UV Radiation and Windows (Part 2) : The Solution(s)
As discussed in our previous post UV Radiation and Windows (Part I) : The Dangers, UV Radiation can not only damage your skin, but it can also decrease energy efficiency. Check out these three helpful tips to reduce the negative and often harmful affects of UV Radiation.
Protect Your Health and Your Wallet
There are several ways to take proactive steps to protect your skin and decrease the pressure on your HVAC system.
1) To reduce your chances of developing skin cancer, have the windows in your car and home tinted.
While UVB Rays are blocked by glass, at least 50% of UVA Rays can pass through glass. Window film or tint can block up to 99.9 percent of UVA radiation
. Be careful about the laws in your state about tinting automobile windows, but for your home, you can hire a contractor to install the tint professionally, or purchase a tinting film yourself at a home supply store. Installing window tint on the windows in your home will keep you and your family safer, while still allowing plenty of light inside your house.
2) Another step that you can take is to keep blinds and curtains closed, or at least partially closed. This will reduce the amount of UVA radiation that hits your skin and will keep the interior of your home or office cooler.Even sheer drapes can significantly reduce the amount of UVA radiation, by blocking some of the light, while dissipating the rest - thus keeping the room bright, while at the same time giving you added protection and keeping the interior cooler. This, in turn, won't just reduce your chances of developing skin cancer, but will save you hundreds of dollars in electricity costs in the long term.
3) Schedule an air duct cleaning!
Did you know that the passage of cool air can be inhibited by any kind of blockage or accumulation of debris in your ductwork? The National Air Duct Cleaner's Association (NADCA
) found that in a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living! Air duct cleaning reduces the amount of dust and other pollutants in your home or building's air conditioning ducts and as a result improves indoor air quality (iAQ). Not only does air duct cleaning improve indoor air quality, it also allows your system to work more efficiently.
More Info? To learn more about how Air Duct Cleaning can improve IAQ and energy efficiency, Check out Duct Cleaning Improves IAQ.