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How to Choose a vacuum cleaner for allergies, asthma and eczema


Although your home may look perfectly clean, if it is thoroughly draught-proofed, warm and slightly humid it will be seething with house dustmites. They will be thriving in the carpets, beds and upholstery. Pet dander and pollen will also be among the airborne allergens in every home.

Asthmatics and those with eczema are often advised to vacuum floors or beds and to dust daily. But if this is done with an ordinary vacuum cleaner and a dry duster it will only mean breathing in yet more allergen as it is churned out by the machine and made airborne by the dusting.

Dust escaping from the body of the machine or through its exhaust filtration system means that airborne allergen particles are easily inhaled and explains the unexpected increase in patients' symptoms recorded after doctors have recommended frequent vacuum cleaning.

Tackling allergens is now big business for vacuum cleaner manufacturers and you'll find that the majority of the more expensive models on the market now offer an HEPA - High Efficiency Particulate Air - filter to pick up tiny allergen particles.

However when purchasing a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter make sure that:

  1. The HEPA filter is positioned after the motor to ensure that the exhaust fan is releasing clean air.

  2. The HEPA filter component and vacuum cleaner are completely sealed so that contaminated air cannot be released into the environment. For anyone with an allergy, how much dust a vacuum cleaner can pick up is irrelevant if it can't retain it.

  3. The HEPA filter has been tested during actual use, not just in isolation in the laboratory,

Our Recommended Vacuum Cleaners for Asthma and Allergies

AllerVac Cleanroom 100 anti-allergy Vacuum Cleaner

This is a certified Microfilter product and its high level of double-HEPA filtration means the air is filtered both on its way into the vacuum and once again before discharge from the machine.

A Class 100 Cleanroom standard is required in environments where no dust can be tolerated such as hospital theatres, surgeries, libraries and archive rooms, electronics assembly facilities, sterile handling suites, computer rooms and even offices that simply require a deep-clean and the highest standards of cleanliness. 

This standard is therefore highly recommended and approved for domestic households with asthma or any serious respiratory or medical condition where dust and airborne particulates are hazardous to health.

AllerVac H13 High Filtration anti-allergy Vacuum Cleaner

The new AllerVac H13 is a lighter weight option of the AllerVac Microfilter vacuum cleaner, It is a HEPA vacuum cleaner designed and built to an exceptional standard, ensuring power, performance and economy where H13 Class filtration is required.

Doctors’, dentists’ and veterinary surgeries, hospitals and care homes, clinics and nurseries, where a 99.995% standard of filtration at a 0.3 micron particle size is required will also achieve this with the AllerVac H13.

This hospital grade cleaning is ideal for homes where there is COPD and other respiratory conditions, dust and pet  allergies, asthma and eczema.