It’s that time again. Spring brings with it many amazing things! Beautiful flowers, trees are blossoming, warmer temps…all come with the Spring season. There is also of course the dreaded…ALLERGIES! Most are at least starting to think about Spring cleaning, and with that comes vacuuming up the junk that winter left. You need to make sure that your vacuum is up to the task! Today we will discuss 6 primary considerations when buying your next vacuum in relation to allergens. Finding the correct vacuum can mean the difference between a good day or a day full of running noses, itchy eyes, and sneezing. So buckle up, and share this with an allergy sufferer in your life!
The Big 6
Does it feel right? – The best vacuum in the world becomes a real drag when it doesn’t maneuver right for who you are or when it simply isn’t comfortable to use (too heavy). It is vital that you push your potential vacuums around a showroom and see which one feels best to you and will work with the kind of cleaning you do.
Grandma’s or Mom’s Vacuum?– The age old question: upright or canister vacuum? There are a lot of factors that go into the decision which one to choose. Do you have lots of throw rugs? Lots of deep pile carpet? Wood floors? Go to a place you can trust and ask a professional. They will direct you in which will be best to fit your needs!
To bag, or not to bag…that is the question! – If allergies are the concern, this is an easy one: BAGGED! A bag provides an extra layer of protection that will allow you to NOT do a lot of work only to let may of the allergens back into your home. Plus you can just throw away the contained dirt and allergens and not have to deal with all the mess.
Pew..what’s that smell! – You might know that you need hospital grade filtration to get all the allergens, but did you know that odor filtration is also important and available? If smells are making you feel sick, you definitely need to make sure that your vacuum has a odor filter!
AWS: The Facts – While AMPS measure power in a motor, AWS (Air Watts) measure the suction power. A typical upright might reach up to 300 AWS, while your typical canister can be as high as 400, but don’t let that make the decision for you…if your filtration system isn’t what it needs to be then the higher AWS can actually be WORSE on your allergies.
Your Vacuum and Auto Height Adjustment – Area rugs to bare floors and then onto plush carpets and then back to bare floors? You MUST have auto height adjustment! This will keep the correct seal so that all those nasty allergens go to the bag and aren’t left on the floor or flying through the air.
These are not the only allergen questions to be asking about your new vacuum, but they certainly will start you on the right path. At the end of the day you might spend a little more time ensuring you get the right vacuum to help mitigate your allergy symptoms. Your health may be even worth the few extra dollars it takes to get the right vacuum!