Are You Underestimating Your Sun Exposure?

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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 UV radiation, 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 UV damage.

UVA and UVB 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 back side of your curtains, the back of a chair, or any furniture that faces a window and 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.

The Health Risks of Sun Exposure

Eighty-five percent of melanomas and about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are related to UV radiation exposure. 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 a year-round sun protection regimen, which includes seeking shade, wearing UV blocking sunglasses and a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, and having solar window film installed on your home.

Solar window film can help stop UVA rays from damaging your skin, your eyes, and your home’s interior.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has vouched for a few brands of solar window film by awarding its Seal of Recommendation. Panorama window films, among others granted with the seal, have been proven to provide users with safe and effective protection from UV radiation.

Solar Window Film’s Role in Protecting Your Health

Solar Gard’s selection of Panorama window films have the ability 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!

Take advantage of the health benefits of solar window film today! Contact Pacific Window Tinting by email, or call us at 503-736-9000.