If you suffer from allergies, choosing the right vacuum for you can be a confusing endeavor. With so much advertising and claims from various manufacturers, it can be difficult to know which type of vacuum is the best choice.
Bagless versus bagged vacuums seems to be the biggest question these days, so it is important to know the pros and cons of each style. Bagless machines often make claims about being the healthy choice for allergy sufferers. Those claims are based upon laboratory testing with a new machine under ideal circumstances. Bagless vacuums rely heavily on filters and seals to maintain their claims of helping keep your air clean. Over time, dust builds up in the filters and coats the inside of the machine. In order to maintain the level of air quality, you will have to devote time to cleaning filters and the machine itself, especially the tank. Take note of the dust that collects inside and outside of the machine. If you notice a coating of dust on the outside of the machine, it is an indicator that the filters and seals are not performing at peak condition. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions on maintaining your machine. Often, it is best to simply replace filters even if they claim to be lifetime filters.
Bagged vacuums do not rely as much on filters and seals as their bagless counterparts. Dust collects in a bag which you will have to change. How often you change the bag depends upon how much you vacuum and how much dust collects in your house. Having to buy bags is often seen as a drawback. However bags are not necessarily all that expensive, especially when compared to the cost of filters but remembering to have replacement bags on hand is more often the issue. One definite benefit to having bags is that you will avoid a dust cloud when emptying the machine. Bagless tanks often spread dust into the air when emptied. Additionally, bags come in HEPA filter styles that will definitely improve the quality of air by filtering out small particles. If you suffer from allergies, you will probably notice a difference between paper and HEPA bags.
Bagless and bagged vacuums are not the only type of vacuum on the market. There is a type of vacuum that uses a water tank system as well. These were among the first styles of vacuums to be marketed specifically to allergy sufferers. They use a tank of water to trap dust from vacuuming. This is a very effective way of trapping irritating dust and also avoids the problems of having bags on hand as well as the dust cloud from emptying a bagless tank. The drawback is that you will have to empty the water tank after every use, which can become “muddy” from the mix of dirt and water.
If you have difficulty choosing, find a shop that specializes in vacuum repair and sales.