The sun is shinning and it’s beautiful outside. Thousands of Bay Area residents have scheduled their annual window cleaning so they don’t have to stare through dirt, sap, water spots, fingerprints, and ambiguous looking filth caked on their glass windows. Unfortunately, most homes are at high risk of exposure to toxins, chemicals, allergens, and histamines simply by not scheduling regular screen cleanings.
Because you can’t see the substances in your screens, many people have no idea that harmful histamines, molds and more have been living in your screens for years. When the weather gets nice and you begin to keep the windows open, children are running in and out of the house, doors are opening and closing constantly when you entertain or barbecue… you are letting years of noxious build up breeze into your home.
Below are just a few of the airborne allergens and toxins that are building up in your screens. As the fresh air blows in, so do the below harmful substances and compounds:
- MOLD: According to the Mayo Clinic, molds are very common both inside and outside. This can trigger the release of substances such as histamine, which cause itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and other mold allergy symptoms. Mold can also cause infections or irritant and toxic reactions. Infections caused by mold can lead to a variety of problems from flu-like symptoms to skin infections and even pneumonia.
- DUST MITES: Dust mites (close relatives to ticks and spiders) are too small to see without a microscope. They most commonly hide in house dust and can easily live in your screens, especially when the weather is warm or humid. According to the Mayo Clinic, a dust mite allergy includes sneezing and runny nose. Many people also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing. Dust mites eat skin cells shed by people, and they thrive in warm, humid environments.
- POLLUTION: For the last several decades, high levels of outdoor air pollution have been associated with short-term increases in asthma morbidity and mortality, according to the CDC. Exposures to outdoor plant allergens can be contracted through years of build up in your screens, resulting in hazardous air pollutants, as well as industrial releases of aldehydes and metals. Air pollution has been implicated as one of the factors responsible for the dramatic increase in asthma incidence in recent years.
These are only a few of the allergens, tiny insects, and toxins that could be living in your screens and blowing right into your home. This is a huge health concern that is incredibly easy to protect yourself and your family from. Simply make a point to have all your screens cleaned with an industrial strength pressure washer once a year. It’s not expensive, it takes a few hours, and you dramatically reduce the risk of exposure to allergies and hazardous irritants and infections.
No one wants to be closed indoors when the sun is shinning. Window cleaning will make your house look beautiful, but screen cleanings will make your house feel beautiful and safe.