There are plenty of things to enjoy about a sunny day but unfortunately there are some real downsides too. Many people have no idea of the impact the sun can be making on their home. When UV rays pass through the windows, they can reduce your home’s energy efficiency and even damage your home furnishings. While some people with single-pane windows will try to counteract this by adding darker window treatments to their windows, these are only temporary fixes.
The actual fix is to replace your windows with eco-friendly options. Keep reading to learn how that sun could be affecting your home, then contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200 for a free in-home estimate for new windows.
Understanding UV Rays
First, let us cover what UV rays are. They are a form of radiation that comes directly from the sun. People are exposed to UV rays on a daily basis through windows and when outside. If there is no protection from them, they can hurt your health and your home. For example, if you see that the paint on your wall is getting lighter in places where the sun hits, that fading is due to UV exposure.
UV Rays Can Get in Through Outdated Windows
Single-pane windows were once the golden standard but now we know that they can let a lot of UV rays in. Often built with low-grade glass, single-pane windows can let as much as 90% of UV rays into your home. They offer virtually no protection against that harmful radiation. This is concerning for a number of reasons, including the fact that it can heat up your home and cause your AC to work harder than it needs to.
You Have Options in Replacement Windows
If there is any sun damage on your walls or furniture, we recommend replacing your windows. All modern windows are made with Low-E glass coatings, which helps to reflect the sun and keep the at out of your home. The coating works in conjunction with Argon gas between the panes to make your windows perform even better.
If you want great energy efficiency at an affordable price, double-pane windows treated with Low-E coating are a great choice. However, if you want to truly maximize energy efficiency, you will find no better option than triple-pane windows. They can block 97% of UV rays.
Are you ready to learn more about your many options? Then you are ready to contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200. We can come straight to you for a free in-home, socially distant estimate.