There are vacuum cleaners specifically designed for allergy sufferers. The most important feature of this kind of vacuum is a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. HEPA filters can trap very small particles that would ordinarily be circulated back into the air by other vacuums.
This high level of filtration is called 1-HEPA filtration. When removing particles of this size you are not only removing allergens you should also need to vacuum less often - a frequent chore for those who suffer from allergies.
Things to look for:
- A cleaner that can get 99.97% of all particles as small as (and including) those that are 0.3 microns in size
- A good variety of attachments which will allow you to hoover all surfaces such as counter tops, windowsills, furniture (wooden and upholstered) and curtains so there is no need to dust
- One approved by the British Allergy Foundation (www.allergyuk.org) an independent organisation offering support and advice for allergy sufferers
The Dyson range has the seal of approval with the trademark Cyclone Technology™ packing a punch when forcing dust and allergens out of the airflow. Other approved vacuums include models by Sebo, Morphy Richards, Hitachi and LG Electronics.
If you currently have or opt for a vacuum which uses bags make sure you change the bag before it is bursting at the seams as the vacuum can lose suction when the bag is full.
No-one’s home should be a battlefield and hopefully this guide can get you the vacuum you need to clear the air and improve your environment.