As the sneezing season is coming closer, it’s time to think about allergy-proofing your home. Since windows provide direct access to the outdoors, it’s important to pay special attention to their maintenance. Take advantage of the following tips to keep as many allergens out as possible.
- Washing Your Windows Frequently
When windows and frames are covered in dust and grime, they create an excellent environment for dust mites. No matter what type or size windows you have, they tend to attract plenty of dust all season long.
Making sure windows are clean both inside and out removes dust mites and mold spores, keeping the air in your home clean. You can wipe the windowsills and frames with a 5% bleach-to-water solution for the best results.
- Move Your Air Purifier Closer to the Window
Air purifiers do an excellent job keeping mold spores, dust mites, and other allergens at bay. The closer you place the appliance to the source of these contaminants, the fewer chances you have of encountering them in your room.
Make sure you are using a purifier with a HEPA filter. It can battle up to 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns in diameter. Some purifiers have additional filters designed specifically to capture allergens.
- Invest in Synthetic Curtains
Heavy drapes and slatted blinds are excellent dust collectors. When the allergy season rolls around, these window covers make it hard to battle airborne contaminants. They collect dust, pollen, and mold spores while being tough to clean.
Ideally, you should invest in synthetic curtains. If you are a fan or shutters, make sure the slats are large enough for easy vacuuming. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
When washing curtains, use hot water so it kills all the dust mites and mold spores, clinging to it.
Consider investing in window film and removing curtains altogether.
- Fill in the Cracks
Check your window frames carefully for any cracks or gaps. No matter how well you treat your windows, one little crack can let all the unwanted particles enter your home. Inspect the caulking around your windows for any visible damage. Replace damaged frames and windowsills.
When you hire professional window cleaners, ask them to inspect windows carefully. They may discover problems that you’ve overlooked.
Your main goal is to keep allergens from entering your home. However, since it’s impossible to keep windows closed at all times, make it harder for them to stay inside.