Asthma-proofing homes & schools for children
() - June 13, 2009 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – About 14.7 million school days are lost annually — this is asthma’s toll on children’s education. While difficulty in breathing, chest pain, wheezing and other symptoms already bring unbearable discomfort, asthma has stolen from children important opportunities to learn. And with almost 24 percent of Filipino children affected, this prevalent disease becomes not only a problem of the health sector but of schools and parents as well.

One way to prevent asthma is by selecting proper window treatments. According to experts, ordinary curtains can collect as much as one-third of indoor dust and can serve as potent breeding grounds for dust mites. Dust and dust mites are two of the most common triggers of asthma attack, hence, window coverings that can address these can help prevent children being absent from school.

One of these is Hunter Douglas Window Fashions. As a global market leader and innovator since developing the first lightweight aluminum blinds in 1946, Hunter Douglas has been creating window treatments that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also improve indoor health quality and provide relevant solutions for its market.

 “Parents and school administrators should be aware that how they decorate the interiors of their home or school must also improve the lives of their children or pave the way for their students to maximize their schooling,” says Hunter Douglas Philippines president Gigi Lapira. “Children spend most of their time in school and at home so we are accountable to protect them from experiencing asthma attacks while they are in these places.”

Using a carefully researched and proprietary technology, Hunter Douglas products are dust-resistant, which inhibits the proliferation of dust mites. Also, these window treatments repel soil, dirt and stain, and require minimal cleaning so keeping an asthma-protected home is hassle-free.

Asthma-proofing homes and schools will also not compromise aesthetic considerations. All Hunter Douglas products feature sleek designs that can match a wide array of home designs and are streamlined to fit the academic ambience of schools.

Hunter Douglas treatments deflect 65 percent of outside noise, which makes classrooms more conducive to learning and homes more ideal for after-school studying.

 “Everyone has to do their share to improve the quality of learning that Filipino children get and giving them an asthma-free learning environment is something that parents and school administrators can readily address,” notes Lapira.

Hunter Douglas’s window treatments that promotes indoor health does not compromise stylishness and aesthetics. The streamlined design of Window Fashions products can suit any kind of home and any particular room.

For example, the Duette Honeycomb Shades offers versatility for almost all window shapes and sizes — wide and narrow, high and low, square or round.

By seamlessly fusing functionality, aesthetics and indoor health enhancing properties, Hunter Douglas Window Fashions shut down windows against asthma and open new ones for people to live healthier lives.

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