UV Rays and You
One of South Florida’s biggest draws is our endless sunshine. As Floridians, we know the importance of wearing sunscreen and sunglasses whenever we venture outside. However, you may not know that if your home lacks hurricane impact windows, you should be doing this inside as well.
UV Ray Primer
There are three types of UV rays :
UVA Rays: These rays are the most common UV rays to reach Earth and are not absorbed by the atmosphere. Exposure to UVA rays can cause skin aging, eye damage, skin cancer, and lower the body’s ability to fight illness.
UVB Rays: These rays are mostly absorbed by the atmosphere so they are less plentiful than UVA rays, but they are still damaging. These rays cause sunburns, skin cancer, skin aging, a temporary type of vision loss called snow blindness, and lower the body’s ability to fight illness. Even when it is cloudy outside, UVB rays can still penetrate the clouds and cause damage.
UVC Rays: These are mostly absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere and are not a significant health concern from solar radiation.
UV radiation is most concerning in areas close to the equator, like South Florida, during the summer months, and between the hours of 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
UV rays do offer one health benefit: they help your body produce Vitamin D, which aids in muscle and bone growth as well as protects your body from several cancers. It’s important to note, though, that you can eat foods rich in Vitamin D or take Vitamin D supplements to achieve the same health benefit without the health risks associated with UV rays.
UV Rays and Windows
Regular windows block very little of the sun’s UV rays. You may have noticed that the rooms in your home that have the most sunlight also have the most fading on furniture, carpets, paint, and artwork. This is due to UV radiation damage. Similarly, sitting on your couch or at your kitchen table exposes you and your family to those dangerous rays as well. In contrast, low-e hurricane impact windows block up to 99% of all UV rays from entering your home. This is especially important if you have small children or grandchildren. Ensuring they are protected from the sun’s damaging rays while inside the home can help keep their skin and eyes healthier as adults.
If you want to learn more about how hurricane impact windows can benefit your family, contact CitiQuiet today. Winter is the optimal time to upgrade to hurricane impact windows so that you can reap all of their benefits, including UV ray blockage, by the next hurricane season, next summer.
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