If you suffer from allergies, you know how annoying it is! When you’re allergic to outdoor allergens like pollen or pet fur, it can seem like you can never find any relief, even indoors. This is because allergens enter your home on your shoes, though open doors and windows, and more, and then get stuck in your carpets, as well as other surfaces in your home. Because of this, your vacuum can be a great tool in removing allergens from your home and reducing your allergen symptoms. However, you want to make sure that you choose the right vacuum that will be effective in removing allergens for good.
How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaners for Allergies
There are a ton of vacuum options out there, and some are more effective at removing allergens than others. The price of a vacuum doesn’t always indicate how good it will be at removing allergens. Instead, you will want to look for the following features:
A HEPA Filter
HEPA filter stands for high-efficiency particulate air filter. A HEPA filter is a microporous filter that traps small particles of dust, dander, and debris. If your vacuum doesn’t have a HEPA filter, it will tend to circulate particles back into your air. A HEPA filter can trap and store large amounts of the pesky particles so that they do not reenter the air and aggravate an allergic person’s immune system.
Anti-allergen seals are a special technology that pairs with HEPA filters. They keep the canister locked tightly as to trap all the dust, debris, and particles inside the vacuum canister. You want to make sure to choose a vacuum with both a good filter and good seals to trap all allergens.
Strong Suction Technology
You want a vacuum with strong suction so that it can lift allergens in the first place. It can be tricky to find the vacuum with the best suction, but in general vacuums with suction control have a higher max suction than other vacuums (just make sure to use the highest settings when you vacuum). Another option is to read the description of many units and look for ones that boast about the suction strength.
You will want to search for a vacuum cleaner that has low emissions. Emissions are the pollutants that come from a vacuum cleaner while the person is vacuuming. If you have ever had a vacuum that spits stuff at your feet while you were vacuuming, that is a vacuum with poor emission control. Make sure that you choose a vacuum with tight craftsmanship and high-tech seals to reduce the amount of emissions that it produces.
Professional Carpet Cleaners for Allergic Reaction Reduction
Vacuuming regularly with a good vacuum can help reduce the allergens in your home and improve your allergy symptoms. However, even the best vacuum can’t remove everything in your carpets. That’s where a professional carpet cleaner like Great American Chem-Dry comes in. Chem-Dry uses a proprietary Hot Carbonation Extraction cleaning process that has been independently tested by a leading air quality laboratory and proven to remove an average of 98% of common household allergens from the carpets and upholstery we clean.
So for the best way to keep allergy symptoms at bay, vacuum daily with a good quality anti-allergy vacuum cleaner and have your carpets professionally cleaned every 3-4 months.