Windows serve a necessary function in a home—they allow natural light into a home and provide a view of the outside world. On the other hand, windows can cause problems for the furniture and furnishings in your home, for your AC unit, and for your skin. In order to make your home a refuge from harsh sunlight, you may need to install low-e window film on your windows.
The sun's UV rays can stream right through your windows. This means that if you like to sit in the sun inside your home, you are soaking up UV radiation, which can lead to skin cancer down the road. Window film can filter out up to 99% of the sun's UV rays, which in turn leads to a 93% reduction in skin cell death. Thus, if you are worried that you are susceptible to skin cancer, you should install window film on your car and home windows to stop UV radiation.
Furniture and Furnishings
Have you ever noticed how items left in the sun tend to fade. You might think that the designer carpet, artwork, and high-priced furniture you used when decorating your home are safe simply because they are inside. Sadly, this is not true. If you have items that get a lot of direct sunlight, they will fade. To protect your artwork and the money you have spent on other items in you home, you need to take steps to filter out UV radiation. Window film will provide the protection you need without eliminating all natural light or cutting off your view of the outside world.
A final concern is heat gain through your windows. UV rays will heat up furniture, carpet, and any surface they fall on. Once heated, these objects will then heat the air in your home. The more the air in your home heats up, the harder your AC system has to work to cool it back down. As mentioned, window film will filter out UV light and thus can reduce your cooling costs by up to 23%.
No matter what type of windows you have in your home, you can benefit by adding window film. The truth is that even a triple-pane window will do little to filter out UV rays. If you have some skill with basic tools, you should be able to install your own window film, but even if you have to pay someone to install window film for you, like MidAmerica Tint, the benefits of installing window film outweigh the cost.