When I noticed a few chips in the windows of my home, I didn't worry too much about how it would affect anything. Instead, I mainly focused on how it made my home look, and I secretly cursed the unsightly damage. However, those small chips began to grow until there were large cracks. After having that experience, I decided to dedicate myself to spreading the word about the problems associated damaged glass. Read this blog to find out how damaged glass could affect you and your family members.
If you are a homeowner who chose your present home because it has high windows that let in light while not allowing people to see in -- or you chose a high-rise condo for the same reason -- don't assume you're free from observation yet. The increasing use of drones means that now people can bring cameras up to whatever level they need to in order to see into homes, even in high-rise buildings. While there have been no widespread abuses, the possibility remains that someone could use a camera on a drone to peep inside your home. Here are three things you need to know about dealing with drones outside your window, including one very easy way to block their view.
Laws Are Still Forming
While most states do have Peeping-Tom laws, NPR says it's not clear if these laws would always apply to drone usage since it is such a new technology, and in fact, Bloomberg Business says some states, like California, have been contemplating adding new or adjusting existing laws to cover drone usage. The upshot is that you can't rely on the law to prevent drones from peeking inside, which means that if police or the courts in your state determine that the drone isn't breaking any laws, you really won't be able to stop the drone's owner from sending it around.
It Might Not Be Able to See You, But You Can't Tell
There have been cases where drones have appeared outside homes and condos facing the other way. The drones were sent up to do landscaping and architectural surveys and did not have film of the residential units nearby. However, that was little comfort for residents who were used to walking around in various states because their windows were not facing anything. If a drone appears outside your window, you really won't be able to tell if it's looking at you or looking somewhere else, and covering your window most of the time may start to sound like a good idea.
You Still Need Light
The problem with covering your window is that you may still want that natural light and to see out, especially if you bought your place with the view in mind. Curtains and blinds will block everything, but there's another option: residential window tinting. These films, which also help control thermal transfer and glare, can obscure the view inside your home while still allowing you to see out. Some films also allow night views outside, though you should be aware that if you have your lights on inside your home, a drone could possibly see what's going on inside at night. Still though, adding window film that's tinted for privacy is an easy way to get your solitude back without turning you into a mole person, hiding from sunlight.
If you'd like to know more about adding tinted window films, contact window installers and film manufacturers. There are many varieties of films available, and you can find a version that works well for you.