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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sunscreen for Your Home

Did you know that July is UV Safety Month? So, remember to lather on the sunscreen, but don’t forget to also protect your home!

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun’s powerful rays can shine into windows and cause daily damage to home interiors including carpets, wood flooring, furnishing, artwork and walls. According to the Florida Solar Energy Center®, ultraviolet radiation is the single largest contributing factor in the fading of fabrics, carpets and other furnishings. And, you should know that UV penetration into the home can occur in both hot and cold climates, and even on cloudy days.

Noticing signs of UV ray penetration into the home can mean it’s time to replace older, inefficient windows with new replacement windows with energy-efficient glass packages. As a bonus, these windows can also help lower daily energy bills and add to the resale value of your home.

When “window shopping” make sure to request vinyl windows that are ENERGY STAR® qualified with a Low E coating. That coating helps reflect infrared light, keeping heat inside of the home in the winter and outside in the summer. It can also help block damaging ultraviolet rays from entering the home.

For added home protection, select low-maintenance vinyl-framed windows, like those from Simonton Windows, and request insulated glass units with Argon or Krypton gas fillings. These non-toxic gasses are denser than air and serve as an excellent thermal barrier. These components all work together to reduce thermal conductivity, or the transfer of heat and cold through a window.

For more informtion on energy efficient windows visit The Value of ENERGY STAR® Products

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