I’ve mentioned allergy screens a couple of times and thought I would show you and explain more about them.
Allergy screens look like two sheets of wire mesh with quilt batting in the middle. They have a ridged design that traps 92% of dust, pollen and mold. They also keep the rain out.
This is a worthy investment if you suffer from outdoor allergies. Take ragweed season as an example…
You are given two choices:
1) Run the air and keep the house shut up all of the time, or
2) Open the windows and suffer.
Of course, option 2 can lead to a severe reaction requiring medical attention.
Using allergy screens does let in some fresh air and that is important. On the mild days you can get fresh air without allergens. Since, they do not let a lot of air in; you can keep the windows open even when it is cool outside.
I use two in each window so the warm air can escape. Or I put the large one in the bottom of the south windows, when the breeze is from the south, and in the top of the north windows so the heat can escape from the house.
The 7” screens cost from $19.95 to $22.99, and the 11” screens cost from $24.75 to $26.00. You can wash them out with water and replacement cartridges can be ordered for $14.90 to $19.99.
In my three-paned window I taped two allergy screens and heavy-duty plastic between them. The frame of the window keeps the plastic and tape secure. I added six cup hooks around each screen to keep them secure on windy days.
In my sliding glass door, I put two 11” screens in sideways. My husband cut two pieces of wood to place against the opposite side of the sliding door to hold them in place.
I even have two screens taped onto my screen doors. It is worthwhile to be able to shut off the air conditioner and keep the pollen out at the same time.