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Why UV protection on your windows is important and how to get it

Although windows allow light and warmth to enter your home, they might also be letting in harmful UV rays. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect your home, your belongings and your home’s occupants. Here’s what you should know about adding UV protection to your windows.

 

Why get UV protection for your windows

Here are several reasons you should invest in UV protection for the windows in your home.

  • They reduce UV exposure. Standard windows don’t block out UVA rays, which can cause premature skin aging and put you at an increased risk for skin cancer. However, UV protected windows prevent the sun’s harmful rays from entering your home, without blocking out natural light.\
  • They protect your belongings. Prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV rays can fade and discolour your furniture, wood flooring, countertops, artwork and more. UV protected windows can help protect the furnishing in your home from sun damage to keep them looking like new.
  • They save energy. UV protected windows provide added insulation by reflecting heat back into your home during the winter and prevent it from entering your home in the summer. This can help reduce your energy costs while making your home feel more comfortable.
  • They reduce glare. The sunlight streaming through standard windows can cause excessive glare, which can disrupt your daily activities and increase eye strain. UV protected windows effectively reduce glare on TV and computer screens to create a more relaxing and productive environment.

Not all glass is created equal, so the amount of ultraviolet light entering your home depends on the type of glass.

 

How to get UV protection for your windows

If you’re interested in upgrading your windows, there are a couple of possible solutions:

  • Apply a UV-blocking film. UV-blocking film is an affordable way to protect your home from the sun’s damaging rays. You can also choose from a variety of tints to allow in as much or as little light as you prefer.
  • Invest in low-E windows. Low-emissivity (low-E) windows are coated with several invisible layers of metallic oxides that reflect infrared and UV light to keep your home comfortable throughout the year.

If you want expert advice on which window solution is right for you, the experts at Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors can help.

 

UV protected windows in Ottawa

At Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors, we carry a variety of high-quality window products. Our team also provides expert installation and replacement services. We have more than five decades of experience serving our clients in and around Ottawa, and we offer a 10-year labour warranty. Contact us today to learn more or to get a free estimate.