How to Beat the February Fade Blues

February 9th, 2022 by Chris Collier

The winter’s sun may feel good streaming through a home’s windows, but there is a dark side to this natural light—namely the sun’s Ultraviolet (UV) rays that contribute up to 40% of all interior fading. The rays may also lead to skin cancers and eye damage as well, according to the International Window Film Association (IWFA).

Regular window glass blocks only about 25% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, so one line of defense to combat sun fade is to have UV-blocking window films installed on windows, as they reduce UV rays up to 99.9%. Window Films may also upgrade existing windows, whether dual or single pane, to achieve improved energy savings and reduce a home’s carbon footprint for about one-tenth the cost of replacement windows.

“Fading and damage from UV and visible light is more prominent on upholstery, carpets and wood floors, but it can impact anything in its path, including our skin and eyes,” says Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “I would even suggest that placing a child’s crib or play area next to a sunny window without providing some type of UV protection first should be avoided, as the damage to skin from UV may be both immediate and cumulative.”

In addition to cutting glare by up to 87% and its UV protection, the association says window film may also reduce the sun’s solar heat in summer by as much as 84%, lessening utility expenses year-round.

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