Part of the process of keeping healthy is avoiding dangers to your health. Most people see this as exercising regularly and eating better foods, but there are many other dangers you should be thinking about. One of those dangers is sunlight. Over exposure to sunlight can cause cancer as well as many other problems. That is why my husband and I decided to have blinds fitted in our conservatory/sunroom to protect our family from the sun.
Receiving sunlight is clearly very important, our bodies rely on it for the natural nutrients (e.g. Vitamin D) but too much exposure to it has been proven to be dangerous. Just search “dangers of the sun” in Google and you’ll get 24,100,000 – that’s 24.1 million results, yes I said million.
Most of the dangers from the sun are ultra violet radiation, this has been scientifically proven to cause skin cancer and is very dangerous if overly exposed to humans in amounts or time. The earth itself has a natural protection for us from the sun, the ozone layer, though it’s being damaged more and more from the greenhouse effect – but we’re getting better at that now.
For the non-science / technical people like myself, this image kind of explains it best:
This post isn’t so much about the dangers because there is a lot of people scientifically trained that will give you much more information about that and most likely much more reliable information. What I’d like to talk about is one specific way of preventing over exposure to sunlight and UV rays. It is related to what I’m doing right this second.
Relaxing in the conservatory.
I burn easily so this is also an advantage to me. A lot of my friends have or had conservatories without any sort of sun protection, they looked empty like this:
Whereas in my house, we have something called perfect fit blinds (by Harrietts), which does 2 things for my family and I:
- Looks very nice in my conservatory, the primary reason we chose them
- Protects me and my family from direct sunlight and UV rays
I personally opted for UV protected pleated blinds, but you can also get perfect fit venetian blinds, roller blinds, and wood venetian blinds.
This is how they look when they’re fitted:
I didn’t want to use a photograph of my own house, so you may notice that there isn’t any blinds on the roof. I personally have this in my house and it works great with the perfect fit blinds system. My house is a bit of a mess, you really do not want to see it!
From a blinds perspective, the reason I’m showing you PerfectFit blinds rather than regular window blinds is that they require no drilling into your conservatory. You can always replace them in the future without any problems. They fit in nicely and look like they’re part of the conservatory rather than an after thought.
I do hope that helps with one avenue of protecting your family from dangerous sunlight. If you are interested in this type of information, I will do a follow up post about keeping your family safe and healthy at home. Please leave a comment if you are interested.