Many new workplaces today have large windows that let in plenty of sunlight. The objective is to create a bright workspace that boosts mood and productivity. As long as these windows are covered with solar window film, you don’t have anything to worry about. But if you sit by a window that is not protected, it’s important to understand the potential dangers to your health and what you can do about them.
Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays
Normal glass blocks all of UVB rays, but not UVA rays. Both of these rays are harmful, but it’s only UVA rays to worry about when you’re indoors. Here are a few differences between the two types of rays.
- Considered the main sunburn ray
- Causes skin cancer and skin damage
- Intensity of UVB rays vary based on location, season and time of day
- Penetrates more deeply than UVB rays
- Causes wrinkles and sun damage
- Can cause skin cancer
Commercial Window Film
If you sit by a window at work, it’s nice to have the natural sunlight to boost your mood, focus and energy. Sitting in a dark environment can drain your energy and even lead to symptoms of depression. Fortunately, you can have your cake and it, too. The key is making sure that the windows you sit by are protected with window film. Many commercial buildings use them, but some don’t.
Solar window film blocks 99% of UVA rays, significantly reducing the risk of sun damage and skin cancer. They also offer the following benefits for commercial buildings:
- Durable, scratch-resistant coating
- Easy maintenance and cleaning
- Improved light quality
- Reduced glare and fading
- Removal of unwanted heat and hot spots
- Balanced climate
- Lowered energy bills
Better Work Environments
Just because the windows look normal doesn’t mean that they don’t have protective film on them. Solar film is transparent, so it’s hard to notice that it’s applied to the inside of the window unless you know it’s there. The best thing to do is ask management or the building supervisor if window film is installed on the windows. Any building with large windows should have it.
If your building doesn’t currently have solar film, see who you can talk to about having it installed. It’s an investment that offers all the advantages listed above plus helps businesses lower their carbon footprint and protect their employees’ health.
Finally, don’t assume that the risk for sun damage or skin cancer is eliminated just because you have window film applied. Even if .01% of sunlight is coming through, this can add up over time. It’s still important to protect your health and wear sunscreen everyday, even when you know you’ll be indoors.