Vacuum cleaners are an essential piece of your arsenal against exposure to allergens.
Experts agree that one of the best things you can do to manage allergies, especially inhalant allergies, is clean frequently. Vacuum cleaning can remove both dust and other allergens, if done properly and regularly. Consider vacuuming at least once and week and more frequently if your allergies are serious or you have carpet in your home.
Many brands of vacuum cleaner will give you good performance for allergy control. Eureka, Electrolux, Miele, Sebo and Dirttamer vacuum cleaners all make various models that can be used for allergen and dust mite control. In many cases, you can choose from central, upright, canister or hand held cordless vacuums and still get the effective removal of dust and allergens. If you want to be able to do a quick clean at any time, consider a hand held cordless HEPA Vacuum. You can address a dust problem immediately and quickly with these kinds of units.
When shopping for a vacuum cleaner, you need to pay attention to the information about the vacuum. A "HEPA-like" vacuum is not the same as a true "HEPA" vacuum. If your allergies or asthma is very severe, you may want to step up to a true HEPA vacuum, even though it will generally cost you a bit more.
What about the convenience of central vacuums? Central / Whole house vacuums have the advantage of being very easy on the back versus other models. This can be a significant advantage if you are cleaning frequently. Older style units have been subject to some complaint, including that the further that one gets away from the unit itself, the worse the performance will be. If you are considering this kind of unit, ask to visit a customer with a house designed like yours if at all possible. This can allow you to ask some questions about performance of the unit. Also be sure to ask about options in the length of hose. If the hose is too short some corners may always be left un-vacuumed.