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Professional carpet cleanings are the most effective solution to minimizing allergy symptoms. You should have your carpets professionally cleaned four times per year.

However, this alone is not enough to keep your home happy, healthy and allergen-free.

You will want to find a reliable anti-allergy vacuum cleaner for your daily cleaning to help keep your allergy symptoms at bay in between professional cleanings. The process will help 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 allergens that reside inside of your home.

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. The qualities and features you would look for in a vacuum cleaner for allergies are as follows:

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. 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

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. A shopper will want to look for units that have the filters and good seals because the combination can decrease the number of asthmatic or allergic reactions.

Strong Suction Technology

The amount of suction that a vacuum cleaner has is highly important to its ability to lift the allergens from the carpet. 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.

Low Emissions

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.

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. 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.