Clear Views, Safe Indoor Air: Unlocking the Secret of Window Films for Healthier Indoors

July 19, 2023

You may be hearing about the wildfires in Canada wafting smoke into many U.S. states. Communities are being told to limit their time outside to avoid breathing in wildfire smoke. But while keeping windows closed during such times is advisable, it often means sacrificing the light, views, and connection with the outside world. Fortunately, there is a solution that allows you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while breathing safe indoor air: window film. In this blog, we will discuss some factors that make outdoor air quality poor and explore how window film can help you avoid breathing in contaminants.

Understanding Poor Outdoor Air Quality

Before delving into the benefits of window film, it’s essential to understand some reasons that contribute to poor outdoor air quality so you can know what to look out for. Outdoor air pollution can stem from various sources, including: – Industrial Emissions: Factories, power plants, and industrial facilities release pollutants into the air, such as sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and particulate matter. If you work or live in an urban area, you may want to review local emissions levels before deciding to spend long periods of time outdoors. – Vehicle Emissions: Exhaust fumes from cars, trucks, and other vehicles contribute to air pollution through the release of carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and fine particles. – Wildfires: During periods of wildfires, smoke and particulate matter can travel long distances, severely impacting air quality and posing health risks. – Dust and Pollen: Natural sources like dust storms, pollen, and mold spores can also decrease outdoor air quality, particularly for individuals with allergies or respiratory conditions.

Knowing When To Stay Indoors to Breathe Safe Indoor Air

If you’re ever in doubt about the air quality in your area, you can check your area’s air quality index online. For constant monitoring of a particular area – like your car or home – you can also invest in personal air quality monitors, which can keep track of your air quality. Many weather stations and apps provide daily allergen forecasts as well. All of these sources and devices give you a reading so you know when your air quality is good, poor, or somewhere in the middle.

Window Film: A Breath of Fresh Air Indoors

Window film offers a practical solution to maintain clean indoor air during times when the air outside your home or office can be harmful to your health. In addition to allowing you to stay inside breathing safe indoor air while smoke, allergens, or other particulates spread around outdoors, window film offers a number of other benefits that can improve your comfort and your health. Here are some benefits of using window film: – UV protection: Window film can block a significant portion of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which protects your skin and furniture from sun damage. At Clearview Tinting, our 3M Window Films reject up to 97% of UV rays, which can help reduce the risk of certain health conditions associated with prolonged UV exposure. – Energy efficiency: Sun Control window film can improve the energy efficiency of your home or office year round by reducing heat gain during hot weather and heat loss during colder months. This can lower your reliance on air conditioning or heating systems, making you more comfortable and helping the environment. – Glare reduction: Window film can minimize glare caused by direct sunlight. When you’re having to stay indoors due to poor outdoor air quality, glare reduction can increase your comfort indoors as you won’t have to squint while working at your computer, watching TV, chatting with your family or colleagues, or gazing outside to enjoy the view. – Enjoy Outdoor Views All Day: Traditionally, people had to dress their homes and offices with window coverings if they wanted to reduce glare and maintain indoor air temperatures. Blinds and curtains have to be regularly adjusted to be effective. But with window film, you can enjoy natural light throughout the day and still get heat and glare reduction benefits.

Make the Most of Poor Air Quality Days with Window Film from Clearview Tinting

If your community is experiencing poor air quality, you might be upset you can’t stay outdoors for long periods of time. But with the window film qualities discussed above, you can enjoy indoor activities and safely observe what’s happening outside your home or office, whether it’s to watch the smoke roll through, a thunderstorm pass by, or simply a still land or cityscape.

If you’re ready to experience the benefits of window tinting for yourself, contact Clearview Tinting today to schedule a free consultation. We have more than 25 years of experience in the window tint industry, and our team would be more than happy to assist you with all of your window tinting needs. Clearview Tinting serves homeowners and business owners in Northern Ohio and Southern Michigan.