How to Use Your Vacuum To Improve Your AllergiesDo you suffer from allergies? Allergies and breathing problems are common among people in the United States, with approximately 55 percent of the people in the U.S. suffering from either asthma or allergies. Some of the most common allergies that people have are allergies to pet dander and dust mites. unlike spring fever, these allergens are present year-round and found inside the home, meaning they often cause trouble. You can take medications to help with your allergy symptoms, but the best way to relieve your symptoms is to remove the allergen from your environment. 

How do you do that? Air filters help to remove allergens from your air, but one of the best ways that people often don’t think about to remove allergens is cleaning your carpets. Think about it: allergens settle onto the surfaces in your home. The biggest surface in your home is likely your carpets, so your carpets probably collect a lot of allergens. This is actually great because it means that the allergens aren’t in your air, but it becomes a problem when those allergens build up and start being expelled into the air with every step you take on your carpets. So what do you do? Vacuum your carpets!

How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaners for Allergies

Not all vacuums are the same. Some vacuums are better at removing allergens than others. In order to make sure you choose a vacuum that will effectively remove allergens from your home, look for the following qualities

Low Emissions

Emissions are pollutants that came from a vacuum cleaner while the vacuum is in use. Emissions can come from the body of the vacuum due to bad seals, or from the brush or the other moving parts of the vacuum. If you have ever felt your foot being hit by small particles while you vacuum, you have experienced emissions. We will go over specific technologies to help reduce emissions later, but be sure to look for a vacuum that has low emissions.

A HEPA Filter

Filters are one of the most important parts of a vacuum because they catch small particles instead of releasing them back into the air as emissions. Thus, you want to make sure that you choose a good filter. HEPA filters are high-efficiency particulate air filters. The HEPA filter is a microporous filter that traps small particles of dust, dander, and debris, including common allergens. Vacuum cleaners that are unequipped with HEPA filters tend to circulate these particles back into the air instead of trapping them within your vacuum. =

Anti-Allergen Seals

Along with a good filter, you want to make sure that your vacuum has a good seal as well. Anti-allergen seals are a special technology that keeps the canister locked tightly as to trap all the dust, debris, and particles. Without a good seal, your vacuum will release allergens into your air, so look for a vacuum that advertises having a good seal. 

Strong Suction Technology

The amount of suction that a vacuum has is important in its ability to lift allergens out of your carpets. It can be hard to determine the suction level of a vacuum, but a vacuum with suction control usually have more suction power than vacuums without a control. Just be sure to set the setting to the strongest strength for the best results.

Adjustable Pile Height Settings

Carpets come with different height piles, and in general carpets with longer pile can be harder to clean and remove allergens from than carpets with shorter pile. In order to make sure that your vacuum is effective for your pile, choose a vacuum with adjustable pile height settings. Make sure that you also know how to adjust these settings and that you do it for your carpets. The different carpets in your home can have different pile heights, so you may need to adjust this every time you vacuum to effectively clean your carpets.

Cleaning Up After the Vacuum

Choosing the right vacuum is important in removing allergens from your home. However, even the best vacuum cannot remove all allergens from carpets. That’s where a professional carpet cleaner comes in. You should get your carpets professionally cleaned every 6-12 months in order to clean up any allergens that the vacuum might have missed. San Juan Chem-Dry is proven to remove 98% of allergens from carpets*, much more than your vacuum can!


The best way to keep carpets clean from allergens is a combination of a good anti-allergen vacuum and proper professional cleaning. Hopefully, this guide has helped you to learn how to choose a good vacuum that will reduce the amount of allergens in your home.


*Based on studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction) cleaning process. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Figures are an average across multiple tests.