Curtains, blinds, or other effective window coverings, are an essential way to ensure your home is healthy. Here’s why.
Curtains are good for insulation
Curtains reduce the amount of air exchange between a cold window and the rest of the room. For keeping heat inside the home, high-quality curtains can reduce heat loss by around 40%. This means you will be less susceptible to illness in winter and will save money on your heating bill.
The insulation efficiency of curtains depends on the fabric type (closed or open weave), colour and weight. Curtains also act as effective insulators to help keep your home cool in the warmer months.
Dust build-up and allergens
Curtains prevent allergens from getting into your rooms. When your windows are open, dust particles and pollen enter your home. Curtains act as a barrier and collect these particles. They also prevent moisture from condensation on windows entering your room at night.
Because curtains collect these particles, it is important to keep your curtains clean to prevent mould, dust and pollen build-up. Mould in particular will result in a less healthy home and is associated with several health problems.
How to clean your curtains
Unhook your curtains, give them a good shake outside, and if they are able to be washed, do so. If your curtains are made of light materials you can run them through the washing machine on a delicate cycle. If they are made of heavier fabric, hand washing is a better option, or you can simply sponge them down with hot water. Hang them in the sun to dry. Consider a professional cleaning service if you are working with particularly delicate or precious fabrics. Talk to your local Harrisons business owner about the best care for your specific curtains.
Correct curtain installation matters for a healthy home
Curtains should completely cover the window, and be as close to the window pane as possible, particularly if insulation or light-blocking are your priorities. This effectively ‘seals’ the room from heat, moisture and light exchange through windows.
Make sure you open your curtains during the day to keep your home healthy
The sun naturally keeps your home warm during the day. It also has antibacterial properties; open your curtains every day to prevent mould developing on the furniture and carpets in your home. Close your curtains at sundown to retain some of the sun's heat, keep your home insulated, and keep your rooms dark so you can enjoy a deeper, more restful sleep - another health tick!
If you would like to know more about how curtains improve health in the home, get in touch with the Harrisons Curtains & Blinds team. We come to your home for a free consultation to assess your window covering needs, and will work alongside you to meet your lifestyle needs, budget and style preferences.