Vacuum cleaner sucks the dust particle with air pressure into its bag or bin. It needs to exhaust air while doing this all things. The air which exhaust by vacuum cleaner might contains the allergy borne disease causing dust mites, bacteria and viruses. To avoid all these nasty things, before exhausting air pass through the one or more filters which will block, trap the dust particles and purified air blown into your living room. HEPA filter is well known filter which capable to remove 0.3 micron dust particles plays vital role in vacuum cleaners which are made for allergy, asthma suffers. Try our Vacuum Cleaner selector to choose right Vacuum Cleaner by answering simple questions without reading any buying guide.
Here we are presenting few things that you have to consider while purchasing vacuum cleaners for asthma sufferers.
Whatever, vacuum cleaner type or brand you are choosing, vacuum cleaner must be work absolutely so that it can handle, block all type of allergens that effect on the asthma and allergies. HEPA filter is well known for the their fine filtration system. HEPA filter is made up of glass fibers which are arranged in such a manner that form a heavy pile of mesh which pass the air but block the dust particles, contaminants present in air and after that purified fresh air released back into your living room. HEPA filters can work well only when it air tight sealed container within in a vacuum cleaner. If your vacuum cleaner filter container have air gaps HEPA loses its working efficiency. Therefore before purchasing vacuum cleaner for asthma sufferers must look for the HEPA filter and observe that HEPA filter container not have any air gaps.
However, HEPA filter capable to block 0.3 micron contaminated particles but HEPA filter ineffective to treat bad odour, unpleasant smell which generated during vacuuming, cleaning. Activated Carbon or charcoal is best filters to purify the bad odour. Activated carbon absorb the odour particles and makes the fresh air back into home.
HEPA, Activated Carbon filters non-reusable and have replace time to time depending on the usage. It is advisable to non-reusable filters for asthma sufferers because reusable, washable filters looses its efficiency and effectiveness as you wash and use.
Carpet surface attract the dust, dirt particles and they are house for the dust mites. To remove these embedded dust, dust mites from long pile carpet needed a high powered vacuum cleaner. Upright vacuum cleaner are perfect and experts in cleaning any type of carpet. If you are asthma sufferer and have whole home covered with carpet go for the upright vacuum cleaner. Despite the fact, upright vacuum cleaners are very very new to India, only few models of upright vacuum cleaner are available in India now. If you have less or no carpet area, then go for the canister vacuum cleaner equipped with HEPA filter.
|Feature for asthama vacuum cleaner||Suggestion|
|Filter type||HEPA filter, Non reusable filter|
|Vacuum cleaner type||For large carpet area you have to go for the Upright vacuum cleaner else go for the Canister vacuum cleaner.|
|Bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner||Bagged|
Before going to elaborate which vacuum cleaner bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner are suitable for the asthma sufferers, here we are explaining what actually they are. The bagged vacuum cleaner integrated with a dust bag, in which whatever collected dust, dirt stored. Whereas bagless vacuum cleaner are integrated with transparent bin where collect dust stored.
Now the question is which one suitable for asthma sufferers? Bagged or bagless? Bagless vacuum cleaners are very allergy unfriendly. In bagless vacuum cleaner dust stay in bin, on full of bin have to manually detach the bin from vacuum cleaner and empty into dust bin. During this whole process the chances of contact with dust is more, which you don’t want. Whereas in bagged vacuum cleaner dust stays in bag, these bags are disposable or reusable. In case of disposable bags, just detach bag from vacuum cleaner and throw in dust bin, chances of dust interact is very less whereas reusable bags have to empty, if need wash too. Chances of dust contact by using reusable bag much more. If you are prone asthma sufferers, reusable - bagged vacuum cleaner is should be your choice.
Most and compulsive advice is before buying vacuum cleaner in India, must check the their disposable or reusable bags are available in market or not. The current status is, vacuum cleaner manufacturers are selling their products on online stores whereas their bags are not at all available in marketing and if available but on overcharge price. You can know more about bagged vs bagless vacuum cleaner on our other post
Above are the basic, mandatory things look before buying a vacuum cleaner for asthma and allergy sufferers. Moreover, there are some other small things that also can help to asthma sufferers.
Actually vacuum cleaner noise is not a big factor to choosing right one for asthma sufferers but here are the some of the quiet vacuum cleaner features that helps to asthma, allergy sufferers. Generally quieter vacuum cleaners are properly insulated and sealed to make less noise and at the same time avoids, minimize the exhausting dust particles in outside environment.
Generally high power motor provides high suction capacity when it clubbed with proper filter. High suction vacuum cleaner capable to suck most of the dust particle, dust mites which are embedded in carpet, sofa and bed
There are many vacuum cleaners that claim to be the best for asthma and allergies on the market today, but they are not. Therefore, to identify the best vacuum cleaners for asthma and allergies, they must be AAFA compliant, they must come with HEPA filtration, and have high level of filtration. You must also be ready to spend a little be more because they are always costly. With the above guide, you should be able to identify the best vacuum cleaners for asthma and allergies.