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With summer in full swing, it can be easy to spend all of your free time outside and forget to take care of things in your home. All that sunshine is a wonderful thing for days at the pool, but for your hardwood floors, the UV and IR rays can be a bit dangerous. Over time direct sunlight can cause fading and color degradation. While ultraviolet (UV) rays, are big culprits of this, infrared (IR), rays carry most of the sun’s heat and are also a danger to your hardwood’s color and overall quality. It’s more complicated than you’d first think! That’s why Floor Coverings International has put together a few tips to make sure you’re taking care of hardwood floors this summer.

  1. Low-E Glass.

If you’re looking to replace windows any time in the future, it’s a good idea to go with a variety of Low-E glass. These windows are specially made to block harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays.

  1. Solar Window Films.

Not ready to replace your windows? Window films are thin, translucent sheets that attach to your windows and filter out those IR and UV rays. The high-quality options out there can block up to 99.9 percent of harmful sunlight. This means that they also catch those IR rays that increase heat, which can lower your energy bill. Lastly, ones with a slight tint help to reduce glare inside your house. Your squinting days are over!

  1. Old-Fashioned Coverings.

If you’re looking for a quick fix, the best option is the obvious one: invest in a set of curtains or drapes. There are options out there that specifically block IR rays, and that can keep your home cooler on hot days.

The flooring experts at Floor Coverings International wish you a wonderful summer!

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