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The Science Behind UV Rays and UV Blocking Window Film

The Science Behind UV Rays and UV Blocking Window Film

In our industry, window tinting, we see first hand how something as seemingly innocuous as the sun can have disastrous effects on everything from hardwood floors to human health.  This is due to UV radiation which is made up of different types of beams–most of them harmful.  Here in Colorado Springs UV rays are especially harmful at high altitude. 

What is UV Radiation and Why is It Harmful

UV radiation is basically energy from the sun. part of the natural energy produced by the sun.  UV light is invisible to the eye but harmful to the skin–especially in high doses and/or over an extended amount of time. UV light is made up of two specific types of light both of which are known to cause things like sunburn, eye disease, and cancer: UVA and UVB.  u UVA is a longer wavelength and UVB is a shorter wavelength but regardless of size, they both cause harm to humans and nearly any object exposed to them.  This is why stopping them from beaming into your Colorado Springs home is critical to the short and long-term health of your family and furnishings.

How Window Film Curbs the Harmful Effects of the Sun

Window film is called spectrally selective.  This means it blocks out the harmful rays of the sun while still letting in harmless rays of visible light.  Visible light is the light we can see and is not harmful to humans–it is its invisible cousins that do all the damage (UVA and UVB).  So window film does the amazing task of filtering all these waves and letting in lovely natural visible light for us to enjoy and blocking harmful ones that ruin our bodies and furniture.  This is just a little snapshot of what UV radiation is and what window film does to keep it from harming us.  

You can learn more about UV rays here at the FDA’s website.  And for more information on window film–contact us here at Colorado Springs Window Film!

Mike Kinsey is the Chief Operating Officer at Colorado Springs Window Film and has over a decade of experience installing window films of all types. He has overseen hundreds of window film installs in the Colorado Springs metro area, accounting for a total of over 250,000 square feet of film. His area of expertise ranges from residential to commercial and industrial applications and includes security, energy efficient, and decorative tinting. His background in construction and project management gives him the ability to plan for and execute virtually any size and type of project. Mike's product knowledge and attentiveness to detail sets him apart and has given him a reputation of one of the most trusted professionals in the industry. He is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education.