You vacuum your home religiously to dispose of all the residue, dirt, and bacteria and ensure your indoor air is up to snuff.
Be that as it may, new research proposes that some vacuum cleaners may really be exacerbating the situation, worse.
Certain vacuum cleaners spit fine residue and bacteria again into the air, where they can spread diseases and trigger allergies.
Australian researches tried 21 vacuum cleaners from 11 producers, including two commercial models. The vacuums were a half year to 22 years of age, and ranged from under $100 to nearly $800. Brands incorporated Dyson, Electrolux, Hoover, iRobot, and Sanyo. The analysts estimated 62 diverse air emissions.
All discharged some bacteria, residue, and allergens once again into the air. More up to date and increasingly costly vacuum cleaners for the most part caused less indoor air contamination than more old, less expensive models, the examination stated.
Vacuums with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters discharged just marginally lower levels of dust and bacteria than vacuums that did not utilize these special filters. HEPA channels should expel 99.9% of the pollen, animal dander, and even bacteria from the air.
Indoor Air Cleaning Tips from the Pros
In any case, don’t go throwing your trusty vacuum cleaner out so rapidly, says Viviana Temino, MD. She is an assistant professor of allergy and immunology at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine.
“For a vacuum to do more damage than good, it must be an extremely old vacuum cleaner that has never been cleaned,” she says. “When all is said in done, most vacuums do take up more residue, dirt, and allergens than they discharge.”
HEPA filters are as yet the best approach, she says: “They eliminate a larger number of particles than they discharge back.”
There are different things you can do to keep your indoor air clean. “On the off chance that you or somebody in your home has indoor allergies, get rid of of your carpet,” she says. “On the off chance that you have throw rugs, wash them once every week in extremely boiling water. This will execute off residue parasites and different allergens.”
Feather dusters simply move dust around the room. Rather, try a microfiber or electrostatic cloth. These don’t stir up dust, she says.
Jeffrey May says HEPA filters are as yet the best. He is the chief researcher at May Indoor Air Investigations in Tyngsborough, Mass., and writer of a few books, including My House Is Killing Me! The Home Guide for Families with Allergies and Asthma. “A junky old vacuum cleaner will discharge a bigger number of allergens than a more current one,” he says.
His recommendation? Get a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter, and change the filter and clean your home consistently. “Make sure to vacuum under furniture and behind furniture,” May says. “You can’t accept the stuff that collects there, and this can be a gigantic source of allergens.”
‘Better to Continue Regular Vacuuming’
Jill A. Notini says vacuuming the house is as yet the best approach. She is VP of communications and marketing for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.
Notini couldn’t survey the investigation, however says the American Chemical Society’s news discharge with respect to it doesn’t lead her to finish up “that anybody should quit vacuuming their home. It is by a wide margin better to proceed with normal vacuuming and cleaning to lessen particles and helps improve by and large indoor air quality,” she tells WebMD.