There is nothing wrong with enjoying the outdoors, but it also pays to be more careful during this time of the year. Whether you are out camping at a state park, on the beach or just outside your home, it is important that you take steps to protect yourself from the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure. After all, July is UV Safety Awareness Month.
Renewal by Andersen® of Nashville, your local window company, discusses several things you’ll want to keep in mind when it comes to sun damage.
UV Protection Tips to Consider
We may have been reminded of it ad nauseam, but it still rings true: always apply sunscreen whenever you go out in the summer. It doesn’t block all UV rays, but it does serve as a filter that will minimize the dangers of too much sun exposure. There are many different available sunscreen products. Some cosmetics are even equipped with sun protection.
As with other products you use or consume, make it a point to check the label. Using expired sunscreen could turn you into a lobster, with sunburn marks and all. Also, reading what is printed on the spray or lotion container helps you understand what it means. For instance, sunscreen with SPF15 shields you from 93% of the UV rays. SPF100 filters about 99%. In other words, the higher the SPF number, the better the protection you can get.
Your skin is not the only body you should protect from UV rays. Your eyes can get affected, too, especially if you spend long hours outside. Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses should do the trick. Large-framed and wraparound ones provide the best protection.
Protecting Your Home’s Interior
Apart from yourself, it is also imperative that you protect your home’s interior as well. You may not be aware of it, but the sun’s UV rays can also cause damage to furnishings and other valuable items in your home. When exposed, these may begin to fade or discolor. With that in mind, you should consider investing in replacement windows equipped with UV protection and all other integral features.
At Renewal by Andersen®, we have a glass solution for every climate, and our windows take advantage of the newest technologies to help cut costs and keep everyone in your household comfortable. When the time comes to replace your windows, you can rely on our experts to find the ideal solution for your home.
Our replacement windows come with the standard High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass, which is great for homeowners that experience issues with their heating and cooling costs. Compared to ordinary dual-pane glass, it is 56% more energy-efficient in summer and 47% more energy-efficient in winter.
For better window performance, choose our High-Performance Low-E4 SmartSun™ glass. It is the most energy-efficient glass option we have ever offered, and rightfully so. It has better energy efficiency during summer and winter. More importantly, it blocks 95% of harsh UV rays that can damage artwork, furniture and window treatments.
Equipping your double-hung windows with this glass option has many benefits. For one, it is unique in that it has thermal capabilities similar to tinted glass yet still is the same as clear glass in terms of visible light transmittance. Our SmartSun glass also reduces sound penetration into your home, keeping the interior peaceful at night.
We also have the High-Performance Low-E4 Sun glass, which filters out heat from the sun to cut down on cooling costs. It utilizes a subtle tint coating to reduce the entry of visible light. It is given the highest solar heat gain rating, which means it can help your indoors stay comfortable without relying too much on the HVAC system.
With our glass solutions, it is possible for you to get sliding windows or any window style that are ENERGY STAR®-certified. Through our windows and accompanying glass options, we can help you save money on your energy bills and protect your home from harmful UV rays.
At Renewal by Andersen of Nashville, it is our mission to improve your home’s comfort and value. As the exclusive local retailer for Renewal by Andersen, we work hard to uphold the standards for service and to help our neighbors make informed decisions based on their specific needs. Through our skills and expertise, we continue to enhance and boost the appearance, energy efficiency and value of local homes.
To learn more about our window offerings, such as picture and bay windows, give us a call at (615) 238-9463, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve residents of Murfreesboro and Nashville, TN.