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Choosing The Best Vacuum For Allergy Relief

While most allergy sufferers are quick to protect themselves from contaminants in the great outdoors, many neglect to safeguard their own homes.  Countless pollutants such as dust mites, dead skin cells and pet dander can get trapped in carpeting and upholstery, reducing the air quality of the home.  This is not a big concern for the average person, but for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or other severe respiratory disorders, it can negatively impact their health and well-being.  Many of the contaminants can be eliminated with proper cleaning.  One of the most important factors in maintaining air quality in the home is using a vacuum that is effective in removing harmful particles that are airborne and found on surfaces.

HEPA Filtration

The American Lung Association  suggests that those with carpeting use a vacuum with HEPA filtration to remove contaminants in the home, at least three times each week. HEPA is a high-efficiency particulate air filter, which traps minuscule particles that can be harmful to those with an impaired respiratory system.  In order to be classified as a HEPA, tests must show that the filter is able to trap 99.97% of all particles that are .3 microns or larger.  This is very important, because the most harmful particles to respiratory health are typically .3 microns.

Sealed System Vacuum

Once you remove harmful particles from the home, it is important to keep from re-introducing them back into the air.  If your vacuum cleaner is not properly sealed, contaminants may leak out and actually stir up more pollutants in the air. It does not matter what kind of filter your vacuum has if the particles are escaping prior to filtration. It is essential for proper air-quality to use a sealed system vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration.  One way to assess your vacuum cleaner is by making sure that there are thick rubber seals or gaskets at all connecting points.  When purchasing your vacuum, you can also check the vacuum packaging for a certification of the complete vacuum system, not just the filter.

Bag Filtration System

Another major consideration is whether to purchase a vacuum that uses a canister or a bag to collect all of the dust and contaminants.  Many people choose the bagless system because it is more cost-effective.  However, if you do go with a bagless vacuum, make sure that someone without allergies is emptying the vacuum.  You should always empty your vacuum outside, so that particles are not redistributed in the air.  Your best option, however, is to purchase a vacuum that uses bags that close automatically before you remove them from the vacuum.  Many bags incorporate several layers of filters to ensure that no particles seep out.

A good quality vacuum can drastically reduce the amount of contaminants in your home.  Even if you do not have carpeting, a HEPA filter vacuum can be beneficial to clean hardwood flooring and upholstery.  The key is to thoroughly read up on the vacuum before your purchase, and make sure that the whole system has been certified through adequate testing. Contact Sweeper World for more information.


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