With the COVID-19 crisis still affecting us, more and more of us will probably find ourselves indoors this summer. Hopefully, as the summer months progress and restrictions are lifted, that will change. It does seem likely, however, that we’ll be spending more time enjoying the sun from inside our homes and offices. Now might be a great time to discuss a topic that we care deeply about: UVA rays. Especially with this being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, discussing the harmful effects of UVA rays is timely.
What are UVA rays? Why should every home and business owner care about protecting themselves from it? Can window film help? Let’s find out.
What are UVA rays?
The UV stands for ultraviolet. Ultraviolet is a form of electromagnetic radiation present in the Sun. There are three types of UV rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. We’ll discuss them backward, based on their danger to humans. First, there are UVC rays. These are blocked by the atmosphere and pose little threat to humans. The next kind is UVB rays. While UVB rays can still cause sunburn (so always wear sunscreen when going out in the Sun), this type of solar radiation is blocked by your glass windows. This leaves us with UVA rays.
UVA rays can be very damaging to humans. Research shows that UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the total UV radiation that reaches the Earth’s surface. These rays can be very damaging to humans. How? UVA rays can be damaging in 3 ways: increasing skin cancer, damaging DNA, and increasing the signs of skin aging. Dangerous ultraviolet rays are associated with over 90% of all skin cancers. Besides skin cancer, additional studies show that UVA rays can cause DNA damage, even impairing wound healing. Another danger of UVA rays is their noted effect on facial aging. It has been estimated that UVA rays may be responsible for up to 80% of visible signs of facial aging. For just those 3 reasons alone, it makes sense to protect ourselves as best as we can from UVA rays.
The Best UVA Protection for your Home
How can we protect ourselves from UVA rays? One of the most effective ways to protect ourselves from UVA rays is to have 3M window film installed on our homes and office windows. For instance, these innovative window films can block up to 99% of the Sun’s harmful rays. Window film offers a level of protection and peace of mind that every homeowner and property manager should want to have.
Besides the benefits for humans, window film can also prevent the Sun’s harmful rays from fading home furnishings. When you couple window film with window covering, the benefits are even greater. The benefits of window film are something that many San Francisco Bay homeowners have already come to appreciate.
ClimatePro has been the leading 3M window film installation experts in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years. If you’re interested in receiving the UVA protection and other benefits of window film for your home or business, contact us today for a free consultation. With offices in North Bay, San Francisco, and San Jose, we can be reached at 707-755-7337.