UV rays or ultraviolet radiation can be very harmful. It is why you put on sunscreen when you go to the beach or for a hike and most people are familiar with its harmful effects. What many people do not know is that UV rays pass through windows and can also affect you in your own home, as well as harm your home itself. Read on to learn the details.
UV Rays Cause Problems for Your Home
UV rays are harmful to your home because they cause things such as carpets, furniture, and art to fade prematurely. Furniture exposed to UV rays fade about three times quicker than those exposed only to visual light. And because normal windows only block 40 – 50% of incoming UV rays, your furniture, especially those pieces which have long-term value or are near windows, are in danger of fading and needing replacement far before they should.
UV Rays Harm Your Health
People wear sunscreen when they expose themselves to direct sunlight for long periods of time to avoid being burned, but people do not often consider the moderate amount of UV rays they are constantly exposed to. UV radiation damages your skin cells, which has many detrimental effects, such as causing premature wrinkling. The most serious effect of UV rays is increasing your risk of skin cancer. Unlike sunburn, which is caused by short-term overexposure, skin cancer risk is affected by cumulative exposure to UV radiation over your entire life. High-risk people include those who work outside, live in higher altitudes, often got sunburns during childhood, or have a family history of cancer. Although for those who spend most of their time indoors, whose main source of UV rays is through your home’s windows, protecting your home is very important.
Protect Yourself and Your Home
Because of the harmful effects of UV rays, many people choose to draw curtains or lower blinds during the day, blocking all of the sunlight. Relying on artificial illumination is expensive and far less pleasant than natural sunlight. However, you can have the best of both worlds; tinting windows can block as much as 99% of harmful UV rays while allowing plenty of natural sunlight into your home. If you want to protect yourself and your home from harmful UV rays, you are in the market for window tinting! As a factory authorized dealer of Vista® and LLumar® window films in Baltimore, we provide our customers with not only the highest quality installations, but the highest quality products. Our solar tinting is professionally installed with no mess, no hassle, and minimal disruption. If you need residential or business Window Tinting, please call American Solar Tinting today at 1-800-0100. You can also follow American Solar Tinting today on Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.