What Happens to the UV Rays That Come Into Your Home?

Did you know that ultraviolet (UV) rays can affect you even while you’re in the house? They can also damage the things in your home. Some UV rays can even pass through your windows.

While your windows generally block most UVB rays (the type of UV radiation that causes sunburns), UVA rays (the kind that causes skin aging) get indoors with relative ease.

The UV rays that seep through your windows can also affect your flooring and furniture. After years of indoor UV exposure, you may notice your floors and furniture looking worn and faded.

If you want to reduce skin aging and the risk of damage to your hardwood floors and furniture, you need to protect your home from UV rays. Read on to learn how.

Utilize Window Treatments

UV rays tend to be strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Use window shades or blinds during these peak hours.

Install Window Films

These translucent polyester or vinyl strips cling to glass and help block UV rays. What’s more, you won’t notice them on your windows. Over time, you may have to replace them when they get scratched or damaged.

Install Tinting

Clear glass lets up to 75% of UVA rays pass through it. Tinted glass absorbs more UVA rays and allows less of the rays to pass through it than clear glass. If you want to reduce the heat and light in your home significantly, you can pair tinted windows with shades.

Low-emissivity (Low-E) glass is also an excellent choice for blocking UV rays. However, it’s significantly costlier than window shades and window films. Also, beware of regular Low-E glass that lacks special anti-UV coating. It’s similar to clear glass, blocking most UVB and allowing most UVA to get through.

Make an effort to protect your home from harmful UV rays, and your skin, furniture, and flooring will thank you. For more information on dealing with UV rays, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We’ve satisfied the home-comfort needs of homeowners in Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties since 1973.

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