UV Rays & Window Film. The Pain Of Glass.
How much time do you or your loved ones spend in a room with windows? As we say goodbye to a long, exceptionally cold winter, we are naturally drawn to the warmth of sunshine and the light that lifts our spirits and brightens our environment. It’s human nature to seek out those things that make us feel better and regain our uninhibited lifestyle of freedom and activity.
So, What About This Radiation?
We’re not scientists, but according to those who are, ultraviolet rays are a type of radiation given off from the sun and contain three main classifications: ultraviolet A, ultraviolet B, and ultraviolet C. The last two, UVB and UVC are mostly soaked up by the earth’s ozone layer, so it’s primarily the UVA that’s most concerning in your home or office. It’s also the ray that causes skin aging, while UVB causes burning. UVA rays tend to hang around for most of the year giving us more exposure and penetrating a little deeper into our skin. We know this can be a little mind-boggling but bear with us. While those UVB rays are usually blocked by glass windows, the UVA rays are not and well over 50% make it through to your skin. This means you are still experiencing sun exposure indoors, even if you are not directly in from of the window. The risk becomes higher if you have light features (skin, hair, eyes), a family history of skin cancer, or are over 50 years of age.
Will Window Film Help?
Yes, it will! The experts at SUPERTINT will discuss your unique situation and help you to choose the proper thickness and type for your home or office. Your health and those around you are important, so decreasing the exposure of damaging rays indoors makes good sense. Supertint primarily uses Madico products, a high-quality film made by a company that’s been in operation for over 100 years. Their architectural films block 99% of the sun’s harmful rays and in fact, are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation! This speaks highly of the quality of their products. It also comes with a manufacturer’s warranty.
There are benefits to sun exposure. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states “Beneficial effects of UV radiation include the production of vitamin D, a vitamin essential to human health. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from food and assists bone development. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 5 to 15 minutes of sun exposure 2 to 3 times a week.” (https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/uv-radiation-safety/ index.html)
Summing It Up
Window film adds many benefits to your home or office, but the prevention of over-exposure is high on the list. Home should be a place of comfort, a place to relax and not worry about the harmful world outside your front door. Our Supertint team are expert's in their field, but they also care about their customers.