When you think about fighting allergies, you may not think about getting your carpets cleaned. Most people don’t realize that professional carpet cleanings are the most effective solution to minimizing allergy symptoms. With that said, occasional carpet cleanings aren’t enough. A reliable anti-allergy vacuum cleaner for daily cleaning will help keep your allergy symptoms at bay. A good vacuum will 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 and dust mites are household allergens. They live in your carpets, on your furniture, and in the air. Scary, right?
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 number of allergens in the air significantly.
Allergy-friendly vacuum cleaners can be basic, or they can cost several hundred dollars. As you shop around or check the vacuum you already have, look for these qualities and 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. If your vacuum cleaner doesn’t have a HEPA filter, then these particles will often circulate back into the air. It basically sweeps it off the floor and pushes it into your breathing air instead. A HEPA filter can trap large amounts of these allergenic particles to keep them from creating an allergic reaction in your 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. You’ll want to look for units that have both the filters and good seals. The combination of the two can decrease the number of asthmatic or allergic reactions.
Strong Suction Technology
The amount of suction that a vacuum cleaner has is obviously highly important to its ability to lift the allergens from the carpet. You can look initially for vacuum cleaners that have suction control. Units with suction control usually have more power than ones that do not. Another option is to read the description of many units and look for ones that boast about the suction strength.
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. A unit must have tight craftsmanship and high-tech seals to reduce the amount of emissions that it produces.
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.
Chem-Dry’s cleaning process gets very deep into the carpet, brining grime and bacteria from the bottom up. We are well-known for removing an average of 98% of common household allergens from the carpets and upholstery we clean. (When a sanitizer is added, Chem-Dry removes an average of 89% of the bacteria in the air.) You can learn more about our proprietary Hot Carbonation Extraction cleaning process or see it in action in your own home.
For the absolute best way to keep allergy symptoms at bay, vacuum daily with a good quality anti-allergy vacuum cleaner. Then have your carpets professionally cleaned every 3-4 months.