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Best Vacuums for Allergy Sufferers

6 picks from Consumer Reports’ tests

Since part of our job as HVAC experts is to help keep your home’s indoor air clean, we’re covering a slightly different area: vacuums. As you may know, the right vacuum cleaner can have a huge impact on the quality and cleanliness of your home’s air.

It’s the job of your furnace air filter to remove fine allergenic particulates as much as possible, but many times the dust and pet dander can be too much, especially when brought in on shoes and clothing. Especially in the fall when you start to open the windows for that delightful cool, fresh air…

We found this great article describing six top vacuums for allergy sufferers on Consumer Reports.

A good vacuum can be a game-changer for anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies. But if your vacuum spews more dust and debris than it picks up, you could be doing yourself more harm than good.

That’s one reason Consumer Reports measures emissions when we test vacuums. The best vacuums keep dirt well-contained and keep the air clean.

If you’re especially sensitive to dust and allergens, buying a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter is a smart starting point.

“There are newer vacuum cleaners that have different filtration systems, but we always recommend that a HEPA filter is there somewhere,” says Sanaz Eftekhari, director of corporate affairs at The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. “The HEPA filter will trap the matters and molecules that are coming in, so they won’t go back into the air.”

Another consideration is whether the vacuum has a bag or is bagless. While many of the bagless vacuums in our tests have low emissions, emptying the bin of a bagless vacuum can be a bit of a mess.

Ultimate, the choice of the right vacuum is up to you, but having this sort of advice is handy when making a decision.

See the entire article here.