The vacuum cleaners that you choose for your home can have a large impact on the overall health of your family. For people who suffer with asthma or allergies, the type of vacuum cleaner they have use will make a difference in their day-to-day lives. A good vacuum cleaner will not only clean the carpets, but also control the amount of dust in the air. Vacuum cleaners are known for picking up the dirt that is on carpets, but with the right one, you can even control your air. Filtering out particles such as pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens that are floating around in the air, vacuums are can purify the air that you breathe.
Sealed vs. Unsealed
Because of the importance of the air that we breathe, it is very important to know that the vacuum cleaner that we are using will help clean it. Some vacuum cleaners only spread around the dust instead of capturing it. You might not know that there are actually two type of vacuum cleaners on the market.
One type of vacuum cleaner is called an unsealed vacuum. This type of vacuum cleaner has a standard filter and exhaust that simply spreads the smaller microns of dust particles back into the air. For people who suffer is allergies, this is dangerous and irritating.
A sealed vacuum cleaner is one that uses a HEPA type filter and captures the dust particles rather than send them back into the air. A cannister vacuum cleaner that uses a bag does a very good job of capturing the dust, but tends to lose its suction power as the bag fills up. However, an upright vacuum cleaner, outfitted with a HEPA will contain 99.97% of all particles.
Ease of Disposal
When you look at either a sealed or unsealed vacuum cleaner, you are also looking at the ease of which you will be able to get rid of the dust. As stated, the cannister vacuum cleaners work well for this as you simply remove the bag that the dirt and dust is contained in and dispose of it. This does require that you continue to change the bag with a new one. An upright vacuum cleaner has an open container that does not have a bag. Rather, there is a cup that captures the hair, dust, dirt, and other particles. When it is full, simply dump it and place the cup back into the vacuum cleaner.
A sealed vacuum cleaner will purify the air as it is working. The filtration is one that does not release its exhaust outside and will remove 99.97% of the harmful dust particles in the air. These filters are also reusable.
Unsealed vacuum cleaners, such as a wet/dry vac, will only collect the dirt and other particles, but will release smaller dust back into the air. In fact, an unsealed vacuum cleaner will actually stir up the dust and move it around. This will cause asthma attacks, and allergic reactions after vacuuming.
If you suffer from asthma, or have allergies, you should look into a sealed vacuum cleaner. They will create a better living environment and help you breathe easier.