Vacuum Cleaners for Allergies
More and more people are suffering from allergies these days, and it only worsens every year with the arrival of Spring time.
Regular cleaning can help to alleviate some of the symptoms caused by asthma, breathing sensitivities or allergies to dust mites, pet hair, mould and dirt in the home. But this is not the end of it. The truth is, you absolutely must invest in a high quality HEPA water filtration vacuum cleaner that will not re-emit allergens back into the air...
Otherwise, regular vacuuming can can do more harm than good by stirring up particles that were previously settled and blowing it back into the moving air that you breathe. A total nightmare for allergy and asthma sufferers!
A hypoallergenic vacuum cleaner is the best way forward.
What Makes the Best Hypoallergenic Vacuum Cleaner?
If you’re shopping for a hypoallergenic HEPA vacuum cleaner for asthma and allergies, there are a couple of things to consider.
Surfaces and Vacuum Type
Let’s start with the size of your home and the types of surfaces that you intend to clean. Is your home mostly carpeted or do you need to clean hard wooden or tile floors? Your answer will help to determine which type of vacuum you need. Carpeted floors would be better suited to upright models that have a beater bar to whip up the dust and dirt that is located deeper in the shag or pile of the carpet. But if your floors are wood or tile, a canister vacuum will be able to glide over them easily whilst providing a thorough clean.
Realistically, your home is going to have an assortment of surfaces. But think about what the majority will be. Plus, the better models also come with different accessories and nozzles to help you adapt to different surfaces in the home (more on this below).
HEPA Filtration and Water Filtration
HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air. In order to have the HEPA classification, a filter must be able to retain all particles 0.3 microns in size or larger at an efficiency level of 99.97%.
Most airborne particles are about 2.4 microns in size, which means that the HEPA filter is able to capture the large majority of allergens. But some particles are smaller and need to be passed through another level of filtration for added security, such as a water filtration component. Water filtration vacuums are able to capture particles and keep them suspended in the water (held in a tank).
Hypoallergenic vacuums that combine these two types of filtration are effective and can help you to achieve a truly clean home.
It’s also useful to note that the position of the HEPA filter is important. It must be installed so that the air can pass through the motor before passing through the HEPA filter. This way, the airflow from the motor will be cleansed of particles before being emitted back into the air.
Most often, you will find that this is only possible with canister-type vacuums like the Sirena HEPA Filter Vacuum.
The entire filtration system should be sealed so that during the process of vacuuming, no allergens can escape back into the air. This includes the HEPA filter and water filtration components.
Bag or Bagless
A bagged-vacuum can work perfectly well for individuals who don’t have allergies or asthma. But here at Vitality4Life we believe that the best vacuum cleaners for asthma sufferers are bagless.
Low quality or torn bags can compromise the suction power of the vacuum. And even the highest quality bags can tear or wear down, especially if it is old and you have forgotten to change it. On top of this, if you buy a substitute bag from a cheaper seller instead of the original manufacturer, this creates even more room for mishap.
The process of emptying a bag is also another hurdle and it’s possible that particles can escape during this process (especially if the bag does not seal automatically and you must empty the dry dust out by pouring).
On the other hand, a water filtration vacuum cleaner like the Sirena would have captured all of the particles in the water tank. When suspended in water, they can be safely poured out into the toilet and flushed away without risk of re-dispersion.
Attachments and Nozzles
Allergy sufferers should also look for HEPA vacuum cleaners that come with a practical assortment of attachments and nozzles that will help clean hard-to-reach and tight spaces. Crevice tools, hoses, dusting brushes, upholstery tools and power nozzles will be invaluable as you will need to be able to reach and extract particles from difficult spaces where most allergens lurk.
The edge of your carpets where they meet the walls are often bacteria and allergen hotspots! So make sure your HEPA filter vacuum comes with a suitable nozzle or edge cleaner for this area.
It will also come in handy if the vacuum is able to handle both wet and dry scenarios. The Sirena comes with a wet and dry hose for this purpose.
Suction and Motor Power
For a deep clean that pulls in particles effectively, you need a vacuum that is has a powerful motor and good suction. There’s no point having a superior filtration system if the vacuum is unable to pick up the dirt in the first place!
Suction, motor power and the filtration system all need to work perfectly in order to deliver a deep and effective clean.
The Sirena comes with a two speed 1200W Italian motor and is bagless, thus ensuring optimal suction and power.
The best vacuum cleaners for asthma and allergy sufferers are adjustable. This is especially important if you have mobility concerns or simply wish to vacuum in comfort.
Another important consideration is the quality of the vacuum itself. If the wheels were to break, or if certain parts could no longer swivel, this would make the task of vacuuming even more difficult. So invest in a high quality model from a trusted manufacturer that offers a good warranty.
If you can, test the vacuum in the showroom or watch a demonstration video. We have included the Sirena demonstration video here:
The Sirena is trigger activated and carpet height adjustable.
Noise pollution is never good, and you don’t want a model that is insufferably loud to use as you will be vacuuming regularly.
On the decibel scale, the Sirena sits at about 69-71 decibels. This is on par with typical vacuum cleaners on the market.
As we mentioned above, it makes much more sense to invest in a high quality vacuum cleaner that will not degrade or break over time. For allergy and asthma sufferers the best vacuum cleaners must do the job perfectly and thoroughly, every time. That’s why you will find long warranty periods for top quality models.
As an example, we previously compared the Rainbow vs the Sirena water filtration vacuums. The Sirena is Canadian engineered and offers a 10 year warranty / 3 year parts warranty while the Rainbow offers an 8 year warranty / 4 year parts warranty. On top of this, the Sirena comes in at a lower price point for the same (if not better) quality.
That about wraps up this post! We hope this article has helped you to understand what makes the best vacuum cleaner for dust mite, allergy and asthma sufferers. And we also hope that a good hypoallergenic vacuum cleaner will help to liberate your home from allergens and end any discomfort you are experiencing.
Please let us know what you think in the comments below.