If you suffer from environmental allergies, you have probably tried a lot of things to help reduce your symptoms. You probably know that staying on top of vacuuming can reduce the number of allergens in your home and improve your symptoms. However, did you that not every vacuum is created equal? Here is what you need to look for in a vacuum to ensure that it helps with your allergies, not make them worse.
A HEPA Filter
HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. A HEPA filter is a microporous filter that traps small particles of dust, dander, and other allergens. Not every filter is equipped to deal with these small particles, so it’s important to make sure that your vacuum has a HEPA filter specifically. Vacuums without HEPA filters tend to circulate these small particles into the air, which can make your allergies even worse.
Anti-Allergens seals pair well with HEPA filters to ensure that no allergens leave the vacuum. The anti-allergen seals are located at the vacuum canister, where it stores the debris that has been vacuumed up. These seals prevent anything, especially allergens, from leaving the vacuum.
Strong Suction Technology
Of course, you are going to want a vacuum with strong suction. Allergens are usually very small, and so in order to extract them from the carpet fibers, you need strong suction. Vacuums may not advertise their suction power, but vacuums with variable suction control are usually the best option (just make sure that you set it to the highest setting when you use it!).
If you’ve ever felt something spit out the back of the vacuum while you’re cleaning, you’ve experienced emissions. Emissions are anything that escapes the vacuum, and allergens are one of the most common types. Most newer vacuums have low emissions, but it’s important to double check that your vacuum does.
Start with a Clean Slate
This isn’t specifically a tip about vacuums, but it’s important to know that if you’re just now purchasing an anti-allergen vacuum, it might not be able to handle years of accumulated allergens. You will get much better results and your vacuum will work much better if you have your carpets cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner first. This way you have a clean slate to start with.
Using the right vacuum won’t cure your allergies, but it can certainly help reduce the number of allergens in your home and improve your symptoms.