Protect Your Home, Yourself From Sun Exposure
When outdoors in the summertime, most people are aware of the dangers of sun exposure and do what they can to protect themselves. On cloudy days, however— and even more so when we’re indoors— we tend to think we are safe from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, but this is a dangerous misconception.
As it turns out, even in the comfort of our own homes we are not safe from the harmful effects of the sun. Ultraviolet rays can penetrate clouds and glass. This means that when you’re standing at the kitchen sink, looking through the window at your yard, no matter what the weather is like, you’re at risk for exposure to UV ray damage.
Two Types of UV Rays
Your windows will block UVB rays on their own. These are the intense sun rays that can give you a sunburn, but they’re not nearly as prevalent as UVA rays. UVA rays are present during all daylight hours year-round and can cause premature skin aging, skin cancer, and serious eye damage.
If you need proof, take a look at the backside of your curtains, the back of a chair, hardwood floors, or any furniture that faces a window. Notice the fading that has occurred over the years. If your favorite place to sit is in that chair by the window, your skin and eyes could be suffering the same sun damage.
Eighty-five percent of melanomas and about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are related to exposure to the sun without protecting your skin. It breaks down the Vitamin A in your skin, damaging your skin cells and collagen, which leads to the premature aging of the skin. The sun’s sneaky UVA rays can also cause debilitating eye conditions, like cataracts and macular degeneration.
Therefore, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that we adopt year-round protection from UV rays. This includes seeking shade, wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, and a broad-spectrum of sunscreen every day. An easy way to add UV inhibitors to your home is by having a solar window film installed on your home.
Solar Window Film’s Role in Protecting Your Health
Solar Guard’s selection of Panorama window films has the ability to block 99% of harmful UVA rays. Having the strength and effectiveness of these high-performance window films installed in your home is like wearing SPF 285!
Benefits of Window Tinting for Comfort and Protection
So now that we know about the safety benefits window tinting adds for you, let’s talk about how to protect your furniture. When you get new living room furniture, you want to do everything you can to prolong its life. This includes protecting your furniture from the sun and its harmful UV rays.
Luckily, there are some great ways to protect your new furniture from UV damage, which can prematurely age and fade the fabric on your wonderful new couch or chair. Read on for some great tips:
- Choose a window covering to reduce the UV rays. If you don’t mind reducing the amount of light coming into the house, you can simply choose a light-filtering shade, such as an inexpensive cell shade. This will allow light in your home but still block out the damaging rays.
- Update the windows themselves. If you are in the market for a more radical change, you can update your windows. Window glass can be made that blocks UV rays while still allowing visible light to come through your home. Laminated glass and UV-blocking coated glass can filter anywhere from 95 to 99% of all UV light.
- Install window tints or films. If you’d like to block the damaging UV rays while still enjoying the beauty of natural sunlight, a protective window film is a better solution. When you use a high-quality window film, your furniture and the other surfaces in your home will not become prematurely faded.
Unfortunately, upholstery isn’t the only kind of furniture at risk from sun damage. Wood is very susceptible to sun wear and tear. Besides regular oiling or waxing to maintain the look of your hardwood floors, consider the effects of UV light on these veneers and what a UV guard window film can do for you.
Natural, direct sunlight is the most harmful form of light for wood surfaces. Ultraviolet rays have a bleaching effect that will cause the natural color of your wood to fade. In addition, UV light damages finish such as stain or paint. Dark colors turn to lighter colors in direct sunlight, and white paint turns yellow.
Do you have questions about whether window film is right for your Portland, Oregon home? Give us a call. We’d be happy to answer your questions. In addition to protective window film, we also offer decorative window film for your bathroom mirrors and films to obscure bathroom windows or glass showers for extra privacy.