As well as being the most eco-friendly window covering, shutters are also allergy-friendly. One of shutters’ many advantages is their capability to help those suffering from dust mite-related allergies. Dust mite allergies are relatively common: according to the NHS, at least 12 million Britons are allergic to their own home due to the dreaded mite. But how can you tell if you are susceptible to dust mites and how can investing in wooden window shutters help?
Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms
The house dust mite is a microscopic creature which feeds on dead skin cells. It is the mite’s protein-rich droppings as opposed to the mite itself which usually triggers symptoms in sufferers. Although dust mite allergens affect everyone differently, the typical sufferer will experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Respiratory problems: coughing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness or pain
How Can Shutters Help Prevent Allergies?
Choosing the right window treatment can drastically reduce the number of allergens in the home, helping allergy sufferers relax and breathe easier. As windows tend to attract a lot of dust, it is important to choose a window treatment which won’t trap dust and cause a build-up of dust mites. While curtains harbor dust (and, therefore dust mites) and can be a nightmare to take down and clean properly, wooden shutters are easy to clean in situ with just a quick hoover or wipe down. The ease with which they can be cleaned combined with their traditional yet elegant style make shutters the perfect addition to any allergy-suffering home.
At Shutter Design we have an extensive range of made-to-measure wooden shutters in a variety of designs and styles. If you’d like to find out more, contact us and we’d be delighted to discuss the shutter design process with you.