can your vacuum reduce your allergiesIf you suffer from allergies, you’re probably looking for any way to reduce your symptoms. Have you thought about your vacuum? It turns out that carpets and upholstery trap and collect allergens, making them a huge source of allergies in the home. The best way to solve this? Your vacuum of course! Yes, vacuuming can indeed help reduce allergies. However, not all vacuums are created equal. It’s important to choose the right vacuum if you want to get the most benefits and relief for your allergies.

How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaners for Allergies

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:

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. 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. Don’t skimp on suction, because it’s the first step in removing allergens completely from carpets. All of the fooling depend on a vacuum having good suction to be most effective.

Low Emissions

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’ve ever felt dirt or crumbs shoot back at your feet while vacuuming, you’ve experienced emissions. A unit must have tight craftsmanship and high-tech seals to reduce the amount of emissions that it produces, and thus the amount of allergens that it release back into the home.

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

Anti-allergen seals are a special anti-allergen technology that pair well with HEPA filters to trap allergens most effectively. They keep the canister locked tightly as to trap all the dust, debris and particles. You’ll want to look for units that have both a HEPA filter and good seals because the combination can decrease the number of asthmatic or allergic reactions. And again, these are useless if you do not have a vacuum with good suction to pick up these particles in the first place. 

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, bacteria and allergens that regular vacuuming can’t reach.

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 household 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 common household allergens from the carpets and upholstery we clean. And when a sanitizer was added, Chem-Dry removed an average of 89% of the bacteria in the air.

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. Good luck with taming your allergies!