Professional carpet cleanings are the most effective solution to minimizing allergy symptoms. If you think about all the allergens and bacteria floating around in the air, it’s easy to see why the quarterly cleanings alone are not enough. Luckily, technology has brought about reliable anti-allergy vacuum cleaners. These special vacuums help keep your allergy symptoms at bay in between professional cleanings. Let’s work together to make your home as comfortable as possible for those that suffer from seasonal and year-round allergies.
Choosing the Best Vacuum Cleaners for Allergies
Approximately 55 percent of the people in the U.S. have either asthma or allergies. Common allergies pet dander, dust mites and ragweed. Ragweed is commonly found outside, but pet dander and dust mites are household allergens are extremely common.
Allergy medications work wonders these days, but it’s still a good idea to 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. Daily cleaning with a HEPA filter can reduce the number of allergens in the air significantly.
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:
A HEPA Filter
A must. 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 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. Avoid vacuums that spit stuff back into the air as it picks it up off the carpet. The combination of filters and good seals will decrease the number of asthmatic or allergic reactions.
Strong Suction Technology
This one is a little more obvious. The amount of suction that a vacuum cleaner has is highly important to its ability to lift the allergens from the carpet. Pro tip: find a vacuum with suction control. 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.
The amount of emissions a vacuum has goes back filters and seals. Emissions refers to 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. Find a vacuum cleaner that has low emissions!
Professional Carpet Cleaners for Allergic Reaction Deduction
While vacuuming regularly can help those with allergies, you will still need to have your carpet cleaned regularly by a reliable professional carpet cleaner. Professional machines 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. Your friendly neighborhood 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.