Excess UV exposure is one of the leading causes of major health problems such as premature skin aging, actinic keratosis, cataracts, and even skin cancer. It can also cause furniture, flooring, and art to age prematurely, as UV rays break down chemical bonds and fade color.
If you think that you’re protected from harmful UV rays within the confines of your own home, think again. If UV rays can pass through clouds, rain, and fog, they can certainly penetrate unprotected windows. So even on days when you can't see the sun or feel its heat, sun protection is still very much needed. The good news is that excess UV exposure is highly preventable. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your home.
According to the International Ultraviolet Association, standard window glass does not fully protect you and your home against UV exposure. Therefore, you can still be affected indoors. Thankfully, UV resistant glass windows are made up of two panes of glass that act as a sunscreen for your house, blocking damaging UV rays while still allowing light to enter.
Block the hot, glaring sun and its UV rays from walls, windows, and sliders before they penetrate your home. A dense awning can block 90% of UV rays, plus keep the inside of your home cooler.
Placing shades or blinds over your windows can help stop harsh UV rays from creeping through windows while adding style and shade in your home. Curtains also work great.
Consider installing blackout curtains as a window treatment option. Not only do they only stop sunlight but they also reduce UV exposure and lower your energy costs.
Window films are a cost-efficient way to effectively block up to 99% of UV rays. They can significantly reduce excessive heat, increase privacy, prevent glare, enhance security, and protect you and your home interior.