Did you know that allergies and breathing problems are extremely 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. While ragweed is usually found outside, pet dander and dust mites are household allergens. This means that you cannot escape allergies inside unless you take special cleaning precautions.
Carpets are a great filter for trapping allergens in the air. However, if they are not cleaned regularly and properly, they will release these allergens with each step, making allergies even worse. Professional carpet cleanings are the most effective solution to minimizing allergy symptoms. However, unless you’re getting your carpets professionally cleaned weekly (every 3-4 months is recommended for people with breathing problems), it’s not enough alone to control your allergies and asthma. You will want to find a reliable anti-allergy vacuum cleaner for your daily cleaning to help keep your allergy symptoms at bay in between professional cleanings.
How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaners for Allergies
Not all vacuums are created equally. If you want a vacuum that will work to control your allergies and asthma, you have to choose carefully. Just because a vacuum is expensive does’t mean it’s good for allergies. Allergy-friendly vacuum cleaners can be basic and relatively cheap, or they can cost several hundred dollars. What is most important is that they include the following features:
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. You can look for a washable HEPA filter for even better allergen control.
Anti-allergen seals are a special technology that go well with HEPA filters. These seals keep the canister locked tightly as to trap all the dust, debris and particles. You will want to look for vacuums that have both filters and good seals because the combination can trap the most allergens and 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. 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 suction strength.
Another important feature to look for is low emissions. Emissions are the pollutants that come from a vacuum cleaner while the person is vacuuming. If your feet have ever been hit with crumbs or dirt while vacuuming, you have experienced a high emissions vacuum. 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 it stirs up.
Professional Carpet Cleaners for Allergy and Asthma Control
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.