Spring brings about many things — longer days, warmer weather, and pollen. If you’re one of the 36 million people who suffer from seasonal allergies, that last thing probably isn’t something you look forward to. Unfortunately, pollen and many other allergens come alive in the spring. While you may not be able to avoid them completely, you can limit your exposure to them by keeping your windows in good shape and choosing the right treatments.
Because fabric traps allergens and is harder to clean, you’ll want to stay away from heavy drapes in the spring. Instead, opt for fabric-free choices, like:
Shutters are typically made from natural wood, vinyl, and PolyCore, all materials that can be cleaned with the quick wipe of a cloth. Allergens aside, they’re also a top choice for homes in the spring because they can easily be adjusted to limit sunlight or allow it in.
Wood blinds are luxurious, long-lasting, and easy to clean. Not to mention, they’re less expensive than you may think. Similar to shutters, running a microfiber cloth over the wood a few times a week can help keep allergens out of your house.
Caulking is important for a few reasons — it holds your windows in place, keeps warm air outside (or inside), and prevents critters and allergens from coming inside. Even the smallest crack can allow pollen, dander, dust, and mold spores to pass from the great outdoors into your home.
Keep Your Windows Closed
It may be tempting to throw the windows open at the first sign of spring, but remember that you’ll be letting more than just a warm breeze in. Though you certainly don’t have to keep them closed all day long, you shouldn’t open your windows if:
- The weather is unseasonably warm. Mold and dust counts tend to be higher on warm days.
- A rain shower just passed through. Mold spores thrive on water and humidity.
- It’s early in the morning. Weeds, trees, and grass release the most pollen early in the day.
At Timeless & Chic, we pledge to do so much more than just help you find window treatments you’ll love. With high-quality products and services that will exceed your expectations and add beauty and safety to your environment, we’ll help you create the space of your (and your children’s) dreams!