Indoor Sun Protection
Summer is in full swing. Here at Tekton, we’ve been playing hard, enjoying the summer sun in all it’s glory, as well as working hard to help protect Canadians from too much UV exposure.
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 even while indoors, 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 oUVA 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, and save you thousands of dollars by saving your valuables from potential sun damage.
Here are a few facts about indoor sun damage, provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation:
Untreated window in our homes let ultraviolet radiation pass through unchecked. Sun exposure is cumulative, meaning that being exposed to UV rays while indoors will significantly contribute to your daily levels of sun exposure, and could lead to photoaging and even skin cancer.
In addition to the health concerns, most of the interior furnishings of your home are just as vulnerable to solar radiation as we are. UV rays that are reflected into your home or enter it directly cause wood to dry out and crack, fabrics to become frayed and damaged, and the colours of your upholstery to fade. Over time, this damage accumulates and 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.
Many industry experts will say that fading can be completely prevented with window films, but 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. 25% of fading is caused by visible light, 25% by infrared heat, 40% by UV rays, and 10% from 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, while helping preserve the condition of your valuables and saving 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.