I’ve had asthma since I was 12, and it’s just started to flare back up again later in life. Those that have asthma will understand that if there is anything you could do to lessen your symptoms, you would seriously consider it.
Since my asthma started up again one month ago, I have started taking ‘Deep Lung Support’ daily, changed my pillow slips to anti-allergy ones, dusted all shelves in my house, and banned myself from sitting in the same chair the cat sleeps in!
I also went and purchased a new vacuum cleaner to help remove as many asthma triggers as I can from the ground and air around me. Two weeks into a cleaner floor and I’m feeling better. Whether it was the new vacuum or not is impossible to say, but no doubt it played a role in my recovery.
My first hand experience of using a vacuum cleaner to reduce asthma symptoms is supported by studies done by people much smarter than I will ever be! There is research that demonstrates that regular vacuum cleaning and dusting significantly reduces the number of harmful allergens, dust, and mites that live in our carpets and rugs.
The best vacuum cleaners for asthma have a sealed system that uses a high quality HEPA filter. The HEPA filter ensures that the dust and grime that you vacuum remains in the sealed dust canister, and doesn’t escape back into the air that is circulating your house.
There is such a wide variety of vacuum cleaners available on the market these days, that researching and choosing one is no simple task! But that’s where we can hopefully help. We have reviewed the best vacuum cleaners for asthma suffers and compiled our learnings in this section.
When making a final decision, keep in mind that paying a little bit more for a higher quality vacuum cleaner can be worth it in the long run, in terms of quality, convenience, performance, and your health.
Here are the key things you should keep in mind when choosing which vacuum cleaner you should purchase to keep your asthma under control.
Bagged or Bagless Vacuums for Asthma?
I’ve written about choosing a bagged or bagless vacuum extensively on my specific Bag VS Bagless Guide. In regards to what is the best choice for people with asthma, the same conclusion still applies: bagged vacuum provide an extra layer of protection from the allergens and should be the type of vacuum cleaner you purchase.
Asthma sufferers will also appreciate owning a vacuum that doesn’t create a little cloud of dust every time it needs emptying. Bagless vacuums are typically emptied by a detachable canister that unclicks from the vacuum, and emptied into a plastic bag or directly into the houses garbage. This isn’t always the tidiest of processes and for me personally, results in a bit of a sneeze frenzy and watery eyes (unless you have really long arms, I suspect this may be the case for you too!).
A bagged vacuum will keep all the dust away from your respiratory system as you conveniently remove and place the bag into the garbage. Most bagged vacuum cleaners these days have an auto-seal feature meaning that once the dust gets into the bag, it is not getting out! Ensure you purchase high quality bags, especially if you have asthma. There are many knockoffs and cheaper imports available for most big brand vacuums, but sticking to the branded product will ensure you have the most allergen-free house possible.
The best vacuum cleaners for people with asthma will come with a range of accessories to ensure no agitating dust is left untouched! Ensure your vacuum cleaner head uses a combination of air driven brushes and suction. Rotating brushes are more effective on getting pesky pet hair out of your carpet fibres. This type of brush is more effective than a basic vacuum head, which will rely on suction only. The next level of brushes will not only suck, and have rotating brushes, but also vibrate to give your carpet a deep clean and loosen any embedded grime that may be deep within the fabric. I personally have a rotating head, without the vibration, and find it is doing the job just fine in helping control my asthma.
My cat sleeps on my couch, which means it is constantly coated with her fluff. My vacuum also comes with a small attachment for upholstery, which makes a visible difference every time I run it over her favourite chair. Ensure your vacuum choice comes with a specific upholstery attachment. Preferably one that has rotating brushes to give the fabric a deep clean with one or two passes (trust me, it’s frustrating of you have a basic non-rotating attachment and try to pick up pet hair. Twenty passes later, and the fluff can still be sticking to the chair!)
An edge cleaner accessory is also particularly important for people with asthma. If you’ve ever given a house a thorough top to bottom clean, you will have seen how much dust and fluff accumulated in the corners of rooms, where the carpet meets the wall. This area has high concentrations of bacteria and mites and should be regularly vacuumed with your edge cleaner attachment.
The best vacuum cleaners for asthma have a bag, a rotating head attachment, and a high quality filter. If asthma is a big problem for you, resist buying the cheapest model you can buy. Read our reviews of the best vacuums cleaners for people with asthma and buy the best you can afford. Also read about the asthma and allergy friendly certification program. They will ensure you get the best of the best if asthma is truly an issue in your life.
If you have asthma, and have any advice for our readers, or questions for our experts, please leave a comment below. Don’t forget that having a clean house can help relieve asthma symptoms, but should be a part of your asthma control regime. A healthy lifestyle, and in some cases effective medication, are also important.