You probably know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. But have you ever considered how it might harm your valuable furnishings? The fact is, even on cloudy days, the sun can fade and deteriorate your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors and even your artwork.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can protect your furnishings, and at the same time, increase energy efficiency and create the perfect ambiance for your home.
Use solar window shades. Besides blocking annoying glare and providing excellent UV protection, solar shades preserve your view to the outside.
Install window film. Available as translucent vinyl or polyester strips, window film blocks 99% of UV rays. Plus, it’s hardly noticeable!
Get low-E glass. Coated with very small layers of metallic oxides, low-E glass reduces the amount of ultraviolet light and heat that enters your home.
Add drapery. When combined with window shades, drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric that helps block UV rays.
Rearrange your furniture. Move your furniture out of direct sunlight to a shadier part of the room. Make sure to track where the sun shines throughout the day — especially when it’s strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Don’t forget your furniture outside! UV protection sprays are quite effective at preventing UV damage. You could also use an umbrella or cover your furniture when it’s not in use.
While sun damage may not be noticeable at first, over time damaging UV rays can really take a toll on your furnishings. By taking the right steps now, you can keep your home interior looking gorgeous for years to come.