorrect assumption that they are completely safe from the sun’s rays just by heading indoors. The fact is that UV solar radiation while indoors at home and at the office needs to be addressed because untreated windows and glass doors will not offer you complete UV protection. That is because regular glass while being quite good at blocking UVB rays, does not block any UVA rays.
Window films successfully reject over 99% of harmful UVA and UVB radiation. Having these films installed in your home can keep all the occupants of your home safe. It can also save you thousands of dollars by saving your valuables from potential sun damage.
Just the facts…
Here are a few facts about indoor sun damage, provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation:
Untreated windows in our homes let ultraviolet radiation pass through unchecked. Sun exposure is cumulative. This means that being exposed to UV rays while indoors will significantly contribute to your daily levels of sun exposure. It could lead to photoaging and even skin cancer.
In addition to health concerns, most of the interior furnishings of your home are just as vulnerable to solar radiation as we are. UV rays that pass through glass can cause wood to dry out and crack. Fabrics can become frayed and damaged. The colours of your upholstery will fade. Over time, this damage accumulates and can not be reversed. Fortunately, blocking UV light from entering your home is a simple way to reduce this damage, while still letting in lots of natural light on the visible spectrum.
What do the experts say?
Many industry experts will say that fading can be completely prevented with window films. In reality, it can just be greatly reduced, minimized, and slowed down. It can’t be completely prevented because fading isn’t only caused by UV rays. Twenty-five percent of fading is caused by visible light, 25% by infrared heat, 40% by UV rays, and 10% by other environmental factors. Solar films are a great start in protecting your home furnishings by blocking the biggest cause of fading before it can enter your home.
Solar window films are engineered specifically to block over 99% of harmful rays. Installing these films can keep all the occupants of your home safe. They also help preserve the condition of your valuables and save you thousands of dollars in potential sun damage.
In addition to blocking ultraviolet radiation, solar window films reduce the amount of infrared light that enters your home. This means no more annoying hot spots and a huge reduction in energy consumption.
Take matters into your own hands
Rejecting UV rays with Solar Window Films makes your home safer, keeps your furnishings looking beautiful, and improves the overall insulation of your home. If you are interested in the benefits of solar window films, you can read in-depth about their benefits right here. Looking for a consultation or have any questions? We would love to chat, just give us a call or send us a message, we would be happy to hear from you.