There are two types of UV light that increase the risk of developing skin cancer: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). UV radiation is produced by the sun and, although you can’t see it, your skin absorbs it.
Most people know to use sunscreen and wear sunglasses, but many people aren’t aware that we are also exposed to UV rays in the places we spend the most time – at home and at work!
That’s right, sitting at your desk or on your couch by the window for hours can produce more damaging results than 30 minutes spent out in the sun.
The difference between UVA and UVB rays
UVA rays have a longer wavelength and are responsible for dark spots and wrinkles, penetrating more deeply into the skin. While UVB rays have a shorter wavelength, they play a greater role in causing skin cancer and can produce severe sunburn.
Both can damage your skin, which is why it’s so important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from the effects of UVA and UVB exposure. The issue here is that most people like letting natural light into their home or office – and understandably so, sunlight is good for our overall wellbeing.
This is where Vista solar window films come in…
How Vista window film blocks cancer-causing UV rays
Solar film is nothing new. In fact, window films for cars have been around for decades. Front windshields must be treated with window film to filter out most UVA rays to protect the driver and passenger. This same concept has been picking up momentum for commercial and residential window films in Calgary.
Spectra Light’s UV-blocking window films are made of polyester or Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), strong laminate materials that have the power to block 99.9% of UV rays. Unlike curtains, blinds, or shades, window film can still let light in while filtering harmful rays. They are available in different tints to meet your preference on how much natural light you want to enter.
The benefits of solar window film
Although the main and most important benefit is to block cancer-causing rays, solar film also:
- Reduces glare – One of the perks of window film is that it eliminates glare on your TV, computer, and other electronic devices
- Maintains a comfortable temperature – Window film keeps the sun from heating up the space during the summer months while reflecting the warmth back in during colder temperatures.
- Shatter-proof – In case of an accident, break-in attempt, or large hail, window film keeps the shards in place to prevent the window from shattering completely.
- Prevents furniture and floor damage – Sun rays are not only damaging to our skin, but also to furniture and floors. Sun bleaching can fade couches, chairs, tables, hardwood flooring, bags, and other belongings. Window film helps prevent this issue.