When the sun comes out, especially here in the cloudy Pacific Northwest, we all do a little happy dance. But that summer sun also comes with some harsh UV rays that can fade furniture and artwork. You may have asked yourself: do windows block UV rays? They can with our Museum Grade window inserts, which we created since you can’t let the sun do its sun-thing unchecked!
It’s the reason we slather on sunblock, right? Summer sun can damage more than your skin. UV radiation goes right through your windows to fade furniture, wood floors, artwork and rugs. (And that’s a huge bummer because those items are expensive.) A single-pane window lets in 90 percent of UV radiation and a standard double-pane window 80 percent.
Museum Grade window inserts block 98 percent of the ultraviolet radiation from damaging your belongings through your windows.
So what is UV light anyway? The sun’s energy has three parts: ultraviolet radiation, visible light (think rainbow!), and infrared radiation. Ultraviolet radiation is invisible to the human eye and has the shortest wavelength of the three types. It can break down the chemical bonds present in dyes and plays a large role in changing the color of wood floors or fading fabrics and artwork.
We thought it was so cool when the owner of a Case Study house, homes commissioned by Art & Architecture Magazine after WW II, used Indow inserts in the clerestory windows without curtains to help protect artwork from fading. We’re in #26 and thrilled to be there.
Our inserts have gone in everywhere from the Homewood Museum on Johns Hopkins University campus to a family home in Hickory Creek, Texas where the sun was doing its sun-thing on the family’s artwork and leather furniture.
We like to imagine they all did little happy dances after our Musueum Grade inserts were installed!