Best Vacuum for Allergy Sufferers
This year's pollen is worse than ever, triggering not only the usual sneezing epidemic but bringing with it a round of stinging burning watery eyes. This year's worse case scenario is also agreed upon by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who have just recently released a similar report.
So what can you do? Contrary to your instinct, locking ourselves up in our homes for the rest of the season won't really make that much of a difference. Pollen, carried through the air, can still filter in through open windows, doorways, and vents. And pollen, being as stick as it is, can be tracked through your house on your pets or family members. Now that we've mentioned pets too, let's go ahead and consider for a moment that this is yet another source for allergies - among others, including your carpet and AC.
So really, what CAN you do? Unfortunately there's no magic wand that makes it go away - but good-ole fashioned cleaning will do the trick. In addition to dusting, you can also be vacuuming and using air purifying filters.
But the main thing is vacuuming. According to therapist Shane McGlaun, "If you suffer from allergies and asthma, vacuuming does more than make your home look better. It can be as important as taking medications to control your condition. Vacuuming is an essential part of limiting exposure to asthma and allergy triggers, such as pet dander, dust mites, pollen and other allergens."
Your carpet/flooring takes up a good 1/4 of your entire home, if not more. This makes vacuuming all the more important, an issue surpassed only by the importance of what KIND of vacuum you're using. Just any old vacuum won't do the trick. You should ideally be getting a vacuum designed for allergies sufferers.
What Kind of Vacuum Should I Get?
There are a lot of different types of vacuums designed for allergy suffers, but the main feature you want to make sure each has is a HEPA filter. HEPA is an acronym for "high efficiency particulate air". Basically HEPA is a type of filter that can trap a large amount of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners would simply recirculate back into the air of your home.
HEPA Filters have high density mats made of randomly arranged fibers. These mats are used as air filters to remove particles such as dust, pollen, mold and bacteria. Here are some good HEPA filters to consider:
Dirt Devil 0105
|Receiving 4.5 out of 5 stars, the 0105 is designed for pet-owners. A hand-held vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, it traps 100% of common allergy causing elements, such as pet dander.
- Features a Powerful Motorized Brush
- Comes With a Five Piece Tool Set
- Easy Empty Bagless Dirt Cup
- Soft Touch Grip
- Clean Air System With Motorguard
- Metal Nozzle Guard
- Center Dirt Path
|This momentum cyclonic upright vacuum cleaner includes 12 amps of power. The HEPA Media Filter makes sure that 99.97% of dust mites, pollen, and ragweed don't escape back into your home.
- Has a Clean Filter Indicator that watches the air flow and alerts you to when it's time to clean the filter.
- The dirt container is easy to empty because there are no messy filters and easy to monitor because it's clear.
- Can clean carpet, bare floors, upholstery, stairs and inside your car with the help of the seven height adjustments.
Hoover U831900 WindTunnel 2
|A HEPA Breathe-Easy Hygienic Filter Bag System that can help eliminate up to 100% of large airborne particulates such as dust and animal dander.
One of the hallmarks of this upright vacuum is its patented WindTunnel 2 technology which not only provides more efficient vacuuming, but also helps trap dirt so that it doesn't scatter back into your carpet.
- Filtration: Breathe-Easy Hygienic Filter Bag System
|MRY7500 Privilege is also ideal for allergy and asthma sufferers because it includes a five-stage HEPA filtration system that has the ability to trap 99.97% of dust and allergens 0.3 microns or larger.
For efficient and thorough cleaning of heavily carpeted areas and rugs, upright vacuum cleaners can't be beat. However, many conventional upright vacuum cleaners can scatter dirt back into carpeting because of poor airflow design.
Featuring a unique center airflow design, this upright vacuum cleaner is one of the best cleaning bypass vacuums on the market. A powerful, 12-amp clean air motor ensures dust, dirt, and debris stay in the vacuum bag where it belongs.
- Body: High impact plastic
- Filtration System: HEPA