Along with heat reduction, window film can also help you protect your investments. Curtains, furniture and even flooring can fall victim to the effects of the sun. One of the leading culprits in fading your valuables is ultraviolet light. A window film with a high percentage of ultraviolet light rejection would be a good choice. This is to keep those home furnishings and decorations looking their best. Many films can now block almost 99 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Ultraviolet light can not only fade your furniture, but too much of it can affect your health. Therefore, ultraviolet rays are the reason for sunburns. They are also seen as one of the risk factors for cancer. According to the Report on Carcinogens released by the Department of Health and Human Services, ultraviolet radiation is a known human carcinogen [source: National Institutes of Health]. For working to prevent sun-induced skin damage, several types of window film have even been given the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation [source: The Skin Cancer Foundation].
Some window films offer another benefit in the area of safety: shatter resistance. The film’s shatter resistance comes from its ability to hold glass shards together. It acts as a barrier between the interior of the home and the glass.
Along with the safety benefits, window films can also help to reduce the glare on your television when viewing the big game. The percentage of glare reduction is usually related to the visible light transmittance. The greater the glare reduction inside the home depends on this. A window that is tinted will have lower amounts of light transmitted through the film.
A clearer film offers a more natural view from the window, while a darker film can offer more glare reduction and privacy. Darker films can also have higher values for reflectivity. Reflectivity can be beneficial when reflecting the sunlight. However, it can be less desirable for thieves when the view out of your windows at night includes a shadowed version of the room’s interior.