Dead human skin cells. Dust mites and their feces. Pollen, pet dander, mold and bacteria. Lurking inside house dust is a cocktail of these unpleasant, microscopic particles. They’re called allergens, and just 0.000001g can be enough to trigger the coughing, sneezing and itching of an allergic reaction.
Pet hair contains pet dander that can trigger allergic reactions – sneezing, itching, a runny nose. Once it has settled on carpets, rugs or upholstery, it can be hard to remove. And it’s easily transferred between upholstery and clothing, so it quickly spreads further around the home.
Some allergens are just 0.5 microns in size. That's 0.000197 inches. Or 200 times smaller than a human hair. This means they can easily enter the body through inhalation. When this happens, some people's immune systems overreact to the presence of the particles, producing antibodies to repel them. Subsequent physical reactions include itching eyes, a running nose, sneezing and coughing to combat the allergens.
Your home may look clean, but microscopic dust remains hidden in floor crevices or ground into carpet, rugs and soft furnishings. Within this dust are allergens, and inhaling even a small amount is enough to trigger an allergic reaction. A single gram of house dust can contain around 100,000 mold spores alone.
Removing the hidden dust can help reduce the number of allergens left in your home. Regular vacuuming is an effective way to keep house dust under control.Click the arrow to see how to reduce allergens in your home.
Reduce their food supply – vacuum wood floors, mats and carpets to reduce the amount of skin cells and other organic matter.Target areas where you sit and sleep – vacuum mattresses and sofas to suck up skin cells and dust mite feces.Stop them breeding – air out your mattress to cool the temperature of the bed. This prevents dust mites from breeding as quickly.
Regularly vacuum floor surfaces – most pollen is actually found on the floor of your home and under furniture, not in the air.Don’t let pollen in – outdoor clothing (like your coat) can bring pollen into the home, so keep it clean. And make sure windows and doors are closed during high pollen seasons.
Avoid a build up of allergens – your pet sheds every day, but vacuuming regularly ensures the hair and dander is trapped before it builds up.Keep pets away from your bedroom – reducing how much pets are around areas where you spend a lot of time can reduce your contact with allergens.
The presence of mold spores is heightened during wet weather and harvesting seasons.The spores are present in house dust as well as air borne.Remove house dust and tackle damp areas on walls, ensuring they are free from mold.
A filter can be made using HEPA material, but if it’s not designed to cope with a vacuum’s airflow, allergens and bacteria can pass straight through and out into the room.
A filter can meet HEPA standards, but if it’s not properly sealed, dirty air can bypass the filter, dispersing dust and allergens into the home.
Poor seals throughout the machine result in dirty air leaking straight back out into the room.
To achieve the asthma and allergy friendly™ certification, Dyson vacuums undergo an independent program of rigorous tests. These tests cover the removal of allergen-containing test dust from carpets, the levels of airborne allergens during vacuuming, filtration integrity, cleaning performance when the bin is almost full, and the risk of allergen exposure during bin emptying. Dyson machines meet and exceed the strict criteria for all of these tests.
For a vacuum cleaner to be effective at removing allergens, it needs more than just HEPA filtration. Just as important are powerful suction, high dust removal at the cleaner head, the ability to capture particles down to 0.5 microns and hygienic bin emptying.Click the arrow to see how a Dyson performs.
Dyson vacuums are engineered to be airtight, ensuring that the air that leaves them is cleaner than the air you breathe.
Dust and dirt are drawn into powerful cyclones where centrifugal forces of up to 100,000G extract allergens as small as mold spores and pollen from the airflow and fling them straight into a clear bin.
Dyson engineers have stripped back the design of the cleaner head so that the pick-up system has end to end coverage - meaning less allergens left in your home.
The HEPA filter in a Dyson vacuum is an extra safeguard for allergy sufferers. It is airtight within the machine to ensure it has maximum effect. It traps microscopic particles that are 0.3 microns in size.
Dyson Ball Allergy's pickup performance has highest geometric average when carpets, hard floors and creviced hard floor results are combined. Tested against upright market, dust loaded.And because it has a completely sealed system, only cleaned air is expelled back into your home. More microscopic dust locked in the bin, less allergens left in your home.
Dyson research has shown that the best way to remove allergenic dust mite droppings from mattresses is by using powerful suction. This also removes their food source - our dead skins cells - and so by reducing their food source, dust mite populations can also be reduced.
Carbon Fiber Soft Dusting Brush has anti-static filaments to gently remove dust and allergens from hard surfaces.
The Reach under tool fits into awkward places to remove dust and allergens. Comes with additional brush attachment for tight spaces and dusty corners.
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