No matter where you live in the world, you’ve experienced harsh sunlight at least once in your life. It doesn’t take long to realize how uncomfortable harsh sunlight experience can be.
Sunlight in prolonged periods of time can actually hurt humans. Despite the normal practice of putting on sunscreen only when you go outside, the sun’s UV rays can still hurt you from indoors. As long as you have a window that allows sunlight in, your skin is susceptible to being affected.
Unfortunately, the damage doesn’t stop there. Excess sunlight can change the tint of the wall paint, the appearance of hung up artwork, and the fabric on your furniture. The sun produces heat and harmful rays. Both of these factors cause a change in things like paint, wood, and fabric. So the question is, how can you prevent all of this from happening?
How can you stop excess sunlight from invading your home? There a few routes you can go.
1) Protective Blinds and Curtains
To protect your home from the sun’s harsh rays, you might want to consider investing in some blinds or curtains. The variety to choose from is endless. If you prefer something to add décor to the outside of your house, then external Venetian blinds are for you.
External Venetian Blinds are similar to shutters, however, they’re made specifically to block the sun out. These blinds offer glare protection, heat protection, and save energy in your home.
If you prefer something inside, then thermal blackout curtains are for you. You can find these curtains almost anywhere that sells home goods. These types of curtains are made with a special material that allows them to block out the sun. These curtains are also great for keeping rooms cooler because they thermoregulate your home.
Just like any curtain, thermal blackout curtains come in a variety of colors and patterns. These curtains are basically like any other curtain, except they stop the sun from being a pest in your home.
2) Window Film
Window film is a bit more of a time consuming and expensive option. The process is essentially the same as when you get your car windows tinted. And just like your car windows, window film for your house needs to be installed by a professional.
However, residential films are different in a number of ways. The film is made of a polyester is and is usually self-adhesive. The film acts almost like a sunscreen, it blocks the harmful parts of the sun out, while letting you enjoy the good ones.
The benefits that come with using window film are pretty expansive. Having the film block out the sun protects your skin and eyes from UV rays. It also protects your furniture, artwork, and walls from fading.
These are just the basics though, depending on what type of film you get can add or subtract from the list. The type of film you get can also affect how much it costs, and how effective it is at protecting you from the sun.
3) Solar Shades
Solar shades are almost like a crossover between thermal blackout curtains and external Venetian blinds. These shades are hung up inside your house onto your window and can be used almost like internal blinds. The shades tend to be made from some sort of thick mesh material that just likes the others block the sun from your house. They’re used by being moved up or down and blocking the sun wherever it’s touching.
The sun can damage your skins, possessions, and your home without you even realizing it. Choosing to prevent that by following one of the methods mentioned above is your best chance at preserving the appearance and quality of where you live. So pick one and test it out, your home will thank you in the long run!