Potential clients reach out to us about UV blocking window film mostly in the summertime. This is because–UV rays are associated with the heat of summer. In winter–it isn’t so much on the mind but maybe it should be. Why? Because, as it happens, UV blocking is a year-round affair, needed as much in winter as in summer. Find out more below.
Reason Why You Need Window Film In Winter Too
Is UV blocking window film only effective in summer? Absolutely not! It is something that is just as helpful in winter as it is in summer. That may surprise you but it’s true. Read on to find out why.
UV Blocking Window Film For the Reflection of the Sun Off Snow
We get a lot of snow here in Fort Collins and it sure is pretty. However, it also brings with it a bunch of issues with it: car accidents and cold. But did you also know that snow reflects and magnifies sunlight? That’s right–glare reflects off the white snow and becomes even more powerful. This is why you get snow blindness or a bad sunburn skiing–even on an overcast day. This is one reason window film is relevant in the winter. It is great at blocking UV rays in winter and summer. It stops UV rays beaming directly into your home and those from the reflection off the snow.
UV Blocking Window Film to Stop Solar Heat Gain on Glass
It may seem like solar heat gain into your Fort Collins home from UV rays would be a good thing right? Actually no. The reason is that your home’s HVAC systems are designed to use the ambient temperature near the core of your home where your thermostat is to regulate the temperatures. So when the area near your windows is heated–your thermostat can’t account for it–and works harder blasting heat. This means the areas by your windows get uncomfortably hot and some of the areas of your home stay cold. This also causes your HVAC systems to work harder and require more frequent repairs.
UV Blocking Window Film to Curb Harmful Radiation in Winter
UV rays beaming unchecked into your home at any time of the year–summer or winter–have very real consequent. They are destructive to people and things. Sunny or cloudy, hot or cold, the effects of these rays are the same–they deteriorate everything they hit. This means they will destroy and fade your home’s furniture, rugs, curtains, and floors. More concerning, they are harmful to your eyes and skin, causing illnesses, headaches, and even certain types of cancer. Even in winter, you and your family need the protection that these films are designed to provide: an SPF 1000 and blocking 99.9% of harmful UV rays.
For more information on UV blocking window film for your Fort Collins home–reach out to us at Greenlight Window Films today!