Windows are a great way to let in natural light from outside. Natural light doesn't just save you money on your energy bills, but the vitamin D you absorb from the sun's ultraviolet rays can actually improve your mood. While the benefits of keeping your windows drape-free are plentiful, you don't exactly want the world to have a peek inside your home. You want to keep things private. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to let the light in, without forfeiting your privacy.

Privacy Film

Consider installing a privacy film on your windows. The film makes your window function similar to a two-way window. You can clearly see out the window, but those on the outside won't be able to view inside your home. In addition to increasing privacy, some brands of film also reduce the amount of heat that is able to penetrate through your glass.

During the warmer months of the year, this can help keep your home cooling costs down. There are a number of do-it-yourself tutorials on the web you can follow to install the film, but it's generally best to leave this task to a professional. If you don't apply the application correctly, you may have air bubbles in the film. This doesn't just look bad, but this could also weaken the adhesive, causing the film to detach from the glass.

Electric Glass

Electric glass can transform your windows from clear to opaque with the flick of a switch. A sensor enabled film filled with nano-scale particles is applied over your window. When in the off position, these particles scatter across the glass, absorbing and blocking light. This causes the glass to appear opaque. In the on position, a wireless electrical current is transmitted to the particles. This prevents them from absorbing the light, making the glass transparent.

Before installing this type of feature, it's best to replace any damaged windows in your home first. If you install this feature and replace the window soon after, you will have to pay for reapplication. Replacing the window first ensures you only have to pay for the application once. As an added bonus, you can also control your smart glass from any internet enabled device. This allows you to block or unblock your glass any time, even when you're not at home.

Let the light shine in and know that you can keep your home private without covering your glass with blinds, curtains, or other window coverings. Contact a group like Fas Windows and Doors for more information.