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With summer in full swing, you may want to keep some window shades open to take advantage of the cheerful light and long days. But if you want to also preserve a sense of privacy, consider window films — summer's version of storm windows, in a way. But instead of stopping air leaks, window films stop passersby from peeking in.
Light-filtering films allow those in houses, condos or apartments with tight quarters to leave the curtains drawn. In the apartment complex that I am in, for example, I can see into three apartments across the quad, so some further separation would be nice!
Letting in more light also reduces the need for electrical lighting, conserving energy. And films with fun geometric patterns have a design benefit, too.
Applying window films can be tricky. It's best to have help and to read the directions multiple times. There are also a lot of helpful videos online that walk you through cleaning and prepping the glass and applying the film.
How to apply window film:
Clean the glass — and Windex won't always cut it. Some instructions indicate to apply a solution that's included with the product and then scrape off any debris with a razor blade.
Measure and cut the film.
Get a friend's help to peel the backing off the film while spraying it with the application solution.
Apply the film to the glass and squeegee it flat to the window.
Trim the film.
Most window films cannot be taken off and reapplied at will, and may involve some elbow grease and Goo Gone should you ever want to replace them.