Professional carpet cleanings are the most effective solution to minimizing allergy symptons. However, the quarterly cleanings alone are not enough. You will want to find a reliable anti-allergy vacuum cleaner for your daily cleaning to help keep your allergy symptons at bay in between professional cleanings. You should also purchase household items that have anti-allergy materials, as well. The process will help make your home as comfortable as possible for those that suffer from seasonal and year-round allergies.
How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaners for Allergies
Allergies and breathing problems are common among people in the United States. Approximately 55 percent of the people in the U.S. have either asthma or allergies. Some of the most common allergies that people have are allergies to pet dander, dust mites and ragweed. Ragweed is commonly found outside, but pet dander is also a household allergen.
Part of the solution to keeping one’s allergies at bay is purchasing equipment and products that can help keep allergens down to a minimum. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is one of the most important items that an allergic person can have in the home for their daily cleaning routine because it can reduce the particles in the air significantly. Therefore, if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies, you will benefit from researching to find the best possible vacuum cleaner.
There are many different vacuum cleaners on the market, all with different features and prices. Determining your budget will be the first step in the process of narrowing down the choices. Allergy-friendly vacuum cleaners can be basic, or they can cost several hundred dollars. The qualities and features you would look for in a vacuum cleaner for allergies are as follows:
A HEPA Filter
The acronym HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. The HEPA filter is a microporous filter that traps small particles of dust, dander and debris. Vacuum cleaners that are unequipped with HEPA filters tend to circulate these particles back into the air. The HEPA filter can trap and store large amounts of the pesky particles so that they do not aggravate an allergic person’s immune system.
Anti-allergen seals are a special technology that goes well with HEPA filters. They keep the canister locked tightly as to trap all the dust, debris and particles. A shopper will want to look for units that have the filters and good seals because the combination can decrease the number of asthmatic or allergic reactions.
Strong Suction Technology
The amount of suction that a vacuum cleaner has is highly important to its ability to lift the allergens from the carpet. You will want to look for a unit that has suction controls. Units with suction control usually have more power than ones that do not come with such a control. Another option is to read the description of many units and look for ones that boast about the suction strength. Manufacturers measure suction strength by Airwatts.
You will want to search for a vacuum cleaner that has low emissions. This rating relates back to the HEPA filter and the seals. Emissions are the pollutants that come from a vacuum cleaner while the person is vacuuming. A unit must have tight craftsmanship and high-tech seals to reduce the amount of emissions that it produces.
Using a Comparison Tool to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner
A comparison tool is a website that offers a side-by-side look at several units. You can compare characteristics of a vacuum cleaner such as the price, consumer ratings, voltage, tools, exhaust filter, sizing, suction power and the like. Consumer ratings and reviews are important when evaluating a range of vacuum cleaners. You will want to pay close attention to any negative complaints and not purchase a unit that has several of them. Taking the time to explore and find the best unit for the job will keep the whole family healthier in the end.
Professional Carpet Cleaners for Allergic Reaction Deduction
While vacuuming regularly can help those with allergies, you will want your carpet cleaned by a reliable professional carpet cleaner to extract deeply embedded dirt and dust that regular vacuuming can’t reach. If you suffer from particularly bad allergies, consider cleaning your upholstered furniture, draperies and blinds also.
When choosing a professional carpet cleaner, it’s important to know that not all cleaning methods are the same or provide the same results in removing non-living allergens. Chem-Dry, for example, 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 non-living allergens* from the carpets and upholstery we clean.
So for the best way to keep allergy symptons at bay, vacuum daily with a good quality anti-allergy vacuum cleaner and have your carpets professionally cleaned every 3-4 months. And remember, Chem-Dry's proprietary Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) cleaning process provides a deeper, longer-last clean for a healthier home.
*Based on results from a study conducted by an independent laboratory using the Chem-Dry Hot Carbonating Extraction process. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite matter. Figures are an average across multiple homes.