Understanding and Mitigating the Harmful Effects of UV Rays
Ultraviolet rays, also commonly known as UV rays, are a type of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun. Unlike regular light rays, UV rays are not visible to the naked eye, but their effects can often be felt and prolonged exposure to them can result in various harmful side effects. In this post, we take a closer look at what the harmful effects of UV rays are and how you can mitigate them.
Harmful Effects of UV Rays on Your Health
The harmful effects of excessive exposure to UV rays can generally be classified into two categories: the harmful effects on your health and the harmful effects on your property. Some of the harmful effects of UV rays on your health can include:
Skin Damage and Cancer
UV rays can cause severe sunburns that are often unpleasant to deal with. Notably, your skin can be exposed to UV rays even if it is cloudy. This is why it is common for people who spend a full day on the beach without wearing sunscreen to experience sunburns even when it is not bright and sunny. Over time, the UV rays from the sun also cause damage to the skin cells in your body. This can result in a heightened risk of developing skin cancer.
Weakening of Skin’s Protective Barrier
Over time, exposure to UV rays can also result in the weakening of the skin’s protective barrier. This may result in your skin becoming more sensitive to external irritants and may increase your chances of experiencing skin reactions such as hives or rashes.
Harmful Effects of UV Rays on Your Property
When it comes to your property, one of the most common effects that UV rays can cause is fading. When exposed to UV rays for a prolonged period, the colours on your furniture and home fixtures will often degrade and become less vibrant. This is often irreversible and is especially prevalent in areas that are the most affected by UV rays, such as your window frames.
Mitigating the Harmful Effects of UV Rays
Thankfully, there are some ways for you to mitigate the harmful effects of UV rays. One potential option would be for you to apply a UV-blocking film or coating to your windows. This enables your windows to prevent UV rays from passing through them without affecting the amount of natural light that you get to enjoy at home. At the same time, you can also consider placing your furniture in locations where they are not directly exposed to sunlight in order to prevent damage to them.
Get Your Windows from Valley Windows
Valley Windows is a premier manufacturer and supplier of custom windows in Melbourne. If your window frames have been damaged by UV radiation or if you are simply looking to upgrade to new, UV-blocking windows, we can help. Contact us today, and a member of our team will be more than happy to advise you on the best options for you!