With summer right around the corner, it’s tempting to think we’re out of the woods as far as seasonal allergies are concerned. After all, the yellow pollen is gone and the azaleas have finished blooming. We’re safe, right? Not quite.
While most people breathe a sigh of relief once spring is over, others aren’t so lucky – especially those who suffer from respiratory issues all year. Whether it’s mold allergies exacerbated by heavy rainfall and humidity, or asthma that flares up while you’re trying to enjoy an afternoon at the beach, one thing is certain: you want to feel better. While I can’t offer a cure for these issues, I do know a way to help alleviate many of the symptoms. It begins with your windows.
Reveal™ Aluminum Blinds by Hunter Douglas
Hypoallergenic Window Treatments
There are many window treatments that are hypoallergenic, which means they won’t cause an allergic reaction or aggravate existing respiratory conditions.
Heavy drapes are dust magnets. Trading them out with blinds with small slats is better for your health. Blinds with larger slats and shades that are easy to wipe down or vacuum will make your life even more pleasant. In fact, many shade fabrics are specially treated to repel dust and dirt. The aluminum horizontal blinds by Hunter Douglas are also treated with Dust Shield™, an anti-static paint additive that inhibits dust build-up, making them one of my top recommendations for allergy sufferers.
Tips to Reduce Allergens on All Window Treatments
While hypoallergenic window treatments will drastically cut down allergens, the fight to keep your home healthy is a lot like football – the best line of defense is a good offense. Follow these tips to attack allergens before they have a chance to take hold in your home:
- That warm summer breeze might feel nice, but it’s carrying all sorts of irritants into your home. Keep your windows shut and turn up the AC instead, especially after a summer thunderstorm. (Mold spores love moisture!)
- If you want to air out your home, do it in the late afternoon, as plants tend to pollinate during the early morning hours. Just make sure you shut your windows before you go to bed!
- This may seem obvious, but it has to be said: Clean your windows and window coverings regularly. If you can’t bear to part with your curtains, invest in washable, lightweight fabrics and throw them in the washing machine as soon as you start sneezing!
- An estimated 70 percent of allergy sufferers are allergic to dust. For allergy sufferers, a solution of water with 5 percent bleach will rid your windowsills of mites, mold spores and dust. While you might be tempted to skip regular cleanings during the summer months in favor of margaritas on the back porch, stay strong and stick to your guns. Your nose and lungs will thank you.
If year-round allergies or respiratory issues affect you or someone you love, come visit us at Strickland’s Window Coverings. Together we’ll find a way to create a home that feels like a breath of fresh air.
Fred Kumpel is the owner of Strickland’s Window Coverings and Carolina Closet Company. Fred has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Strickland’s Window Coverings is a window treatment design center specializing in custom blinds, shades, shutters and fabric treatments for more than 70 years. Carolina Closet Company provides professionally designed and custom built organization solutions. Our complete line of home organization solutions includes unique solutions to organize closets, pantries, garages, basements, laundry rooms as well as Murphy Beds. To learn more, visit www.stricklandswindowcoverings.com and www.closetsbythesea.com. Fred can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 910.762.0944.