The Difference Between Infrared and UV Light and Why It Matters for Window Film

When it comes to protecting your home or office from the sun’s rays, understanding the difference between infrared and UV light is crucial. Tony Bishop, owner of Clearview Tinting, sheds light on why these differences matter, especially when considering infrared or uv window film solutions for your building.

Classifying Infrared and Ultraviolet Light

Infrared and Ultraviolet light are both types of electromagnetic radiation found on the electromagnetic spectrum. Visible light (the light we see) is also on the electromagnetic light spectrum, along with radio waves and x-rays. The difference between Infrared and Ultraviolet light is that they have different wavelengths. Generally speaking, infrared light is felt as heat while UV light is known for its potential to cause harm to skin and materials because of its higher energy levels. Both are important to understand in terms of window film because both can cause harm to our interior spaces, and ourselves, if we’re not careful. Fortunately, specific types of window film can curb these negative effects while continuing to allow sunshine into our indoor environments.

Infrared Light: The Heat Factor

When it comes to window film, infrared light is primarily associated with heat. It’s the kind of energy that can “bake” your furnishings and flooring, causing them to dry out. “Infrared is more of a heat and energy process,” says Bishop. This heat can be particularly damaging to wooden window sills and drywall, causing them to crack and require frequent painting. Many home and building owners opt for blinds or other window coverings to block out heat from the sun but what this does is trap the heat into a small area between the window and the blind, instead of reflecting the heat away from the inside of your space. This is why drywall and sills of windows without window film can dry out. In addition to causing elements of your home or building to dry out, infrared heat can create uncomfortable temperatures and hot spots in buildings due to its heat characteristics. 

UV Light: The Fading Culprit

UV light, on the other hand, is notorious for causing fading in homes and buildings. “UV rays are what’s going to cause fading; it’s going to damage your skin, hardwood floors, furniture, wood, things of that nature,” Bishop explains. UV rays are absorbed by surfaces, causing them to fade over time. This damage can be seen in as little as six months with consistent UV exposure, which happens mainly on south or west facing windows that get a lot of sunlight. Skylights are notorious for causing fading because they bring in so much light. UV window film installations on skylights can help prevent fading.

Infrared and UV Window Film Products to Consider

Fortunately, 3M produces a number of Sun Control Window Film products to help address some of the issues caused by infrared and UV light. These films come with various levels of reflectivity and darkness to suit a variety of residential and commercial building needs. 3M’s Prestige line is excellent at combating negative effects of infrared heat as it blocks 97% of infrared heat from coming in through windows. It is also a lighter film so residents can enjoy clear views with less heat gain. For individuals looking to reduce the negative effects of UV light or protect their building and furnishings from fading, 3M’s Night Vision line is a great option that significantly reduces the amount of UV rays that enter a home and cause fading. This line also reduces sun glare and allows for excellent visibility outside, especially at night.

Let Clearview Tinting Help Protect Your Space with Infrared or UV Window Film Solutions

When it comes to safeguarding your home or building from the damaging effects of infrared heat and UV light, choosing the right window film is crucial. That’s where Clearview Tinting comes in. Our experts are committed to helping you understand the unique challenges posed by different forms of light and heat. We offer specialized infrared and UV window films tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that your interiors are protected. Trust Clearview Tinting to guide you in selecting the best window film solution for your space.

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 we happily serve homeowners and business owners in Northern Ohio and Southern Michigan.