Phoenix has over 300 sunny days a year, which means your home gets plenty of sun on a regular basis. Generally speaking, ordinary glass can filter out UVB rays but not UVA rays. This is why you may notice furniture, rugs, artwork, etc. fade over time. But have you ever considered how the sun can affect your windows?
When the sun passes through the glass, it also has an effect on the glass itself. The UV rays have the potential to degrade your windows. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your windows and the interior of your home. Below are some tips on how to do exactly that!
Choose Low-E Glass
If your windows are old and drafty, the suggestions below won’t have much of an impact. Your best option is to invest in replacement windows with low-E glass coating. This window treatment helps to reflect the sunlight and heat off of your windows. This way, you can keep your home’s temperature consistent, enjoy greater efficiency and save on cooling costs.
Replacement windows are an investment, but they also offer many benefits, including increased home value, enhanced security and reduced dust and allergens. They’ll also improve the look of your home and offer a nice return on investment. Other options to consider with replacement windows are tinting and glazing.
Install Heat Blocking Window Shades
If your windows are in good condition and you’re not due for a replacement, there are other things you can do to protect your home from the sun. Heat blocking window shades are a quick fix for solar overheating. They won’t solve the problem entirely, but they will reduce heat gain.
For the maximum benefit, choose shades that can be installed as close to the glass as possible. Cellular or honeycomb shades tend to be most effective because they trap air. Lighter colors are also a good pick because they help reflect the sun’s rays.
Hang Blackout Blinds
Another option is blackout blinds, as they are opaque and don’t allow any light to pass through. For the best results, be sure to choose blackout blinds that can be installed close to the glass, are made from a high quality material and have a reflective color like white or gray. The only downside to these blinds is that they are designed to block out light not heat, which means you’ll have to sacrifice natural light to get heat-saving benefits.
Apply Window Film
Window film is a special insulating plastic film that sticks to the windows. This film blocks UV rays to protect your home from fading and damage. Some films even offer additional security, making it harder to shatter glass and enter the home. The benefit to window film is that it’s inexpensive and easy to maintain unlike some window treatments. It can also be combined with other methods.
These are some of the best ways to protect your home and windows from sun damage. To learn more about the efficient windows on the market today, contact Greco Roman Windows and Doors for a consultation. We can help you find new, efficient windows that will hold up to the hot Phoenix sun!