Find Out How To Stop The Sun From Damaging Your Furnishings

Nothing is more wonderful than a cheerful, warm, and inviting home filled with sunlight.  Sunlight is an essential element in our existence and a fundamental component of green and sustainable design. Buildings with plentiful daylight help keep us physically and emotionally happy. Natural lighting reduces the need to turn on electric during the daytime and cuts energy consumption by 50 to 80 percent, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

Although daylight is essential to us, sunlight can have damaging effects on our interior spaces and furnishings. Many people living in existing homes invest in new windows for this reason.  If investing in new windows is not possible, then consider window films as a suitable solution.

Today’s new window films are very different from the ones of the past. I like 3Ms Prestige Series films for homes because they do not contain any metals, they are transparent, so the light can come in and keep the heat and damage out, without changing the appearance of an interior room or the exterior of your home.

The following are some of the benefits of using today’s new window films:

Protects From Fading Interiors.  Inside your home, everything from artwork, furniture, hardwood floors, area rugs, fabrics, built-ins, custom window treatments to even your skin are at risk. Window films help by filtering visible light, rejecting solar heat and blocking harmful UV light, significantly reducing potential for damage without changing the appearance of your home.

Lowers Energy Bills And Helps The Environment:  Window films can help increase your energy efficiency, reduce cooling costs, and help the environment.  They help in rejecting heat and keeping interior temperatures more controllable and stable, allowing you to run your air conditioning less. Your home will consume less energy, reduce your carbon footprint and save money on utilities.

Solar Protection: It is important to combat solar gain in order to keep your home more comfortable. With natural sunlight comes unwanted heat and hotspots, which can affect your overall comfort and make for a less inviting atmosphere. Window films reject solar energy, provide greater temperature stability and comfort while reducing solar heat gain and bothersome glare.

UV Skin Protection: No matter what time of the year it is, unless glass is specially coated, it will not protect you from UVA rays, which causes both aging and skin cancer.  UVA rays penetrate glass year round, no matter what the season is, leaving you exposed. In order to protect yourself, your children and your pets, you need protection from UVA and UVB rays.

Need some help with your home’s interiors?  Let us guide you through the project process and keep the big picture in focus.  We offer a comprehensive range of Sustainable Interior Design and Consulting Services by the project or consulting basis in Connecticut, New York and areas beyond.  Contact us at 203-984-4695 or

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Lynn Hoffman

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