At Home With Marni Jameson: Window coatings: Not seeing is believing
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Clearly better: Advances in window film, transparent coverings that coat glass, let you get all the beauty of natural daylight, minus the heat, glare and damaging UV rays. Photo courtesy of iwfa.com.

And that’s the problem. How do you know it’s there? Because it’s invisible, I’m tempted to put it in the same category as the Emperor’s New Clothes, or as those who buy and sell galactic stars. I worry that homeowners are buying into some big transparent lie.

It’s like sunscreen for windows, those with more faith tell me. But I want more proof. Plus, I have other concerns about sunscreen for windows:

• I like natural light in a house. “The space has great light,” Realtors will say, pointing out a plus in a home. Why kill it?

• I like sunshine. I grew up on the West Coast, where, before I knew better, getting a great tan was like a second career. When I did know better, I avoided the sun like a bat and coated on sunscreen. Now I have vitamin D deficiency, from not enough sun. Someone is wrong.

• I like conspicuous consumption. I’d rather buy a new area rug or table than some non-obvious, no-fun home improvement, like, say, insulation.

• I’ve seen bad window jobs. And just like nose jobs, you only notice the bad ones.

As it happens, there is a man whose job is to turn unenlightened cretins like me around on this subject.

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