You’ve worked hard to create a beautiful and comfortable home for you and your family. But did you know that the harsh UV rays that come through your windows can cause damage to your furniture, art, and flooring? Learn about the UV blocking shades you can use in your home and why they’re important.
UV Rays Inside Your Home
We all know that it’s important to protect yourself from harmful UV rays when you’re outside by wearing sunscreen, staying in the shade when possible, and wearing clothing with UV protecting fabric. However, many people overlook the benefits of protecting their home’s interior from UV rays as well. If you have newer windows that are considered energy efficient, there is a chance that they are blocking some of the UV light, however, UV blocking shades are going to do a much better job.
Benefits of UV Blocking Shades
Protect Your Furniture
If you have a beloved chair or expensive sofa that happens to sit near a window that gets a lot of sun, you will find that over time it becomes faded due to the sunlight. By installing window treatments that effectively block UV rays, you can make those pieces last much longer.
Artwork on the walls of your home is a great way to showcase your style, and seeing it fade can be devastating, especially if you have an expensive piece of fine art or a piec e that has sentimental value. Keeping your art protected from UV rays will help it hold its value and stay vibrant and beautiful on your wall.
Save on Energy Costs
Without window treatments, you could be losing up to 50% of the energy in your home and making your heating and cooling system work harder than it needs to. You can cut down on your energy consumption significantly with UV blocking shades.
Are All Blinds and Shades UV Blocking?
While most window treatments will block some UV rays, not all shades are created equal when it comes to true UV protection. Specially made solar shades or blinds can block up to 99% of UV rays entering your home. Depending on what you need for your home, you can choose a style and material that blocks a range of light. So if you don’t want blackout shades that block the highest amount of light, you can still get UV blocking shades to protect your home and let in soft light.
Best UV Blocking Shades
The Silhouette® Window Shadings from Hunter Douglas use adjustable S-shaped vanes that sit between two pieces of sheer fabric that can protect your home from up to 88% of UV rays. The Silhouette Halo™ has full movement of the vanes so you can control the direction of light. Silhouette Duolite® combines light-diffusing with an independent roller shade so you can have maximum light control for room darkening or letting in more light.
The Pirouette® Window Shadings from Hunter Douglas give your home the look of clean lines and up to 81% UV protection when open and up to 99% when closed. Get complete control over your privacy and light levels with the Pirouette® ClearView® available in a wide variety of opacities and colors. These shades offer Hunter Douglas’ Invisi-Lift™ system that lets the vanes float on a sheer backing with no tapes or cords to get in the way.
The Designer Screen Shades from Hunter Douglas are perfect for rooms that need a lot of light control like a sunroom, patio, or any other room that has a lot of light. Get between 86-99% UV rays blocked with an array of fabrics to choose from. These shades roll up to conceal the fabric, so your home looks sleek and stylish, too.
Order UV Blocking Shades from Marathon Building Environments
UV blocking shades from Hunter Douglas can be ordered through Marathon Building Environments. One of our Solutioneers is ready to help you choose the right style, fabric, and size for any window in your home. Visit the website today to schedule a consultation!