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Benefits of UV Protected Windows

Oct 2

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10/2/2013 1:21 PM  RssIcon

Everyone knows how important it is to protect your skin from the sun when you’re outside. But did you know it’s just as important to stay protected indoors? While no one is expecting you to wear sunscreen 24/7, there are things you can do to protect your home, your belongings, and of course, yourself – specifically, adding UV protection to your windows!


Understanding UV Protected Windows

There are two ways to enhance your window’s UV protection:


Install Low-E windows – low-E windows, including our own line of Zo-e shield windows, reflect infrared and UV light while still letting in the visible spectrum of light. This means you’ll still get the benefits of full sunlight exposure without excess heat gain or the damaging effects of solar radiation.


Add a protective UV film – UV window film provides a barrier between a building’s occupants and interior furnishings and the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. Most UV films are virtually clear and allow more than 90 percent of visible light to shine through your windows.


Benefits of UV Protected Windows

Protect the people in your home or building – UV radiation can lead to a number of health problems, including skin cancer. And while many people think you’re only at risk if you’re outside, the truth is skin cancer can affect you no matter where you are. UV protected windows offer protection against harmful radiation that can cause cancer, without you having to resort to closing screens or blinds that block natural light.


As an added bonus, allowing sunlight to shine through your windows is easier on the eyes than artificial light, reduces costs associated with artificial lighting and promotes vitamin D production in the body.


Extend the life of carpets, walls, and other interior furnishings – UV radiation can also cause material damage to things inside your building, including furniture, wall decorations, flooring, etc. Have you ever seen a piece of furniture fade in the sunlight? This happens as a direct result of UVA radiation.


Secondary benefits – UV protected windows have a number of carryover benefits, including:

  • Reflecting infrared radiation, preventing heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter
  • Providing an extra layer of insulation

If you’ve been looking for ways to keep your home and family protected from the harmful rays of the sun, UV protected windows are a perfect place to start. Click here to learn more about Weather Shield’s Zo-e shield windows.

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