We were somewhat surprised how much damage to your skin can happen inside the house, as evidenced by an article from the Skin Cancer Foundation (see below). We also have information on the benefits of using a window treatment.
Protection with using window treatments is one of the best reasons to style and choose designed covers for your windows. The heat of the sun can be reduced whether you are using blinds, curtains or shutters. Often furniture is not colorfast and fabrics will fade; plus, wood or plastic can crack and lose their luster.
The second best reason for window treatments is the ability to control the amount of light coming into the room. If you are a light sleeper, blackout features on the backs of curtains can easily solve that problem.
Other benefits of window treatments are:
To control privacy and block any unwanted lookers or even traffic passing by.
Saving energy with treatments is possible because drapes, shutters, shades and the like have good insulation properties. During the summer, the coverings cut down on heat and vice versa, in the winter, heat does not escape as quickly.
Finally, aesthetics. Coverings are like the dressing for the windows. It gives you the chance to add color, texture and great design elements to enhance the overall appeal of the setting.
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Sun Protection for Your Health and Home: The Skin Cancer Foundation Recommends Blocking Harmful UV Rays with Window Film
While it’s understood that taking sun safety precautions is important outside, few people realize they can sustain sun damage indoors, too. While both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from the sun can harm the skin and lead to skin cancers, UVB is effectively blocked by glass. However, at least 50 percent of UVA rays can pass through windows. Window film is an increasingly effective solution, offering substantial indoor protection by blocking up to 99.9 percent of UVA radiation. Although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent and are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year. Window film can help prevent harmful UVA rays from damaging both your skin and your belongings.
“To see the damage that untreated glass can do, take a close look at the furnishings in your home that are hit by direct sunlight,” says Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “If the sun has faded the color of your sofa, it can just as easily damage your skin when you sit there.”
Available in varied tints, residential and commercial window films can also cut down glare by more than half while allowing 30-80 percent of visible light to get through, depending on the customer's needs. The benefits of installing window film go beyond protecting one’s skin and household items, as it also can reduce energy costs. In hot weather, window film cuts down heat within the home and in cold weather it reflects interior heat back into the home. Additionally, some new types of "safety" film help hold residential and commercial glass in place if shattered. Several times thicker than the standard sun-protective film, it can greatly reduce the chances of break-ins, property damage, and even personal injury that can result from broken glass.
The Skin Cancer Foundation has awarded its Seal of Recommendation to window films manufactured by several different brands, including 3M, Nexfil, Solar Gard and Panorama, and Solutia Performance Films. Products granted the Seal of Recommendation have been proven to provide safe and effective UV radiation protection. A complete list of products can be found at www.skincancer.org/seal
About 85 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone adopt a complete year-round sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade, covering up with clothing, wearing a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, and using broad spectrum sunscreen every day. For a complete list of skin cancer prevention guidelines, please visit www.SkinCancer.org.