Home Window Tinting a Necessity During ‘Ultraviolet Season’
As we set our sights on spring, heat will once again become a major issue in health and energy savings. Some parts are still cold, but it’s only a matter of time before the days grow hotter. In light of this, it pays to be informed about something closely associated with the hot days ahead: ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Window tinting for your home can help provide a cost effective solution to this problem.
UV radiation exists in wavelengths of 10 to 400 nm, although wavelengths below 180 nm are usually blocked by air. UV’s shorter wavelengths allow it to store more energy than infrared and visible light, and is thus responsible for emitting much of the sun’s heat. In fact, it carries too much heat, which is bad news for living organisms.
UV radiation is why sunburns really sting. In a 2013 interview with LiveScience, Tufts University dermatologist Gary Chuang said the body reacts to UV radiation by directing the pigment melanin to the affected cells to reduce UV damage. UV radiation causes the DNA makeup in affected cells to change, often resulting in the loss of the cells’ ability to repair themselves.
You don’t have to be on the beach to get sunburned. UV radiation comes in three forms: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. The ozone layer can take care of the UV-C rays (100 to 180 nm). The greater threats to your health and home are UV-A (315 to 400 nm) and UV-B (280-315 nm). These lack the energy to split ozone molecules, so they pass the layer almost unfiltered.
Any place where the sun shines, UV radiation is surely present. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, UV radiation can reach high levels even under heavy cloud cover, as water molecules and fine particles in the atmosphere scatter them around. Around 90 percent of UV radiation can penetrate through the clouds in this manner.
Your home will need its own deterrent against harmful UV rays. Just as the Earth has the ozone layer and cloud cover for protection, your home can rely on home window tinting solutions from companies like Window Enhancements, LLC. These low-cost measures can deter up to 99.9 percent of UV radiation, both UV-A and UV-B.
Tinted windows are less effective in deterring visible light, which actually is favorable for you. Natural light is necessary to help you save on the cost of powering artificial lighting. You can allow natural light into the house minus the UV radiation with highly effective home window tinting solutions. It’s the perfect means of protection all year round, as the threat of UV rays is always present, regardless of the weather.
(Source: “What Is Ultraviolet Light?” LiveScience, March 31, 2015)